Application for the Episcopal Peace Fellowship's Young Adult Delegation for General Convention 2018
General Convention is the official decision making body of the Episcopal Church. When it is in session it is the largest democratically elected governing body in the world. What happens there matters. Most dioceses ensure that they have balanced representation among clergy and lay people. However, less than five percent of elected deputies are under the age of 30.
Episcopal Peace Fellowship's Young Adult Delegation is about creating a space so that the voice of those under 30 can be heard. It is an intense experience. We will spend the entire 11 days (July 3 - July 13, 2018) of General Convention advocating for the issues we are passionate about.
As a member of this delegation you will have many opportunities:
See first hand how the Episcopal Church makes decisions church wide;
Advocate for legislation you want passed by testifying in front of various committees;
Create legislation and then seek out sponsors to make your idea into church policy;
Network with people throughout the Episcopal Church;
Blog daily about your experiences at Convention;
If you want to participate as a member of the Young Adult Delegation come prepared to work both at General Convention and in the weeks before it takes place. These 11 days in Austin will change the way you experience the Church and how you see your own ability to impact the future. We are not coming to Convention for a vacation or to simply be the token young faces. We are coming to advocate for peace and justice issues that affect the entire Church. We are coming to convention to make a difference in the future of The Episcopal Church.
All members of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship Young Adult Delegation are responsible for their travel costs to and from General Convention in Austin as well as fundraising $1,000 to cover part of the cost of participating in the convention. EPF will assist you in the fundraising process and all funds raised will go directly to EPF. Once in Austin, EPF will cover all costs (housing, food, travel etc) at General Convention.
Applications are due March 1, 2018.