"She'd say Alabanza. Alabanza means to raise this thing to God's face and to say, quite literally, praise to this"
Ella decía “alabanza”. Alabanza significa elevar esta cosa ante el rostro de Dios y decir literalmente ¨gracias por esto¨
Father I’d like to thank you.
Señor Dios te doy gracias.
Today Lord I pray that you hear us, every voice, whisper, laugh, and cry here. Lord allow us to understand the hallowed ground we stand upon. Help us to find within ourselves peace so we may truly see what is around us. We stand here before you and before those with us in a celebration of your grace.
Este día Señor te ruego que oigas a cada una y cada uno de nosotros, cada voz, susurro, risa, y llanto. Señor ayúdanos a comprender que estamos en un suelo santo. Estamos frente a ti y frente a los que con nosotros celebran tu gracia.
With these people we’ve seen so many things on our journey
Here we witnessed scarred buildings
Star spangled fences
Seats for those whose dreams were left in the chain link fences and earthly roots
Maybe “everything that happens on Earth doesn't stay on Earth”
Because we’ve seen where Jesus wept
Con estas personas hemos viajado y visto tanto:
cercas y murallas decoradas con la bandera de las estrellas y las franjas
Asientos para los que tuvieron que dejar atrás los sueños, encadenados a la muralla y a las raíces del terruño.
Tal vez todo lo que pasa en la tierra no queda aquí
Porque hemos visto dónde Jesús lloró
With these people we heard
Stories of struggle and inspiration
We’ve heard our own laughter and joy
We’ve heard cries and slow tears
We heard music and bells ringing
Con ellos hemos oído
relatos de lucha e inspiración
Hemos oído nuestras risas y alegrías
Hemos oído llanto y visto lágrimas caer sin prisa
Hemos oído música y el doblar de las campanas
Here, love is what matters.
Aquí el amor es lo que importa
It is love of others, love of self, love of home, and love of God that drives us to get up every morning and live.
Es el amor por otros, por una misma, uno mismo, por el hogar, y amor por Dios que nos inspira a levantarnos cada día y a vivir.
Es el amor en nuestras vidas que nos ayuda a mejorar nuestro mundo cada día.
It’s the love in our lives that helps us to make our world better everyday
It is this love, este amor, that inspires us to walk a different path, one less traveled,
A path to peace.
Each twist and turn of our paths are littered with obstacles we may not overcome ourselves
Es este amor que nos inspira a caminar un sendero diferente, uno menos recorrido
Un sendero a la paz
Cada paso y cada giro está atestado de obstáculos que nosotros mismos no podemos superar
Hay cosas en nuestro sendero que requieren la ayuda de otros
There are things on our path that we will need the help of others
Damos gracias a Dios and we pray
We give thanks to God y oramos
We thank you Lord for the chances you've given us
We pray for the kids that don't experience our privilege
I pray for the little boys who were called dirty immigrants or criminals due to the color of their skin or the language they spoke
For they will be called children of God
I pray for the little girl who thinks she can do nothing because Lord she needs to know she has a chance
For she will see God
I pray for the children who have to see their land seized by men with guns and steel while they see their parents fight for it.
For theirs is the Kingdom of God
I pray for broken homes and lost hopes
For they will be filled
I pray for those who cannot carry themselves and for those who carry them
For they will be comforted
I pray for the disenfranchised and oppressed
For they will inherit the earth
Damos gracias a ti Señor por las oportunidades que nos has dado
Oremos por los que no experimentan nuestro privilegio
Oro por el niño que llaman “inmigrante sucio” o “criminal” debido a la color de su piel o la lengua que habla
Porque ellos serán llamados hijos de Dios
Oro por la niña que piensa que no puede hacer nada porque Señor ella necesita saber que puede hacerlo todo
Porque ella verá Dios
Oro por los niños que ven hombres con pistolas y hierro robarles su hogar mientras sus padres luchan por preservarlo
Porque el reino de Dios es de ellos
Oro por hogares quebrantados y esperanzas perdidas
Porque serán llenos
Oro por ellos que no pueden continuar y por ellos que los ayudan a continuar
Porque serán consolados
Oro por los privados de derechos y los oprimidos
Porque heredarán la tierra
I pray for the silenced and the words they wish to speak
Allow their words to pop speakers and move us to new heights
I pray for the roses in concrete jungles
Lord let them bloom and bloom and bloom and bloom
I pray for those of us that have thunderstorms in our hearts and tornadoes in our minds and earthquakes in our soles
For the weather cannot stop us and we have so much more to do
Oro por los silenciados y las palabras que quieren decir
Que dejas sus palabras resuenen en los altavoces y nos inspiren a crecer
Oro por las rosas en los barrios y las junglas de cemento
Señor Dios deja que florezcan y florezcan y florezcan y florezcan
Or por los que sufrimos tormentas en el corazón y tornados en la mente y terremotos en nuestras plantas de los pies
Porque el clima no puede pararnos y nos queda tanto por hacer
Oramos por ellos que no saben lo que viene
Que el tiempo sea una amiga
We pray for those who don't know what is to come
May time be a friend
I pray for those who “don’t have much strength to fight”
That they may “look to the light, to make these wrongs turn right, heads up high
Look to the light”
Oro por ellos que no tienen mucho fuerza para luchar
Que pueden mirar la luz, hacer justicia de las injusticias, con las cabezas erguida
Mirar la luz
Hear us Lord
Oramos por los niños sin familia
Oramos por los niños en el barrio
Oramos por todos los que ya no tienen paz en sus vidas
Oramos por los que tienen miedo
Miedo del futuro de este país o del mundo
Dios ayúdanos a mejorar este mundo por el bien de nosotros y el de los que vendrán
We pray for kids without family
We pray for the kids in the ghetto
We pray for all who don't know peace in their lives
We pray for the fearful
Fear for the future of this country or this world
Lord help us a make this world better for ourselves and for those after us
I pray for this city and its people, big and small, light and dark.
I pray for its first inhabitants and those that were forced here by the next ones
May their tree never fall
Oro por esta ciudad y sus gente, grande y pequeña, blanca y morena
Oro por los primeros habitantes y los que los que vinieron después forzaron a venir
Que su árbol nunca se caiga
So I stand before you in this place
“Wishing you godspeed, glory”
Hoping you know that “this love will keep us through blinding of the eyes, silence in the ears, darkness of the mind” the aging of the years, the oppression of the small, the ending of life.
This love will guide us through the hate, the shootings, the silencing, the cries, the pleads, the suffering, the misery, the sobs, It will get us through the bombings like the one that happened in this city.
Y así estoy aquí contigo
“Deseándote suerte y gloria”
Ojalá sepas que este amor va a guardarnos de la ceguera de los ojos, el silencio en los oídos, la oscuridad de la mente, el envejecimiento con el correr de los años, la opresión de los pequeños, y el fin de la vida
Este amor nos guiará a través del odio, tiroteos, lloros, silenciamientos, plegarias, sufrimiento, miseria, gemidos. Este amor puede guiarnos aun durante bombardeos como el que ocurrió en esta ciudad
So we bring these things to your face God and we say Alabanza. We see you Lord in each other and in ourselves. And here we love, unconditionally and deeply, for that is what you've called us to do. And so we scream your praises, we scream our pleads, we scream because that's all we have left to do and we scream to you Lord. We scream it from the mountaintops and from the valleys below. We scream it in caves and streets. In bell towers and monuments.
We scream it Lord.
Y así Señor traemos estas cosas ante tu rostro y decimos Alabanza. Te vemos a ti Señor en los otros y en nosotros. Y aquí amamos profundamente y sin condiciones, porque eso es lo que nos llamaste a hacer. Gritamos tu alabanza, gritamos nuestras súplicas, gritamos porque es todo lo que nos queda y te gritamos a ti Señor. Gritamos desde las montañas más altas y los valles más profundos. Gritamos en las cuevas y las calles. En campanarios y monumentos.
Lo gritamos Señor
Download the pdf of Alabanza.
So, you have your EYE17 Peace Coin. You are among a very small group of Episcopalians who hold one of these limited edition items. You have been entrusted with this coin as an outward sign of your commitment to peacemaking.
The Peace Coin is based on the concept of a Challenge Coin, which you may have heard about on the popular podcast, 99% Invisible. According to Wikipedia, a Challenge Coin "is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members." Challenge Coins are not like actual money. They are typically larger, more colorful, and have symbols on them that are identifiable only if you are a member of the particular group or organization that produced them.
Similarly, the Peace Coin was produced for participants of EYE17 as a reminder that we are part of the Episcopal branch of The Jesus Movement dedicated to making and keeping peace in our communities and across the globe.
Do you know what each of the Peace Coin symbols mean?
Can you identify every symbol on the coin? Maybe you can get most, but not all of them? Maybe you're a super-Episcopalian and could identify every icon on the first try?
If you're like many of us, once the symbol is decoded you can easily identify its origin.
Here's a quick decoder for your EYE17 Peace Coin.
CULTIVATE (the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference) is an Episcopal conference for leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses. Held annually, this conference is an opportunity for leaders who are new to this work as well as those who have longstanding roots in this ministry. It is an opportunity for participants to meet and connect with one another in order to be nourished and nurtured in ministry with young adults.
For more information about CULTIVATE and Young Adult and Campus Ministries, contact: The Rev. Shannon Kelly, Officer for Campus & Young Adult Ministries, 212-716-6081, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement program of the Episcopal Church, and a living example of the Church’s commitment to aid the stranger in our midst. In 2016, EMM helped over 5,700 refugees from 35 countries build new lives in peace and security in 30 communities across the United States. EMM collaborates with local partner agencies in 27 Episcopal dioceses and 23 states to welcome those fleeing persecution.
For more information about Episcopal Migration Minstries, contact: Allison Duvall, Program Manager for Church Relations and Engagement, 212-716-6027, email@example.com.
Episcopal Peace Fellowship is a national organization connecting all who seek a deliberate response to injustice and violence and want to pray, study and take action for justice and peace in our communities, our church, and the world. Episcopal Peace Fellowship believes that all are called to do justice, dismantle violence, and strive to be peacemakers.
For more information about Episcopal Peace Fellowship, contact: Allison Liles, Executive Director, 312-922-8628, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Episcopal Church Office of Governmental Relations represents the policy priorities of the Episcopal Church to the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. Grounded in the resolutions of General Convention and Executive Council, their current priority areas are refugees and immigration, environmental stewardship, and international development and conflict. They also engage on criminal justice reform, anti-poverty work, and other issues where the Episcopal Church is called to have a unique impact. Episcopalians can engage the work of the Office of Governmental Relations through the Episcopal Public Policy Network, the grassroots network of Episcopalians across the country dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to "strive for justice and peace" through the active ministry of public policy advocacy.
For more information about the Office of Governmental Relations and the Episcopal Public Policy Network, contact Alan Yarborough, email@example.com, 202-547-7300.
Episcopal Relief & Development serves on behalf of all Episcopalians as a compassionate response to human suffering in the world. Reaching more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries worldwide, the organization partners within the Anglican Communion and ecumenically to help communities rebuild after disasters and create long-term strategies to overcome poverty, hunger and disease. This work is inspired by Jesus' words in Matthew 25 and the Baptismal Covenant promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, respecting the dignity of every human being.
For more information about Episcopal Relief & Development, contact Sean McConnell, Senior Director of Engagement, 855-312-HEAL (4325), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in 2002, Kids4Peace is a global movement of Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth and families, dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world. Kids4Peace operates international summer camps, leadership programs and a six-year, year-round program of activities in local chapters for more than 500 Palestinian, Israeli and North American youth.
For more information about Kids4Peace, contact: Fr. Josh Thomas, Executive Director, 202-544-3000, email@example.com.
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. UTO is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the monies through a grants process to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.
To learn more about how to participate in the United Thank Offering, contact: Heather Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering, 917-771-3366, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) is a ministry for those interested in exploring their faith in new ways by living and serving in communities around the Anglican Communion. YASC offers young adults a unique opportunity to be an active part of what God is doing in the world.
For more information about Young Adult Service Corps, contact Elizabeth Boe, Mission Personnel Officer, 212-716-6381, email@example.com.
Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers sustains and enhances the ministry of all camps and conference centers of the Episcopal Church by nurturing professional growth and development of current and future leaders; fostering excellence in the operation and services of member centers; strengthening the network of communication, collegiality, and support among leaders of centers; and advocating for camp and conference ministry within the wider Church.
For more information about Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers, contact: Bill Slocumb, 760-445-6774, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of more than 60 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States by speaking and acting decisively against the unholy trinity of poverty, racism and violence. Bishops United Against Gun Violence offers four contributions: public liturgy including processions, vigils and prayers services to commemorate the dead and inspire the living; spiritual support for those living with gun shot wounds, with grief, with fear and with the temptation of hopelessness, and advocacy for broader and easier access to mental health services for those at risk of suicide; sound teaching for those yearning to bring an ethic of Christian compassion and concern for the common good to bear on debates regarding unjust economic and legal structures, public safety, individual rights and our responsibilities to one another as children of God; and persistent advocacy for common sense gun safety measures that enjoy the support of gun owners and non-gun owners alike.
For more information about Bishops United Against Gun Violence, contact: The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, email@example.com; or The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the worship materials used for EYE17 below.
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noun 1. practice, as distinguished from theory; application or use, as of knowledge or skills.
The EYE17 Planning Team is pleased to offer the following Praxis Sessions for EYE17:
- The Jesus Movement, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry
- One Family: 85 Million Members, Elizabeth Boe, Mission Personnel Officer of The Episcopal Church
- 50 Digital Tools for Ministry (ADULT TRACK), Sarah Stonesifer, Digital Missioner at the Center for the Ministry of Teaching
- Episcopal Service Corps: Intentional Community as a Path to Peace, Malcolm McLaurin, Episcopal Service Corps
- The United Nations as a Path to Peace: Stories from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Representative to the United Nations
- Advocacy: Using Your Voice for Change, Lacy Broemel, Refugee and Immigration Policy Analyst and Alan Yarborough, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations
- The Awesome Polity & Governance of the Episcopal Church, The Rev. Gay Jennings, President of the House of Deputies and The Right Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Bishop of Ohio
- Speaking Peace: Nonviolent Communication in a Violent World, The Rev. Michael Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry within the Episcopal Church
- Let’s Talk About Peace: Getting Real, The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
- Latin@s Response to The Jesus Movement, The Rev. Anthony Guillén, Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries of The Episcopal Church
- Forma: We Are Here to Help You (ADULT TRACK), Bill Campbell, Forma Executive Director and Jamie Martin-Currie, Forma Board President
- Summer Camp Games, Janie Simonton, Teacher & Camp Counselor, Diocese of Southern Ohio
- A Just Generation: How Episcopal Relief & Development Can Help You Equip Students to be a Positive Force in the World (ADULT TRACK), Chad Brinkman, Program Officer, Engagement for Episcopal Relief & Development
- Scripture & Drama, Jess Elfring-Roberts
- Confirmation and Summer Camp: Immersive Formation for Life (ADULT TRACK), Lisa Kimball, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary
- The Beecken Center Trainings for Leadership in the Jesus Movement (ADULT TRACK), James Goodman, Associate Director for Program at The Beecken Center of The School of Theology at the University of the South
- Love God, Love Neighbor: The Episcopal Church Welcomes Refugees , Allison Duvall, Manager for Church Relations and Engagement for Episcopal Migration Ministries and Kendall Martin, Communications Manager, Episcopal Migration Ministries
- Ferguson Pilgrimage Panel, Heidi Kim, Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation for The Episcopal Church
- Introduction to Peer Ministry Leadership, Chad Senuta, Associate for Youth and Campus Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
- Get to Know Kids4Peace, Fr. Josh Thomas and Kids4Peace youth representatives
- It Ain't Easy Being Native: Indigenous Spiritual Identity in the United States and the Episcopal Church, The Rev. Brad Hauff, Missioner for Indigenous Ministries
- Becoming Beloved Community: Invitation and Challenges, Heidi Kim, Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation for The Episcopal Church
- For All the Saints! The Rev. Scott Gunn and The Rev. Tim Schenk
- Confirmation: What Really Works (ADULT TRACK), Lisa Kimball, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary
- Continuing the Conversation: Welcoming the Stranger, Allison Duvall, Manager for Church Relations and Engagement for Episcopal Migration Ministries and Kendall Martin, Communications Manager, Episcopal Migration Ministries
- SUMMA: A Student Theological Debate Society, James Goodman, Associate Director for Program at The Beecken Center of The School of Theology at the University of the South
- Let’s Talk About Peace: Getting Real, The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
- Peace Meditation & Movement: Wisdom-Traditions from Asia, The Rev. Fred Vergara, Missioner for Asiamerica Ministries in the Episcopal Church
- These Are Our Bodies - Sexuality and Spirituality for Youth (ADULT TRACK), Samantha Haycock, Episcopal Chaplain to the University of Arkansas and Caren Miles, Associate for Discipleship Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of California
- Jesus, Love and the Disinherited, The Rev. Charles Wynder, Jr., Staff Officer for Social Justice & Advocacy Engagement
- Real Skills for Dealing with Real People, Chad Senuta, Associate for Youth and Campus Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
- Alternate Worldview: Episcopal Relief & Development Empowering from Within, Chad Brinkman, Program Officer, Engagement for Episcopal Relief & Development
- United Thank Offering: Peace Begins with Gratitude, Sandra Squires, President of the United Thank Offering Board and Rachel McDaniel, Julia Chester Emery United Thank Offering Intern
- Seek. Serve. Be Transformed: Young Adult Missionaries in The Episcopal Church, Elizabeth Boe, Mission Personnel Officer of The Episcopal Church
- Taking EYE17 Home, Janie Simonton, Teacher & Camp Counselor, Diocese of Southern Ohio
- How Youth Led Ministry Leads to Peace: Sacred Circle, The Rev. Dr. John Palarine, Canon for Program and Youth in the Diocese of Southwest Florida and founder of Youth Presence Ministries
- Rites of Passage: Transitioning through Life's Journey, Angela Ifill, Missioner for the Office of Black Ministries
- Forma: Training and Mentoring Programs for You (ADULT TRACK), Bill Campbell, Forma Executive Director and Jamie Martin-Currie, Forma Board President
- Leading Contemplative Worship, Zack Nyein
The full list of Praxis workshop descriptions and times is linked below.
On Wednesday, July 12 the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma is sponsoring a day-long pilgrimage of sorts to important and meaningful sites in Oklahoma City, including the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.
That evening, the diocese is sponsoring the Red Dirt Carnival. Here is the Red Dirt Carnival map.
Dinner will be provided by food trucks hired for the Red Dirt Carnival. Every participant will receive a ticket for one meal from their Bus Captains. Additional food is available for purchase. Here are menus:
Areas covered: climate, what to bring (and what not to bring), parking, contact information, arrival and departure times
What is the weather like in July in Edmond?
It will be hot. In July, the average high is 94 degrees; the low is 72 degrees. You will be outside on Oklahoma City Day. Note that indoor facilities are air-conditioned, so prepare for much cooler indoor temperatures. Dorm Crew and chaperones will have instructions for weather-related emergencies. On Oklahoma City Day, weather emergency procedures are in place for the entire event and will be relayed as necessary.
Do I need spending money?
Yes. All meals, the event T-shirt, and program materials are included in your registration. However, the campus offers a coffee shop and bookstore if you’d like to purchase items. There will also be an Episcopal book store in the Exhibit Hall. Finally, you may also purchase additional food during the Red Dirt Carnival on Wednesday, Oklahoma City Day.
What is appropriate clothing for EYE17?
You should bring comfortable and appropriate clothing, such as jeans, shorts, T-shirts, and walking shoes. Please refrain from wearing provocative clothing, revealing shirts/pants/skirts, vulgar imprints, tobacco or alcohol advertisements, etc., as specified in the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event Covenant and Rules of Conduct.
Can my friends/relatives come and visit me?
No you cannot invite visitors. EYE17 is a closed event. Only invited guests and registered participants are allowed on campus during the event.
What’s the procedure if parents need to reach their children?
The EYE17 office number, (646) 856-7844, will also be monitored 24 hours a day. In case of emergency, parents may call the UCO Department of Public Safety (405) 974-2345.
Is there a lot of walking?
There is some walking required. It takes approximately 10 minutes to reach the most distant areas of the campus that we will be using. The campus is completely wheelchair-accessible. Also, during Oklahoma City Day, you will be boarding buses and walking through museums. We have responded to requests for assistance, as identified during registration. Please contact us if your mobility needs change.
Can I drive my car on campus?
No. Only those groups traveling to EYE17 in diocesan vehicles or rented vehicles will be permitted to park on campus.
I know I can’t bring a weapon but is a Swiss Army knife a weapon?
Yes. A Swiss Army knife is a weapon and is not allowed on campus. Please do not bring any sharp instruments to the event.
Can I drink alcohol?
No. Alcohol use is not permitted during EYE17.
Can I smoke or chew tobacco?
No use of tobacco products is not permitted during EYE17.
Are cell phones allowed at EYE17?
Yes. It is expected that participants will use cell phones to communicate as needed with parents and diocesan officials. Diocesan leaders may also be using cell phones as a means of communication with youth participants during the event. And, of course, the app is dependent on smart phone access. We do request that all phones are silenced during program times and should not be used so that they become a distraction to others and remove the user from being present in the community.
Should I bring electronic equipment (Game Boys, iPods, laptops) or valuables?
You are permitted to bring these items, but EYE17 and UCO are not responsible for anything stolen, lost, or misplaced. All electronic equipment must be silenced during EYE17 programs.
May I leave early?
No. Participants are expected to remain on campus for the duration of EYE17.
Areas covered: dorm living, recreation, food options, medical information
Where are the bathrooms in the dorms?
Some of the residence halls have bathroom facilities for each floor while others have two sleeping rooms connected by a bathroom. For dorms with open shower space, every stall is divided by a curtain. Members of the Pastoral Care Team serving as Dorm Crew, will help participants determine bathroom use.
Are the floors single gender?
In most dorms, each floor is designated for participants of a single gender. However, one dorm is designated as gender non-binary and gender inclusive. Rooms in this dorm will be assigned based on gender designations gathered during registration process. As always, we do our best to provide adequate and comfortable accommodations for all people, while working within the policies of The Episcopal Church.
Do I have to share a room?
Yes. In order to accommodate all registrations, sharing rooms is essential. Whenever possible, your roommate will be someone from your diocese or province. However, you may be assigned to share a room with a same-gender identified participant from a different diocese.
Do I have to be in my dorm room at night?
Yes. All participants are required to be quiet and in their own rooms at the time assigned on the schedule.
Are linens provided?
A pillow, blanket, sheets, and a washcloth and bath towel are provided by housing services. Please note that towels are smaller than what most people have at home, so you may wish to bring another.
What if I forget a necessary toiletry item?
There is a bookstore and convenience options in the Nigh University Center. For commonly forgotten items – like toothbrushes – please visit the Information Desk at the Nigh University Center
Do I need to bring an alarm clock?
Yes. Alarm clocks are not provided but they are extremely necessary. You can also choose to use your phone as an alarm clock.
Are the dorms air-conditioned?
All of the dorms, classroom spaces and large group indoor gathering areas are air-conditioned. For some, air conditioning can feel too cold. Participants are encouraged to bring a light sweater or jacket to use when indoors.
Will my dietary needs be met?
Yes. EYE17 and UCO’s food services are accommodating special dietary needs. We requested dietary specifics upon registration. Please contact us if your dietary needs have changed.
Will everyone eat at the same time?
No. Our group is too large to feed everyone at the same time. Participants will be assigned a dining time for each meal throughout the event. All members of a diocese will be assigned the same dining time.
Are meals mandatory?
EYE17 and the Foods Services Department will provide healthy, balanced meals each day. Participants will have a wide variety of choices at mealtimes. While meals are not mandatory, participants are encouraged to eat meals regularly in order to remain active and involved in EYE17 activities.
Is there a food court if I’m still hungry?
Meals are buffet-style and bedtime snacks are provided each evening. However, if you want to supplement your meals, there is a coffee shop and several fast food restaurants in the Nigh University Center where participants may purchase food and snacks.
Is there a place to work out?
No. UCO University athletic facilities will not be available to EYE17 participants.
Can I get up early and run?
Participants may run during designated free time by arrangement with your Registrar or On-Site Contact. If you are a chaperone, you may choose to run in the morning, however you must make sure your delegation is adequately chaperoned during your absence.
Will there be Internet access?
Wireless Internet is available in designated public areas.
Adult Mentor Responsibilities
Areas covered: Chaperone expectations and responsibilities
Is there an adult meeting at EYE17?
Every delegation will send at two adults, one of whom must be the Registrar or On-Site Contact, to one of two mandatory meetings held at the start of EYE17. One will be held Monday evening, the second Tuesday morning. Delegations will receive details about time and place of the meeting at registration.
Do I have to check in my youth at night?
Before going to sleep for the night, adult sponsors need to check that their youth are in their respective rooms and report to the Dorm Crew.
Do I have to get my youth up in the morning and make sure they are at morning program?
Yes. It is your responsibility to ensure that the young people you bring participate fully in EYE17. The event is built around programming and workshops, and youth come to EYE17 for this, not to sleep in.
Will I be housed with my young people?
Youth will be on the same wing/floor as adult mentors/chaperones of the same gender.
Program Schedule and Activities
Areas covered: Schedule, planned activities, participation
Will we have free time?
Yes, there is some free time scheduled every day with lots of fun things to do as well as ample space for quiet reflection. Because our dining schedule will be in three blocks, everyone will have some free time around each meal.
Will I need money for offerings at our worship services?
Yes, if you wish to contribute. At each of our community-wide liturgies an offering will be taken that reflects our program and focus for the day. Please consider putting aside an amount of what God has given you through work or allowances to give to these purposes. Prior to EYE17, you may consider raising funds through your congregation or diocese to bring as part of your EYE17 offering.
What toiletries should we bring for donation on Oklahoma City Day?
The Diocese of Oklahoma has requested that we bring travel-size toiletry items for donation on Oklahoma City Day. This may be soap, shampoo, lotion, or even a toothbrush. These will be donated to The Guild of St. George’s, which is an Episcopal food ministry at the Cathedral, http://www.stpaulscathedralokc.org/guild-of-st-george, Jesus House http://www.jesushouseokc.org,/which is a homeless shelter and recovery program, and City Rescue Mission https://cityrescue.org/, which is also a homeless shelter and recovery program.
Will the Presiding Bishop be there?
Yes, The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry plans to be present at EYE17 as does The Rev. Gay Jennings, President of the House of Deputies.
Areas covered: Personal acclimation, spiritual/emotional help
Will there be other groups on campus?
Yes. However, the campus is guarded and will be closed each evening.
If an issue comes up in my group, who can I go to?
If an issue arises approach the adult sponsors from your diocese, a member of the Pastoral Care Team, or an EYE17 chaplain or staff member. You may also contact the EYE17 office, (646) 856-7844.
Will I be separated from others in my diocese?
Potentially yes, but that is not required. Meals, workshops and free time are at the discretion of each participant as agreed upon with adult sponsors. Participants are encouraged to share in the rich cultural and geographic diversity available to them during EYE17.
Areas covered: Medical treatment, handling medications
Where do I go for medical treatment? Is there a nurse or doctor?
Our Medical Team is available in The Quad 24 hours a day the University Clinic is also open during business hours. For extreme health issues, a hospital is located near the campus. If you have an emergency and need immediate assistance, please call the EYE17 Medical phone, 929-441-5120, or the EYE17 office, (646) 856-7844.
These medications must be turned into the Medical Staff at check-in:
- Anything requiring refrigeration,
- Stimulant and non-stimulant medications for the treatment of ADD, ADHD, ODD, etc. Examples:
- Adderall (amphetamine)
- Ritalin (methylphenidate)
- Concerta (methylphenidate)
- Focalin (dexmethylphenidate)
- Daytrana (methylphenidate patch)
- Metadate (methylphenidate)
- Methylin (methylphenidate)
- Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)
- DextroStat (dextroamphetamine)
- Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate
- Strattera (atomoxetine)
- Intuniv (guanfacine)
- Medication for the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, etc. Examples:
- Wellbutrin (bupropion)
- Tofranil (imipramine)
- Aventyl (nortriptyline)
- Norpramin (desipramine)
- Alprazolam or Xanax (benzodiazepine)
- Spare epipen, and
- Spare inhaler
All other medications are the responsibility of the Registrar or On-Site Contact. If you have any question on whether your youth member's medication may need to be in the clinic, please ask any member of the EYE Medical Staff at registration.
All youth of color are invited to attend the EYE17 New Community Luncheon on Tuesday, July 11, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
What is the New Community? The New Community is the celebration of the Episcopal Church which is increasingly diverse, multicultural, and multilingual.
This luncheon is sponsored by the Offices of Asiamerica Ministries, Black Ministries, Indigenous Ministries, and Latino/Hispanic Ministries of the Episcopal Church.
Questions? Contact The Rev. Anthony Guillén, Missioner for Hispanic/Latino Ministries, email@example.com, 212-716-6073.