The Episcopal Church’s Department of Faith Formation, in partnership with the Episcopal Church Office of Latino Ministries and Office of Global Partnerships, and the seven dioceses of Province IX are looking forward to next month’s landmark event, Evento de Jóvenes Episcopales (EJE19).
Slated for July 17 to July 20, 2019, EJE19 is set to welcome young people between the ages of 16-26 and their adult mentors, all of whom live and worship in and around the dioceses of Province IX, for several days of worship, music, workshops, and community-building. The dioceses of Province IX are: Colombia, Central Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Ecuador Litoral, Honduras, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. They will be joined at EJE19 by delegations from Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America (IARCA), Cuba, Mexico and Brazil. This Spanish-language event will be held at Ciudad del Saber in Panama City, Panama, a former U.S. military base in Panama City that has been converted to an entrepreneurial hub and conference facility, with theaters, auditoriums, classrooms and dormitory-style lodging for EJE19 participants. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is scheduled to attend.
“I wish to thank The Presiding Bishop of TEC, the Most Reverend Michael Curry; the President of Province IX, the Right Reverend Víctor Scantlebury and the Organizing Committee of EJE19, for having selected the Episcopal Church of Panama, another Branch of the Jesus Movement, as the headquarters of the first Episcopal Youth Event in Latin America,” said Bishop Murray, Bishop, Episcopal Church of Panama and Presiding Bishop of IARCA. “Working with young people is fundamental for our church. It gives us the opportunity to influence, train and motivate the leadership of the next generation, in an integral way, on emerging issues that challenge evangelization, intentional discipleship and our response in matters of social justice in favor of building the Kingdom of God in the midst of the realities where we have been called to be Church. It is a pleasure and an honor to hold EJE19 in the Episcopal Church in Panama.”
“EJE19 will be an incredible gathering of young people to learn about and claim their place as members of the Jesus Movement,” said Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry. “We are the Episcopal Church, but the Lord we follow wants us to be more than that. We are baptized disciples of the Jesus of Nazareth, and we are therefore not just the Episcopal Church, but we are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. We are people committed to living his way of unselfish, sacrificial love. I’m looking forward to joining this community in July.”
EJE19 is styled after the popular Episcopal Youth Event, which is held every three years. Planning for EJE19 has included a team of Province IX youth and adult mentors called by their bishop and who have been meeting since the fall of 2017. In 2018, General Convention approved $350,000 in funding for the event.
You can follow EJE19 on via our webpage, episcopalchurch.org/eje19 or our Facebook group, facebook.com/groups/jovenesepiscopales or via the event app available for Android and iPhone, @EventodeJóvenesEpiscopales