The 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20), scheduled to be held at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), July 7-11, 2020, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is deeply disappointing for many, and particularly for the 18 youth who have been called to serve on the planning team, many of whom are seniors”, said Bronwyn Clark Skov, Officer for Youth Ministries. “We are actively working to reschedule, with special consideration for the current senior class and will provide updates as soon as we can.”
All registered delegations and bishops have been contacted and arrangements are being made to refund deposits.
The Department of Faith Formation, which organizes the Episcopal Youth Event, hopes to reschedule the gathering for 2021.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offered the following message, “I know that the postponement of EYE is a real disappointment for so many of our young people, especially for graduating seniors. In this time of COVID-19 pandemic, young and old alike are being called upon to make sacrifices for the good and well-being of others, as well as for our own good. Those who have changed the world and human life for the good have always been those willing to make some kind of sacrifice for a higher purpose. I am writing this during Holy Week when Jesus was willing to sacrifice his life if necessary to witness to God’s way of love as the way of life for us all. As disappointing as postponing EYE is, please know that your sacrifice is one of many sacrifices being made by so many that are helping to save lives. For that, I thank you, and thank God for you! God love you. God bless you. And may God hold us all, the entire human family, in those almighty hands of love.”
Additional information about EYE20: https://events.episcopalchurch.org/eye/
Questions? Contact Bronwyn Clark Skov, firstname.lastname@example.org.