Reported by the Rev. Ann Urinoski
Our Diocese of Delaware contingent to the Episcopal Youth Event in Oklahoma City includes 2 youth, Aly Hall from St. James’ Mill Creek and Alicia McCarthy from Christ Church, Dover, and 2 adult advisors, Max Holdsworth from ECM and The Rev. Ann Urinoski, both from Christ Church, Christiana Hundred. The youth event is being held at the University of Central Oklahoma. On their first day, they heard the Presiding Bishop preach about loving God, loving our neighbor, loving ourselves, and going out to follow Jesus. Yesterday afternoon, the attendees broke into small group workshops. Members of the Delaware delegation split up, attending workshops on speaking peacefully, advocacy, peer ministry, and digital resources for ministry. Then, in the evening, they heard three local residents tell the stories of their experiences of the Oklahoma city bombing in 1995: Wendy Lambert, a volunteer; a first responder, and Melissa McLawhorn Houston, a survivor from one of the buildings who went on to help author the first anti-terrorist bill to get passed; and a first responder on the Oklahoma City Fire Department. Today, July 12th, they will visit the memorial, do some other sightseeing, and then visit the Red Dirt Carnival. Tomorrow, the last full day, they have workshops and a closing banquet. There are over a thousand youth (plus chaperones) attending EYE. The worship and plenary sessions are being livestreamed. Take a look and join our youth!