OUR MISSION

THE 787 COLLECTIVE GATHERS AND RESOURCES AUSTIN-AREA CONGREGATIONS SEEKING TO ENGAGE WITH YOUNG ADULTS THROUGH CREATIVE VENTURES THAT DEEPEN LOVE FOR GOD, SELF AND OTHERS.

Why does the
Collective exist?

The Collective exists to discover new and innovative methods for bridging Christian communities and young adults in ways that will transform both populations.

THE PROCESS

The 787 Collective encourages congregations to spend time discerning whether they feel called to walk with people in their twenties. If a congregation does discern a calling, the 787 Collective supports them with educational and financial support.

Get Started

We invite you to a process of narrating the story of your congregation, doing something new, and becoming part of a learning community.

Get Started

Our hope in the Collective is that together we might discover new and innovative methods for bridging Christian communities and young adults in ways that will transform both populations.

CREATIVE VENTURES

Studio

787 Studio events are open to all. They engage not only the mind, but the creative spirit. We will challenge our usual ways of relating by entering the sacred space of making—making art, writing music, improvising, crafting plays, dancing and more.

COLONY

The 787 Artist’s Colony will be a contemplative space for the individual work of spiritual transformation needed to listen deeply and with an open-heart, to let go of presumed certainty, and to follow the surprising calls of the Holy.

COMMUNAL DINNER

The ritual of breaking bread together is essential to the life of the community and gives Collective members a chance to engage in fellowship, share learning, and create a gathering space for all those that share in the joys and struggles of our work.

NEWS & EVENTS

Reflection: South Writ Large Article

One of the best things about working with and for the 787 Collective is holding thoughts, ideas and questions around what it means to be church, and how we might do it better. This sort of reflection has been both inward and outward for me, as I hope it’s been for all of our congregations,…

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In Our Words: Fall Collective Retreat

In late September, the churches of the 787 Collective gathered in retreat at Lutherhill Camp in La Grange, Texas. It was a time for reflection, fellowship, worship, and working on project proposals. We interviewed a few of our participants so you can hear about the event through their own words. Read their responses below:  …

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Day of the Dead

This isn’t a comfortable title for a holiday, for many of us. A sense of conditioning in our society exists: to present our best selves, a self that isn’t sad or holding on to grief too tightly. It’s also difficult and weird to talk about our dead. We even hesitate to say someone “died” instead…

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Threshold People

This is supposed to be a blog post about a tent, or more specifically our raising of a tent, so I want to be true to that intention and not leave our poor, wonderful tent out in the cold. So here’s the long and short of it: We have a tent, purchased through a grant…

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Advisor Dinner: A Study in Spiritual Objects

In an effort to keep our project as young adult centered as possible, we’ve been cultivating an advisor program over the past year that is now entering its second iteration. We’re still in the process of building this community, but we got things started with a committed core of folks over dinner in late August.…

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Faith and Beyonce

At the 787 Collective, we couldn’t help but notice Beyonce entered faith discussions at what seemed a higher rate than usual last month. With the publication of his book I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé, Michael Arceneaux invites the reader on his own journey…

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In Our Words: Collective Retreat

Name: Karen Age: 71 Relationship to the Collective (or the event): Member of St. John’s United Methodist Core Group for the 787 Collective. Describe the event in three sentences or less: The retreat was a marvelous opportunity to experience time away with other members of my church’s core group; to engage with participants from other churches…

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In Our Words: Citizen Book Discussion

Name: Elizabeth Welliver Age: 25 Relationship to the Collective (or the event): Young Adult Volunteer, part-time worker for the Collective, Attended Citizen: An American Lyric – Book Discussion: April 15, 2018 Describe the event in three sentences or less: A spirit-filled discussion of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. The group was intergenerational, interracial, and…

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In Our Words: Christians Dreaming Dreams with Dreamers

Name: Audrey Burnett Age: 33 Relationship to the Collective (or the event): Student Worker for the 787 Collective; Attended Christians Dreaming Dreams with Dreamers at the Texas Capitol: April 9, 2018 Describe the event in three sentences or less: This was a public performance/protest that took place in our state capitol as a way to…

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In Our Words: 36 Days, 36 Ways Challenge

Name: Travis Fitzgold Age: 33 Relationship to the Collective (or the event): First English Lutheran Church, 36 Days/36 Ways Challenge, 2018 Describe the event in three sentences or less: I decided to walk up and down Guadalupe St. (“the drag”) in Austin, holding a sign that said, “Free Prayers/Oraciones Gratis”. My goal was to evoke…

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ABOUT US

The 787 Collective gathers congregations primarily within the 787 zip codes who seek to engage young adults through creative ventures that deepen love for God, self, and others. Funded by The Lilly Endowment Inc. and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary through Education Beyond the Walls, the 787 Collective is dedicated to creating a vibrant network of authentic and empowering relationships between Austin congregations and young adult communities through innovation, collaboration, and service.