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

Book Review: The Art of Gathering

Once in a while things come across our radar from all sides, and so it was with Priya Parker’s book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters. The day after ordering my copy, I walked into my colleague Mikala’s office and saw it sitting on her desk. Mikala McFerren coordinates all…

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Notes from the Field: LGBTQ Resource List

Written by young adult guest blogger: K.K. On March 12 & 13 I attended the Young Adult Initiative Consultation in Indianapolis as a member of the 787 Collective. This was my first time at this conference, the fourth year it’s taken place, and on the flight up from Austin I read a packet of information…

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“Good Church” by Sheth LaRue

“I think people often come to the synagogue, the mosque, the church looking for God, and what we give them is religion, and I think that is a huge mistake. And sometimes we let our fussing around with the institution get in the way of what people came for, which is help in facilitating their…

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787 Studio: Community Sing!

787 Studio enlivens and inspires our day-to-day work and sense of togetherness. In this 2019 short course series, we’ll explore some of the key concepts and ideas coming across our radar, using an informal setting to explore ideas, practices, and modalities of community building with 787 staff and local practitioners. Our first 787 Studio short course is coming up on April 11th at 7 p.m. with the fantastic…

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Proclaim Series: Nostalgia

The first in our Proclaim Series is a sermon is from Gary Mathews, who is the Director of Alumni and Church Relations at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He preached it last September on Theological Education Sunday at Grace Presbyterian Church is San Antonio. Enjoy! Nostalgia: This Is Your Space, Not Mine 1 Samuel 3:1-10; Philippians…

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Proclaim!

Occasionally we hear a sermon that resonates deeply with the core of the 787 mission. In an effort to celebrate the art of proclamation, we decided to start sharing those with you and considering for ourselves what proclamation looks and feels like in and among the communities we serve. A quick Google search about the…

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Into the Quiet: A Workshop in Benedictine Meditation

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church is hosting quarterly quiet days for young adults (19-39) that will feature experts in quiet–Episcopal monastics from around the USA. The first one is Saturday, February 16, from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at St. Christopher’s (8724 Travis Hills Dr, Austin, Texas 78735) and will feature the practice of lectio devina.…

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Music. Making. Conversation: An Evening with James Hersch

Come listen as singer-songwriter James Hersh shares a little bit of music, a little bit of conversation, and a lot of creative fun as we enjoy the gift of music, consider the power of vocation, and get our creative circuits firing by crafting a collective song. It will be this Thursday, February 7, from 7-9 p.m.…

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Liturgical Playlist: Reflecting on Advent

In Alain de Boton’s TED Talk “Atheism 2.0” he considers the need for practicing atheists to adopt elements of religion to “satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.”  His insists that one of religion’s strengths is our capacity and practices for marking time. This got us thinking at The 787 Collective, wondering if…

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In Our Words: 787 Collective Celebration Dinner

In mid-November the 787 Collective gathered for a celebration dinner. Good food and conversations were shared and our congregations began submitting their proposals for the projects they will be starting in 2019! We interviewed two of our attendees who share their thoughts below.   Name: Betsy Appleton Age: 35 Relationship to the Collective: Team leader…

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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.