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.

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.

YOUNG ADULT GATHERINGS

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 DINNERS

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 AND IDEAS

Universal Needs In Time of COVID-19 : Connection

Sopphey Vance is an MDiv student at Austin Seminary. Throughout this year he will be writing some of his reflections about universal human needs. Preface In the narration of the creation story in chapter two of Genesis, the Lord God says that “it is not good that the man should be alone;”. [1] While, the…

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A Scattering Journey

Hello fellow travelers! What a journey we are on.  It’s almost Friday, and the night sky is clear and beautiful in Austin.  It’s hard to believe that the same natural world renders things like hurricanes, or a deadly virus, into being. As the fall approaches, I feel and observe the accumulated fatigue in my own…

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We’re baaaaaaaaaack!

Dear 787 Friends, On this last day of July, I’m happy to say we’re slowly getting back in the groove of our newsletter as we all make the turn toward August and whatever the fall holds.  To this end, it would mean a lot to us if you would take a hot minute or two…

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Considering our Brokenness

Hello fellow travelers- What a time to be together, traveling forward towards what we hope will be a changed and more just world.  So much is afoot it’s hard to keep up, and know what to share, as the rate of change is rapid and our place on the curve always moving.  As the world…

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The Healing after a Riot

A short biblical reflection on Matthew 21: 12-17  During these times of injustice and unrest, I have found the cleansing of the temple as a rich story with a lot of imagery for our chaotic times. It begins with nothing short of what you could call Jesus causing a riot against people who performed a…

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A Full Life in the Emptiest of Places

Dear friends- The original material I had planned for this week’s blog just doesn’t seem to fit anymore.  So much has changed since last week.  So much is afoot and, literally, ablaze in our world.  So I’ll leave those ideas for another week.  Here are some thoughts: Contemplation in and for SolidarityWe’ve discussed Lectio Divina in these…

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From Around the Web

Dear Ones, Even as we hit a giant marker nationally in the number of known COVID-related deaths, our local officials in Austin, where COVID has disproportionately impacted the Latino community, warn that for many of us the virus seems “not yet real.”  It’s hard to wrap my head around both realities, though in the world of this…

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The Challenge of Grieving

Hello travelers! I hope this weekend was extended for many of you and an opportunity to rest your bodies and minds after an intense spring.  To mark the Memorial weekend, I’m structuring this email a bit differently.  Instead of including a contemplative practice and a creative idea, I’m including two articles I read over the…

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Spiritual Solidarity

Greetings! As we’ve slid past the mid-point of May, it’s hard to believe that in a few weeks we’ll be close to three months on this journey.  Lots of feelings over here about that, and I would venture to guess that I’m not alone.  All the more reason to dig into another contemplative practice this…

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Casting a Vision: Hopes and Dreams

Dear friends- Another week is drawing to a close and it’s hard to tell what/if/how we know more.   Things are shifting it seems, but some days it feels hard to imagine just where and when this ship is going to land.  We shared around this topic on our Tuesday call, trying to engage in some…

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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.