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

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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Consider: The Peace of Wild Things

Life is such a precious thing.  Even though I hear and experience the grief in our midst, and sense the overwhelming fatigue that’s set in after so many weeks of anxiety, I am amazed and inspired every day as I watch people show up.  For their families, partners, neighbors, churches, jobs.  For friends and children…

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Embodied Comfort

I hope Mother’s Day was a peaceful day for each of you and you found ways to connect with those you love, taking time to remember those who share or shared their mothering energy with us in ways that grow, challenge and change us through their generosity.  It’s rich to lean into the power of…

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Brave and Weary Travelers

Hello brave and weary travelers- It’s been a busy weekend here, and I feel like all the conversation about re-opening is giving folks even more to think about, so I’m going to try to keep this concise.  Here are two practices to consider this week as we work to stay centered, present and creative during…

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Meeting at the Threshold

Dear Adventurers- Another weekend passes, with the sun finally showing herself this afternoon.   It was glorious!  And then it was ninety-degrees.   Summer’s coming, and with it new seasons in this unfolding mystery.  I hope you found hours to rest this weekend, to lay down the mantle of things that occupy, challenge, or confound you during…

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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.