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

Borderlands Poetry: Dear Brother Douglas

I wrote this poem as a love letter to the U.S. border town of Douglas, AZ in reference to its sister border city Agua Prieta, MX. Douglas and Agua Prieta for the most part act as one single place for me and many people. But, the increase in border militarization and organized crime has allowed…

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Fronteras de Pertenencia: Parte 1

Mi nombre es James Martin y soy el estudiante trabajador en el 787 Colectiva. Estoy en mi primer año de seminario, y antes de venir al seminario, era profesor de ciencias naturales en una secundaria de un pueblo llamado Douglas, AZ, en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México. Los últimos cinco años viví en…

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Borders of Belonging: Part 1

My name is James Martin, and I am a student worker at the 787 Collective. I am in my first year of seminary, and before coming to seminary I was a middle school science teacher in a small town called Douglas, AZ on the U.S./Mexico border. The past five years I lived in the border…

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Odyssey Works Design Intensive

REGISTER HERE BY OCT 5TH FOR THE ODYSSEY WORKS DESIGN INTENSIVE The 787 Collective is proud to present this not-to-be-missed studio experience. From Odyssey Works Artistic Director Abraham Burickson: What is the one key to really great design? What is required for us to understand each other better? Work together better? A product or live…

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787 Collective Announces Second Wave of Grant Funding

The 787 Collective is pleased to announce that it will be offering a second wave of grants centered on the creative ventures and passions of young adults in mutual relationship with congregations. Read the Call to Congregations and Young Adults to understand the requirements and benefits to both participating young adults and congregations. If your…

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Reclaiming Positivity

During our March Communal dinner, we did a tiny art/reflection project around the things that we felt called to let die in our lives during the Lenten season.  Collective Member Caitlin Parsons shared that she was working to let go of negativity in her life, and shared this article about releasing “junk emotions” with the…

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Proclaim Series: The Word of God?

For this next post in our Proclaim series, we chose a particularly insightful sermon from Caroline Barnett, a Senior Mdiv student from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS). She addresses a complicated passage from the Bible and how it is that we wrestle with these tough things. Senior Sermon: The Word of God? by Caroline Barnett…

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Ties That Bind

Written by: Martha Lynn Coon This Easter season, as we consider the story of the Resurrection, I’d like to spend some time thinking about linen.  More specifically, the fabric that bound the body of Jesus and on which his body lay in the rock hewn tomb in Jerusalem.  I’m not sure why this piece of…

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In Our Words: Reflections from Indianapolis

In March, members of the 787 leadership team attended the Young Adult Initiative Consultation (in other words, a conference that brings together all the organizations doing similar work as the 787 Collective for assessment, sharing, and reflection) hosted by the Lilly Endowment in Indianapolis. One of our young adults, Evan Hearn, shares his thoughts about…

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Proclaim Series: I don’t know…

Continuing our Proclaim series, we heard an inspirational sermon from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS) student, Todd Jones. He preached on what it feels like during the transition of beginnings and endings and what he learned in the “wilderness” along the way. Especially right after Easter, we felt like this is something the 787 Collective…

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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.