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 AND IDEAS

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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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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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.