Sarah Trombetti of Episcopal News Service writes about sisters Annie Hodges and Kate Greer, two young adults confirmed together in The Episcopal Church in 2017. Constant conversations on maintaining their beliefs inspired them to create a new podcast “The Average Episcopalian.”
They also engage in community activities through Episcopal Service Corps to address social issues. At a time when church attendance is in decline among younger Americans, many Episcopalians have found that engaging other young adults by appealing to things that matter to them beyond Sunday attendance is a great way to expand the faith.
When sisters Annie Hodges and Kate Greer decided during college that they wanted to be confirmed together, they started to talk about faith. They didn’t stop after confirmation.
“We talked on the phone a lot during COVID when we couldn’t be together or at church in person,” Greer said.
Between heavy and light-hearted conversations, “We would crack each other up and be like ‘People need to hear this,’” Hodges said.
Although she originally meant that jokingly, Hodges also knew that some young Episcopalians didn’t share the same fellowship as she and Greer.
Other young adults pursue opportunities to connect with The Episcopal Church outside church walls through the Episcopal Service Corps, which places them at nonprofit and community-based organizations addressing social issues. While learning how faith fits into social justice, fellows also live
Teagan Sage is a current fellow in the New York Service and Justice Collaborative, another branch of the Episcopal Service Corps. While Sage initially connected with the church through his previous congregation, “It was hard to find someone under 40, and there wasn’t a ton of diversity,” he said.
Now, Sage engages with other young Episcopalians in his daily life. He also engages with fellows in his corps who do not identify as Episcopalians or even Christians. These fellows particularly have helped teach Sage how to live as an Episcopalian in all parts of his life.