Our Christian Nurture Team
The goal of the Christian Nurture Team is to support and encourage the Christian growth of youth and young adults in this presbytery. Some of the ways we accomplish this are:
- Camperships for youth up to 12th Grade. Campers receive a partial scholarship to a 1-week overnight summer camp at any Christian camp.
- The national Presbyterian Youth Triennium. Held by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Cumberland Presbyterian Church every three years, the next Triennium is coming up in July 2019. The 2016 Triennium was a fantastic experience for the 17 youth, 2 college students, and 5 adult chaperones who attended.
- Campus ministry in four college communities, providing funding for mission trips and for special events designed by the Campus Ministers to address ongoing human issues such as hunger, marriage equality, ecumenical relations and interfaith dialogue.
- Presbytery-wide youth ministry events. We sponsor mission trips and faith learning opportunities for youth and young adults during the summers in non-Triennium years. Recent trips we have done include a youth & adult mission trip to Heifer Global Village at Shepherd’s Spring in Sharpsburg Maryland; a spiritual pilgrimage for young adults (ages 18–29) to the Taizé community in France; and a trip to the Presbytery of Baltimore’s “The Center,” which leads people of all ages in “outside the box” mission projects and learning.
The Nurture Team meets several times during the year to plan and carry out its various programs. Meetings are conducted either by getting together in person or through the use of GoToMeeting. We celebrate the growth in our programs, and invite all youth in the Presbytery to take advantage of God’s bounty.
The presbytery supports the ministry at four college communities. For the 2018-2019 academic year, $3,500 in campus ministry funds were awarded to each the following:
- The Ithaca College Protestant Community has been led by Protestant Chaplain Rev. James Touchton. This ministry has focused on mission activities and interfaith dialogue.
- The SUNY Cortland Protestant and Interfaith Campus Ministry is led by ordained UCC minister Rev. Rachel Ditch. is working to build strong ecumenical and interfaith ties. Some features of the ministry at Cortland include interfaith and theological discussion groups, and the “Cortaca Mug” coffeehouse, a non-alcoholic event held in tandem with the annual “Cortaca Jug” Ithaca/Cortland football game.
- The Delhi Campus Interfaith Club at SUNY Delhi is led by Anglican Episcopal pastor, Father James Krueger. The DCIC is devoted to supporting religious and spiritual practice on campus, being a united voice across various religious affiliations, offering service and social opportunities to students, and addressing ethical and moral questions pertinent to our times.
- The Protestant Cooperative Ministry at Cornell University is led by PC(USA) minister Rev. Taryn Mattice. The PCM encourages the members of the Cornell community to seek God’s transforming power and to struggle with the dynamic tensions of a life of Christian faith. It strives to follow the will of God by: fostering spiritual search and growth in a relationship with a loving, living, life-giving God; providing opportunities for friendship, fellowship and fun; building an inclusive and compassionate community, breaking down the walls that divide us; and opening avenues of witness and service as a part of the world-wide community of the faithful.
A new campus ministry outreach is starting to grow at Binghamton University. For the last several years, the United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton has focused on being a place where college students can partake in the mission work at UPC with the homeless and poor. Starting in Spring 2019, they join with Christ Episcopal Church, Christ the King Lutheran Church, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation as partners on the BU Interfaith Council, which already includes members of the Jewish, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Orthodox Christian, and evangelical faith traditions. This ministry aims to hold events in social, service and educational settings designed to facilitate interaction and discussion between students of different religions. They also provide pastoral counseling in partnership with the University Counseling Center.
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