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Spiritual Formation Experience for Millennials

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Geoffrey Parker

In September 2015, The Upper Room is testing Journey to the Table, a new program in the Emmaus tradition, specifically for millennials, young adults ages 18 to 35. With this new ministry, The Upper Room seeks to fill a void in spiritual formation experiences for this age group. The official launch is expected in 2016, following six “test runs.”

Like the Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis, and Face to Face, Journey to the Table allows participants to explore faith through authentic teaching. It fosters open discussion with a community of peers and equips individuals to create spaces of Christian action in their homes, schools, places of work, and communities.

In his own life, Journey to the Table program manager, Geoffrey Parker, struggled to find his place, as a millennial, to belong in faith communities. He sees the program as a place to help steer that search. He says, “Most importantly, Journey to the Table is designed just for our age group. Whether we are students, professionals, married, single, traveling, staying put, or anything in between, JTT is designed to help us act on our faith, and help us explore what that looks like wherever we go.”

“I hope Journey to the Table gives others encouragement to act on their faith, basic tools to support them, and other people to share with on the journey,” Geoffrey adds.

The first test launch was held at Camp Casowasco in Upstate New York for three days on the second weekend of September. Pfeiffer University and the Village Church in Misenheimer, North Carolina are testing another variation of JTT, spreading the event over a series of Sundays in the coming weeks.

Follow the Journey to the Table story at journey.upperroom.org.

6 Comments

  1. Eloise Jones
    February 29, 2016 at 10:07 pm Reply

    Thank you for taking on this much needed journey with our millennials. My prayers will be with you.

  2. Geoffrey Parker
    March 2, 2016 at 11:04 pm Reply

    Thank you Eloise. I greatly appreciate your prayers. In particular, this weekend will be our last test location at Kansas Wesleyan University. I too will be praying for a great weekend for the students participating and all the leaders who have worked to prepare for them.

  3. Cindy Cultice
    March 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Thank you for opening this journey for this age range. As a person who took my Emmaus Walk at age 25, it was difficult to relate to many other pilgrims on the walk, Over the past 7 years I have grown and embraced my Emmaus Family. I would like more information about this opportunity, is the weekend on the order of an Emmaus or Chrysalis weekend?

    • Geoffrey Parker
      March 18, 2016 at 12:15 pm Reply

      Many things about Journey to the Table will be similar. There is a similar rhythm of talks, table discussions, and different forms of expression. There is an intentional environment of agape love. There as similar experiences throughout the program that will allow connections between those like you and I that were Pilgrims on Walk to Emmaus first, with those who will experience this first.
      There are also several ways that JTT gives more flexibility. The schedule can be offered as a (shorter) weekend, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, or as a series of up to seven schedule blocks. It can be delivered through Emmaus or Chrysalis Communities, or also through campus ministries, churches, or others.
      I understand what you mean. I went on my Walk at 27. My hope is that this will create community with peers more easily. I’d be happy to talk with you more: GParker@UpperRoom.org.

      Des Colores!

  4. Rev Richard Pletsch
    March 17, 2016 at 4:28 pm Reply

    How does this program integrate with Chrysalis and Walk to Emmaus? What is the target age group?

    • Geoffrey Parker
      March 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm Reply

      Rev. Pletsch,
      Journey to the Table is a new ministry from the family of Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis. So people who attend JTT will also be welcome in Emmaus Communities. We have also opened JTT to campus ministries, churches, and others who can run it without being part of an Emmaus or Chrysalis community. This will hopefully allow more flexibility to be in ministry with young adults where we are. I’d be thrilled to talk with you more. GParker@UpperRoom.org.
      The age range is 18 – 35.

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