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.