At Epiphany we are committed to preparing young people for a rich, life-long spiritual journey. We do this through education and service to be sure. But our aim is to establish in their hearts a sure-footed sense of belonging in the kingdom of God. Our hope is that children who grow up at Epiphany know that God loves them and are able to articulate a kingdom of God perspective. For we believe that this will prepare them to ask tough questions, to act graciously in the face of adversity and, by their very presence, make the world a better place.
At the end of the day, our hope for young people raised at Epiphany is that when the day comes that they are far, far from home, and they find themselves in a place where they don’t know what to feel or think or believe, they will still know where they belong. They will dip into the back row of some Episcopal church (or maybe Anglican depending on where they are) and they will know they are loved. This won’t make their problems go away. It might not give them clarity. It won’t make all the theology fall into place. But it will reorder things. It will slow their rapid breathing, settle their soul, and they will thank us for giving them a place to be and to belong for their entire life. Our programs at Epiphany are about training our young people for this day.