On February 17, 2017, the San Francisco Theological Seminary was pleased to host eight members of the alumni of the Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) program for their first ever working retreat. The Young Adult Volunteers, aged 19-30 years old, commit to a yearlong service program, living in intentional Christian community, deepening and developing their faith while serving alongside partners across the United States and around the world.
In this three-day event at SFTS, the group gathered to work on a project defining “How Does Today’s Church Need to Look?” – a topic high on the minds of pastors and people of faith in our rapidly changing world. On the final evening of their visit, they presented their working document to Rev. Ellen Baxter (Director of Admissions at SFTS) for feedback and insight. The group has plans to reconvene several times throughout the year to fine-tune this project, and look for opportunities in which to share their work and how to include others in their visions.
Rev. Scott Clark, Chaplain and Associate Dean of Student Life at SFTS met with them at one point during the weekend and commented that, “it was exciting to be able to visit with a group of young leaders in the church who are out in the world doing justice ministries and connecting here at SFTS.”