NYSJC’s Fellows deepen their understanding of themselves and their work by participating in many levels of support and formation.
We have found that intentional community and vocational discernment are nurtured when work, home, and values are integrated and shared.
Fellows collaborate on their own Rule of Life, a process begun during Orientation and revisited throughout the year. Fellows make collective decisions to develop their community covenant, collaborating on activities such as Community Dinners, Group Worship, rotating leadership roles, and participation in New York City’s vast cultural resources .Sharing in the parish life of St. Mary’s and Trinity is foundational to NYSJC. Fellows attend Sunday morning worship at their host church and spiritual practices are woven into all NYSJC meetings. Exploring and joining outreach ministries broadens the sense of community and connection to the neighorhood surrounding the fellowship host site. These different levels of engagement help Fellows discern their own call to service.
Spirituality is further deepened by group reflection, developing and leading a shared spiritual practice, retreats, field trips, monthly theological teachings, sharing stories and snacks with parish members during coffee hour, and exploring other faith traditions. In addition, events each year connect NYSJC Fellows with other young adults serving in similar programs throughout the region.Every NYSJC Fellow will be matched with an experienced spiritual director for regular meetings.
These are just some of the ways our Fellows meet seasoned activists, faith-filled mentors, and like-minded friends through shared connections and networks. All these levels of interaction and support equip Fellows to engage in personal, vocational, and spiritual discernment.
This is a year for people who want to share in the intensities of urban life, whole-hearted service, and deep personal reflection. The year challenges and stimulates. For Fellows and those around them, support and fellowship can transform challenges into redemptive joy.