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MDiv Student, Katie Steele, Selected for The United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training Young Adult Network

February 10, 2016

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Master of Divinity student, Katie Steele, has been selected to the newly formed Young Adult Network of The United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training ministry. Steele joins a small group of United Methodist young adults between the ages of 21 and 31 who will be trained in group leadership skills, the history and theology of the ecumenism, and the unique importance of Christian unity and interreligious relationships in The United Methodist Church.

Steele serves as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at St. David's Episcopal Church in Glenview, Illinois, working with families to develop their children's spiritual lives. An avid traveler, Steele studied Christian history in Rome last summer, with side trips to Ireland and Ukraine. After spending a year as a Young Adult Missionary in L'viv, Ukraine, working with the university student ministry, Молод до Ісус (Youth to Jesus), Steele became interested in the ways that leadership development for youth can lead to church planting opportunities worldwide.

“I'm excited to join with fellow young adult United Methodists across the global connection on the cutting edge of interfaith formation and dialogue. I believe that building bridges both ecumenically and interreligiously is central to the call of loving God and neighbor in a pluralistic society,” said Steele. “Garrett-Evangelical, in conjunction with my time spent abroad, has uniquely equipped me to serve on this initial young adult leadership team. Although we are still standing at the beginning of this journey together, I am humbled and honored to be one of the young adults chosen for the training through the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships office of the Council of Bishops.”

The United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT) is the venue through which the Council of Bishop’s Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships trains United Methodists in ecumenical in interreligious history, theology and ministry. Launched in 2016, the Young Adult Network of the UMEIT will form young United Methodists in ecumenical and interreligious ministry and give them the skills to similarly train other young adults. Members of the Young Adult Network will have monthly conference calls, as they work together to build a covenant, define their context, solidify their plans around their vision and mission, and create their own ministry action plan. Once a year, they will come together around a major ecumenical event for fellowship, worship, and more training. As a part of their training, participants will create and facilitate similar Young Adult Networks in their home contexts. The eventual outcome will be a world-wide network of small groups being formed in and creating ministries to uphold ecumenical and interreligious actions.

Steele had her first meeting with the Young Adult Network earlier this month.