Princeton, NJ, March 31, 2017– Twelve area churches will each receive a $20,000 grant to launch a young adult initiative as part of The Zoe Project based at Princeton Theological Seminary. Each congregation also will be asked to name five Zoe Fellows to guide their congregation’s involvement in the project. The following churches located within a 100-mile radius of the Seminary were selected out of a pool of 111 applicants:
- Graceway Presbyterian Church, Skillman, New Jersey
- The First Corinthian Baptist Church, New York, New York
- The First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, New York
- The First United Methodist Church of Toms River, New Jersey
- Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras, Plainfield, New Jersey
- The Mark Montclair – St. Marks United Methodist Church, Montclair, New Jersey
- Paoli Presbyterian Church, Paoli, Pennsylvania
- Redemption Church of Bristol, Pennsylvania
- Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Pennsylvania
- Union Baptist Church, Trenton, New Jersey
- Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, Ambler, Pennsylvania
Princeton Theological Seminary is one of twelve schools identified as an “innovation hub” for the Young Adult Initiative.
The goal of the three-year project is to help the congregations support young adults, build relationships with 23–29 year olds, and nourish and support their spiritual and theological formation.
“Religious leaders are searching for new ways to engage young adults and enrich the spiritual lives of this emerging generation. It is among their highest priorities,” said Christopher Coble, the Endowment’s vice president for religion. “A significant part of this work will focus on helping congregational leaders understand young adulthood today and the changing contexts that shape what young adults value and expect.”
The Zoe Project is part of a $19.4 million young adult initiative by Lilly Endowment Inc. aimed at developing congregations’ capacities to learn from and support young adults. For more information, visit zoeproject.ptsem.edu.