NYIP's interns 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.
Interns collaborate on their own Rule of Life, a process begun during Orientation and revisited throughout the year. Interns 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.
The opportunity to share in the parish lives of Intercession and St. Mary’s is foundational to NYIP. Interns attend Sunday morning worship, and spiritual practices are woven into all NYIP meetings. Exploring and joining outreach activities at the churches help interns discern their own call to service.
Spirituality is further deepened by theological reflection during Retreats, a monthly theology Book Club, monthly sharing stories and dinner with parish members at Peace of Pizza, and during Lent attending Wednesday evening services at allied Episcopal parishes throughout Harlem and Washington Heights. In addition, several events each year connect NYIP interns with other young adults serving in similar programs throughout the region.
NYIP has a partnership with the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary, a historic training center for spiritual directors. Every NYIP intern can be matched with an experienced spiritual direction student for regular meetings.
These are just some of the ways our interns meet seasoned activists, faith-filled mentors and like-minded friends through shared connections and networks. All these levels of interaction and support equip interns 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. Interns live and work among people experiencing complex deprivations and injustices. The year challenges and stimulates. For interns and those around them, support and fellowship can transform hardship into satisfying effort and redemptive joy.