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Faith, Hope, and Love

One Bible verse that always struck a chord within me was 1 Corinthians 13:13, which reads: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” It’s a classic verse seen on paintings, bracelets, and read at thousands of weddings. Up until now, I have always agreed with it. […]

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Between Om and Silence – July 8-12th with the Christian Church in Kansas CYF

This week was no exception to the amazing weeks of camp I’ve gotten to  visit this summer.  The campers were energetic, hopeful, intentional and loving.  We discovered how God does new things in our lives and world – the way Ze acts and speaks; listens and lives.  I am learning quickly that God speaks in […]

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I Hope Jesus was Ugly

  I hope Jesus was ugly. I really do. As a Christian, I am well-aware that Jesus was a different kind of King, that he helped liberate the oppressed and that he practiced unconditional love throughout his ministry. Jesus, in my opinion, is the best model for social activism we have. He was fearless and […]

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We Get to Carry Each Other

During my two weeks at the beautiful Camp Christian in Ohio, a high school student leader said a phrase in her speech to the whole camp that really stuck with me. She mentioned the importance of reaching out to others when we are in need. She pleaded with her peers to “share your burdens” instead […]

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Tall Oaks – Heeding the Call for Peace

Before making peace, we must first figure out what it is!  This question is something I always like to start a week off at camp with.  Is peace justice, or something else?  The answers I get are unbridled and at some points flat out humorous.  One of my favorite responses I’ve gotten so far was […]

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Dunkirk Senior High Camp – June 1-5, 2013

“All Things New” was the theme this week at the Dunkirk Conference Center’s senior high camp.  For me, this camp has been a lot of new experiences.  Firstly, getting to know such strong leaders within the United Church of Christ reminds me of the many similarities these two sister denominations share.  With slight variations on […]

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Take Fire, Not Ashes

At the start of this summer, I was most nervous about coming to a new camp every week and fitting myself into their tight-knit community. The camps thus far have graciously and lovingly welcomed me into their “family” and made me feel right at home. It has been no different at Camp Christian in Ohio. […]

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“My life goes on in endless song…how can I keep from singing?”

I don’t remember much from my 5th grade band class. I have vague flashbacks of plucking away at the stand-up bass next to my best friend, Liza, and thinking I looked a lot cooler than I probably did. I remember the size of the classroom and the bright red color of our teacher’s hair. The […]

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A New Vision of the Motor City

Last week, I was privileged enough to be able to participate in the Disciples-sponsored Peace Week of Motown Mission, an ecumenical urban volunteer work camp based in downtown Detroit, Michigan. When I told people I was going to be visiting Detroit this summer, I was often met with worried looks and such offerings as, “Oh, […]

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Skin Shedding Summer

Bathroom stalls have become my holy ground. As I lock the door to a stall in an airport, at a gas station, or at camp, I feel a wave of relief wash over me. I sit down in silence, quietly sighing and secretly reveling in the opportunity to sit and stare and drift off into […]

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