I spent this weekend in Arkansas at Camp Mitchell, a place with an amazing view, where I was participating in a conversation with summer camp program directors from five other centers about nurturing faith at summer camp.
To begin our time together, we had a broad discussion about if and how “faith formation” and “nurturing faith” are related or the same. The last time the workshop was held, its title was “faith formation.” This time, “nurturing faith at summer camp.” As a group, we were intrigued by the correlation that faith formation is usually telling and nurturing faith is more often inviting.
In this discussion, I was personally struck by the short list of things in my life I am willing to tell someone with conviction, and how much more likely I am to invite. (Not that I don’t have my soapboxes!) I’d say this is mostly true for me as a parent, friend, and director. And I’m not sure why it is. Or why it’s especially hard for me to tell people about faith or religion (the topic du jour), and why inviting people into dialogue about faith is so much more appealing to me.
So, in the spirit of telling what I believe, I recently “liked” a new page on Facebook when another friend of mine “liked” this post about taking on a carbon fast for Lent. Two things I believe in for this particular day were at the forefront: Lent and mindful eating. I hope you’ll consider the merits of both and offer your two cents below! Read more here or click the picture below.
Whim: “sudden idea.” This weekly-ish post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!