Beth has written 85 posts for When the Bell Rings

Wednesday’s Whim: Welcome

The next time you visit Camp Stevens you’ll notice a new sign at the bottom of our driveway. In an effort to help our Episcopal friends know they’re in the right place with a familiar image and to share our pride in being part of an inclusive, welcoming church, you’ll now see “The Episcopal Church … Continue reading

Wednesday’s Whim: Connection, Routine, and Ritual

With the possible exception of the Annunciation, the day the Church celebrates Mary’s bold, crazy willingness to carry a child, Lent is the season I most look forward to in the Church’s calendar year. Lent surfaces our essential connection to the earth.  As a culture, we tend to see ourselves as only a little lower … Continue reading

Wednesday’s Whim: Mission Accomplished

Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz the last couple months about Camp Stevens’s strategic planning process.  There was a survey at the beginning of the summer many of you took online (thank you!), a board and staff retreat in July, and lots of committee work between then and now to develop a new mission statement, core values, … Continue reading

Wednesday’s Whim: Balance

I’ve been thinking a lot about balance these days. Several years ago I was introduced to poet Mary Oliver and find her inspiring, insightful, and just plain right most of the time.  (I introduced her to this space last December.)  Her entry into human emotion and experience is often through the natural world, a language … Continue reading

Wednesday’s Whim: Leadership

A confession: I haven’t read much, if anything (unless you call skimming reading) about the events at two east coast seminaries over the last few days and weeks, but I’m going to use them as a starting point anyway! In Episcopal circles, the buzz on social media and elsewhere on the internet has been around … Continue reading

Wednesday’s Whim: Growth & Transformation

Toward the beginning of the summer, Camp Stevens used electronic media (Facebook and email, primarily) to gather folks’ impressions of this place using an online Strategic Planning survey.  We received feedback from over 250 current and former campers, retreat center guests, family campers, donors, parents of campers (some who have never stepped foot at camp!), and others. … Continue reading

Wednesday’s Whim: Chaplaincy

Camp Stevens namesake, Bishop Bertrand Stevens, believed in the power of a summer camp experience for children.  As the story has been told to me (I hope to be corrected if I’m wrong!), Bishop Stevens took children by the church-load to experience and learn about God and the natural world.  The program has evolved significantly, … Continue reading

Wednesday’s Whim: New Generation for Environmental Sustainability

For the last ten days, 23 counselors-in-training have been learning, working, playing, and otherwise engaged in Camp Stevens Counselor Training Program.  Just since August of 2012 when I arrived in Julian, I’ve heard school administrators, teachers, military personnel, and business professionals share stories of the impact CT had on them when they were 16 or … Continue reading

Wednesday’s Whim: Transition

It’s that time of year at Camp Stevens when lots of transitions are happening.  As Ashley wrote in the May wrap-up post from a couple days ago, Winter Staffers Lindsay, Sarah, Greg, and Jacob are headed north and east and Ashley C., our Assistant Chef who’s been with us for a few months, is packing her truck … Continue reading

Wednesday’s Whim: Dirt

Last week, Ashley posted a quote by Margaret Atwood that read: “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” And then a few days later I wrote notes to two friends of mine I haven’t yet met, both infants who live across the country with their parents, friends from … Continue reading

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