Make sure you send safe travels to our CYF youth as they head to Disciples Crossing for a retreat directed by our very own Jamie and Skylar Plunkett!
Russ spoke about integrity last week, and we continued a discussion of this concept on Sunday night after watching another Nooma video with Rob Bell. In this video, Rob says: "A lot of people confuse religion with God and walk away from them both."It can be easy to confuse religion with God if you've grown up in a family that attends church every Sunday and celebrates all the expected holidays. However, these systems and traditions that we are accustomed to are not God, nor are they the only ways for us to experience God.
I think the youth at UCC do a magnificent job of demonstrating how to experience God outside of the church. Camp, Service-Learning Trips, Roots, Yogi's Breakfast, Community Groups, and even Whirlyball are places we experience God through one another without the structure of a traditional religion. As a community, we are trying to seek the sacred. This task may seem more accessible in the sanctuary or during Sunday School, but I think our faith is more courageous than that. Our faith has the ability to function outside of church walls and seek not only the sacred, but seek to feed the hungry, shelter the weak, and embrace the stranger.
I hope the high-schoolers have a wonderful weekend out in Athens, and that they are able to see the sacred in all they do. For those of us at home, I encourage all to do the same--find God in the places you would least expect.