We, as the Young Adult Commission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), denounce the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery; the racial profiling and harrassment of Christian Cooper; the assault and attack against Iyanna Dior; and many more sins against our Black Siblings in Christ. We uplift and affirm that Black Lives Matter, and we proclaim that these actions from police, from white supremacists, and from racists are unjust and do not follow our identity as folks in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a movement that strives towards Anti-Racism and Pro-Reconciliation.
We have often heard that young adults are the future of our church and that we will help make the Disciples of Christ what it needs to be in the climate we find ourselves in today. Indeed, we recognize the need for young leaders, and we proclaim that we have to become the church we want the Disciples of Christ to be now. None of us can claim to fully understand the dynamics of systemic racism, for it is a long process that we all have to commit to undoing, and that we want our church to commit to. We remember that Alexander Campbell called us to study the Gospel to understand it for ourselves. In that spirit, we pray that as Disciples we can commit ourselves to doing the work that is necessary to become anti-racist. We pray that our church can always be one of justice, one that stands up for Black bodies under threat of violence from the police and white supremacy.
We strive to hold ourselves accountable to be a source of facilitation in hosting some of the difficult discussions of Anti-Racism and Pro-Reconciliation that our church needs to have together. Reflecting the unconditional love and mission of Jesus Christ in the actions we take and the lasting influence we intend to create, we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the proper response and reconciliation actions. Over the next few months, we’ll be providing book groups, discussion groups, and other resources to engage persons across this denomination in this hard work.
We still need YOU for Virtual Summer Camp!A Letter from The Director:
Dear Church- Have you been hearing any of these questions? "Virtual Camp? We've done virtual school for 3+ months already...We don’t want to do camp online, too! Why can’t we just hang out with our friends? Why can’t we come to camp?” The pain is real for all of us: not getting to be in the safe and loving community of camp this summer is difficult. Not getting to discuss the important issues of our day with our camp peers is difficult. Not getting to worship, study, play, sing, and talk with our camp friends in person really hurts. In fact, it stinks! So why? The Outdoor Ministry Committee considered the options very carefully. Would it be safe to bring campers from around the state, allow them to live together in close quarters for a week, then send them back to their homes? Because Covid-19 can be asymptomatic and spread without knowing or without symptoms, we knew we could not take the chance. Yes, it stinks to not be able to gather for summer camp, but it’s the right thing to do. So, what will this virtual camp thing be like? What will it mean to do camp online? Let me assure everyone that the Outdoor Ministry Committee, directors, and staff are working creatively to make sure Virtual Camp is both fun and meaningful. Each camper will receive a Camp Box prior to your week at camp that will include the items you need to participate, plus a list of other things to gather. There will even be a cool t-shirt! Then during each day of camp, you’ll have opportunities to touch base with the other campers to do the things that make camp great: small group discussions, games, songs, Bible Study, crafts, worship. You won’t be glued to your computer all day, but you will get to see and share with other campers several times a day. It won’t be the same, but different is often quite good. Let’s give this Virtual Camp thing a chance. Register now with the attached form.
In Christ’s love and by God’s grace, Rev. Mary Beth Harper, Director The Retreat at Silver Springs ... See MoreSee Less
It's time to register for Virtual Summer Camp! Get your info in so you can receive your camp box!It is time to start registering for Virtual Summer Camp. Here's the form! p.s. There may be some forms floating around that ask for "Church Address" Those are two separate items. We need the camper's home address to mail the camp box. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less