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piscopal TeacherEditorsLisa KimballDorothy S. Linthicum
August 8-11, 2012
Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?Telling Stories of Faith in a Pluralistic Culture
Nework of Biblical SoryellersRidgecres Conference CenerNear Ashville, NCnbsin.org/fesivalgahering
September 25-28, 2012
Telling Our Sacred Stories
A Rerea for Aduls Who Work wih YouhHoly Cross MonaseryWes Park, NY
October 15-18, 2012
Grow Up in Every Way — Healthy in God,Robust in Love
Wesern Chrisian Educaion ConferenceZephyr Poin Conference CenerLake tahoe, NVwesernceconf.orgGoing o sleep-away camp les paricipans exercise independence and responsi- biliy, learn he ar of leer-wriing, say “please” and “hank you,” resolve con-ics, experience aking urns, and los of oher hings we nealy caegorize under“Characer Educaion.” And he fac ha sleep-away camp gives parens a mo-men’s res is no a small consideraion.I was recenly asked he quesion: Is i enough ha our (Episcopal) camps helpdevelop campers ino beer people? One person expressed he compelling argu-men ha camp plans seeds abou a relaionship wih God; in ime campers willconnec he dos and have heir own epiphany abou God. I is imporan ha weno rush hem or rob hem of hose holy momens.Anoher voice ariculaed he idea ha perhaps we should name his experience ofGod. Camp feels like holy ground because i is. the sacred and he secular collideon our hallowed errains. We can’ force campers o have faih bu we could, andperhaps should, share wih hem wha we believe.Anoher anguished voice, lled wih remorse, noed ha camp was a very specialplace, even home, in he lives of heir grown children. the dos leading o God,however, never conneced. Somehing deep wihin he hears of parens who havehad his experience couldn’ concede ha he experience iself was enough.So wha do we do wih camps—hese magical places clearly wihin and somehow beyond earhly realms? Is characer educaion alone adequae as our piece in heformaion of faih? Or will we be measured in he end and found lacking?A resounding heme a his year’s Episcopal Camp and Conference Cener [ECCC]gahering was he acknowledgmen ha an increasing number of sa and camp-ers consider camp heir “church home.” We also hear more and more priess and bishops speak aecionaely abou camps as hey share heir spiriual journeysand hearing he call. I hink we should consider he gravias of hose senimens.those involved in Chrisian Formaion minisries in he Episco-pal Church are aking a closer look a he way programming isdesigned and oered. As we creaively resrucure our minis-ries around igh budges and a changing world, i is my hopeha camp minisry is welcomed o he able. We have much odiscuss.the aricle abou camps on page 4 alludes o he realiy ha boh sa and paricipans oen see camp as heir “churchhome.” Wha do we need o do o be a
church home? Howdo we help paricipans undersand ha heir encouners wihhe Holy One are wha makes camp so special? How do wehelp hem ransfer ha aecion o a local parish? How do wehelp parishes worship wih he same kind of enhusiasm and joy ha campers experience a camp?Camps, Sunday schools and Episcopal schools need o feed inoeach oher’s programming, jus as parish youh minisries feedino camp sa. Camp sa, in urn, can provide new leadershipfor Campus Minisry and he Episcopal Service Corps.Camp minisry provides a vial componen in lifelong Chrisianformaion. Visi a camp near you o discover how i can enlivenand enrich congregaions everywhere.
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