Wednesday, May 09, 2012

30 X 30 - DPF Intern

(Following a friend's example, in honor of my 30th birthday I have decided to post 30 things I have accomplished in my life in 30 years.  So for the remaining 17 days leading up to my birthday watch for a new  post each day celebrating these 30 things.)

In light of recent political issues it seems poignant that my random listing of 30 accomplishments has resulted in this listing on this day.

In my 30 years one of the "jobs," I loved the most and changed my future the most was certainly my summer as a Disciples Peace Fellowship Intern.  I was thrilled that I was even considered for the position and was even more thrilled throughout the whole summer.  Disciples Peace Fellowship is a grassroots organization that is part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Their primary focus is on church camp, and every year they send interns to church camps all over the country to teach about peace and social justice issues from the aspect of our Christian faith.  I was lucky enough to visit West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Arizona, Georgia, Montana, and North Carolina.  I got to re-visit NC as part of this internship when I was introduced to the amazing-ness that is General Assembly in October 2003.

I got to teach about something I am passionate about, especially as I grew in my own faith and understanding of how my faith intersects with these parts of life.  I taught about Christianity/homosexuality, sweat shops, economic disparity, Islam and a few other things I'm sure I'm forgetting, and I loved every minute of it!  I worked with amazing kids and met amazing adults that continue to volunteer as camp counselors year after year (thank them - they are making a huge difference!).  Moreover, I discovered my calling into Christian ministry.  I didn't quite know where my calling would bring me - especially that it would bring me to Southern Louisiana - but I knew that God was calling me into a distinct role, and into something far greater than I imagined.  Giving thanks every day for this experience that truly changed my life.

Before the dance in WV - What are you boys wearing?

Camp Caroline, NC

 Continental Divide in Montana - thanks Brent for the detour!

2003 DPF Interns in Indianapolis - a stellar group of people

I met so many amazing kids!

I met equally amazing staff all summer!

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