Welcome all to TLU: 2012 Edition!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Welcome all to TLU: 2012 Edition!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Well as cold as the trip was, and it wasn't just cold, it was "...in about three hours we will get all the way up to 0 degrees" cold. The trip was well worth having to bundle up every day. Meeting new people, seeing friends from the previous Gather as well as other Campus pastors was fun too. The speakers were amazing. My favorite was definitely Melissa Loya given that hers was on biblical Hebrew, but that is one of my interests anyways. She talked about how closely related we are to nature and to God. Specifically how the name Adam in Hebrew actually means dirt, or earth- that from which the creation stories tell us we are made of. Another fun fact is that God breathes air into Adam's nostrils right? Well the Hebrew word means "breath, wind, spirit". Connection to God, nature, and humans anyone? Anyways back from the bunny trail. For anyone who goes in the future- you have to try rolling down a big hill. So much fun! (just make sure your phone is not in your pocket and will not fall out of it :) ) Anyways- it was an awesome week. :) I hope everyone has a chance to go and or go again! :)
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Colorado was so amazing. It was my first time in the snow! The
entire trip was one adventure after another. Even the blackout meant
that we got to eat by candlelight, which was awesome :) I plan on
staying at TLU another 2 years so I can go again! Not really, but that
would be ideal.
My favorite part, which I didn't get to record, was my small group.
We used each topic as a jumping platform to talk about whatever we
wanted. I have never had such an amazing small group. We talked
about everything from the music and type of pie we like (did you know
that if you eat pie from crust to tip, you can make a wish on the
tip?) to Christian responsibility towards to environment and
religion's role in relationships, sex, and sexual ethics. I may even
be staying with a couple of my small group peers when I visit Chicago
I also got to talk to one of the priests, who I don't think I can
thank enough for his insight into the process of becoming ordained. I
learned so much in just talking with him for half an hour, and it made
such a difference in how I approach the entire process.
So, basically, the snow and cold were fun, but ultimately, it was the
people that I met, and the relationships I cultivated that really made
this trip super special to me.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Time for another installment of fun, fruitful, freezing facts about our wonderful trip!
The above picture is of Samson, a magnificently huge Elk that hangs above the fireplace. You're probably wondering whether we came up with the name ourselves, and the answer is, unfortunately, no. Beside Samson's chimney, there is a picture of Samson when he was alive and a plaque below that describes the circumstances by which The YMCA of the Rockies came by this beautiful beast.
Samson was evidently one of Estes Park's most prized wild Elk, wandering free and wowing the locals and the tourists alike. Samson unfortunately fell prey to a poacher who shot him purely for his beautiful rack and had him stuffed as you see above. He was prosecuted by the city of Estes Park (I believe), was found guilty of illegally killing this wonderful animal, and among his many fines and other criminal punishments, he was required to relinquish his Samson "trophy". This is how the YMCA came to possess Samson. They keep him over their main fireplace in the main lodge of the facility (he wears a Santa hat) with his picture and his plaque, reminding all the visitors moving through the building about the importance of conservation and respect for all creation, including the environment and the animals and people within.
One of the main points highlighted during the last few discussions I've had with my small groups has been the interconnectedness between man, nature, and God. It is easy to be awed by nature and God's creation while surrounded by these beautiful mountains, though somewhat more difficult when living our day-to-day lives, mostly in the city. Our relationship to God's creation is essential and telling of our relationship with God. If one cannot cultivate a relationship of awe and respect for their natural surroundings, God's creation, then is it possible to have a truly sound awe and respect for God? If we cannot love and respect each other, how can we expect to show true love and respect to God? Samson the Elk is a reminder of the importance of awe, the importance of respect with regard to nature and respect between ourselves.
I appreciate that being in this setting with such brilliant minds from all across the country has fostered such important discussions. This has been a week focused on strengthening our relationships with God and with our fellow believers, and the fact that such personal and important topics are able to be broached between relative strangers is really a small miracle and a testament to the determination and passion of all the people participating in Gather Around the Table.
And now... OFF TO BUNDLE UP AND GO SLEDDING!!!!! YEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAW!!!!
Love and Hugs,
Thursday, December 30, 2010
First of all, let's get rid of the elephant in the room. THERE'S SNOW HERE. LOTS. SNOW THAT FALLS FROM THE SKY AND LANDS AND STAYS AND GATHERS AND. yeah. It's snow. We found out today that not all snow is good for snowmen, though. So we'll have to try again tomorrow - I know, it's a hard life I live.
Hope y'all enjoy the pictures! More later.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Welcome to the TLU Canterbury Blog - Colorado Edition
For the next week, this blog will be used to record the adventures of TLU Canterbury and Christ Chapel at Texas State University as students from these two ministries attend the Gathering of Episcopal College and University Students in Colorado. Stay tuned for more postings! Please feel free to comment on any of them, leave us your thoughts below.
Christ Chapel at Texas State University