Many customs, traditions, rituals, and usual habits have stopped or at the least, taken on a very different look this spring and summer. Though much has changed, there is one custom that is particularly fit for a time of isolation — the summertime book list.
The murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the hate crime causing George Floyd’s horrific death have brought our nation and our church to a tipping place. The Appointive Cabinet denounces the sin of systemic racism and commits to taking action to end a culture of white privilege in our society and in our church.
In the United Methodist way, this is a season of transition. Many churches are offering a farewell to their pastors as they celebrate a ministry together. It is a time to express thanks for their shared ministry and bless the pastor into their next appointment or season of retirement.
So, this summer I have returned to my ministry roots, and am again working at a United Methodist Camp. In 1994 I began at Potosi Pines Camp outside Las Vegas as Site Director. It was a ministry I was only slightly familiar with but felt a strong call to do. Over the years at Potosi, and in Alabama, and in Oregon and in Michigan and now in North Carolina, I have been privileged to watch how God has changed hearts and transformed lives through the experience of Camp.
If you missed the May 26th pre-conference briefing in preparation for the 2020 Desert Southwest Annual Conference, don’t worry, two more are scheduled.