Monday, February 8, 2010

youTheology Makes Me Serve

I was a member of the 2007-2008 youTheology class. As a member of youTheology I learned the journey of John and Charles Wesley, as well as the different cultures that came out of Pan-Methodist. Beyond what we studied about Methodism, I built relationships with other Methodist around the Midwest. Some of the people that I met through youTheology I still get a chance to see around at other events, and another youTheolgian and myself make an annual trip every year to visit each other. Through that relationship we are able to grow as friends and build each other up spiritually and make it through some tough times in life. My experience with youTheolgoy only lasted one year, but the knowledge and relationships I built will last a lifetime.

youTheology showed me that there is much more to ministry than getting behind a pulpit every Sunday. I always knew I wanted to play a part in the church, but have never felt the calling as a pastor. One thing that I took with me is my continued involvement in the United Methodist Church. I am still figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life. The one thing I know is that I want to continue my faith in ministry whether as just a lay member or serving on a committee with my local congregation. I will find a place to serve in the Church.

I am a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla, Missouri, where I have the pleasure of serving on the Wesley Campus Ministry Leadership Team. Wesley has given me a place to call home while in college. Having this campus ministry I have been able to connect with the local congregation by attending service every Sunday and dinners on Wednesday night. Along with Wesley Campus Ministry I am the Vice President of the Robotics Team and a member of Kappa Delta Sorority on Campus. As a young adult I have also been given the opportunity to represent the South Central Jurisdiction at Global Young Peoples Convocation and Legislative Assembly in Berlin, Germany this July. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and youTheology helped me to see that I want to make a difference in the Church. I hope I can share my knowledge that I gained through the program with others around the world at Convocation. College is just another chapter in my life, yet I am glad to have the opportunity to keep God very much a presence in my everyday activity.

God Bless,
Miriah Anderson
youTheology Alumna
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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