Monday, November 8, 2010

Looking Ahead

youTheology has just concluded its Fall Session at both centers. I spent it at our Southwest Center at Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, TX. It was a joy to meet the youTheologians and leaders there. They are a lively group and bring a "can do" spirit to the program. At times we were linked with the Midwest Center at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO plus I was in touch with the leaders there so I had some sense of how things were going at that end. It was different though, not being physically in Kansas City, but connected in various ways. It was good to see how things appear from the Southwest end and examine more closely the distance component of the program.

There are some things that stand out from our Fall Session this past weekend. The depth our young people bring to the discussions, the wisdom and insight in their sermons, the singing and the contemporary rendition of Psalm 139 which redid the Psalm from a technological world view. All of these are paths to loving God and loving neighbor more deeply. We are privileged to be part of their lives as we continue to develop faithful leaders for a diverse church and world.

My new-found knowledge and experience of youTheology Southwest along with with my knowledge and experience of youTheology Midwest has me eagerly anticipating the future. A key question for us as we look ahead is how do we truly live into the diversity God has given to us.

Some of the photos from the weekend can be found on our Facebook page: The videos, including the sermon can be found at
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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