How do you plan to celebrate life after Easter 2013?
Christine and I had a stimulating conversation on Monday with a great group of 11 George Fox University students and a couple of staff. This is the first time we have used our great new classroom in the Mustard Seed Village as you can see in the picture. This first day of holy week has to be the most beautiful day of 2013.
As we drove onto Camano Island the snow capped Cascades greeted us from the east. And as we headed West across Camano Island the Olympic Mountains greeted us from across the Puget Sound and Whidbey Island. We parked our vehicles at the entrance to the 40 acre site for the Mustard Seed Village, trekked down the dirt road to the clearing and sat on our newly poured concrete slab to eat lunch. As we shared around the circle, we learned each student’s name, where they were from and possibilities for their lives after college. One young man came all the way from Wyoming to attend GFU in Newberg Oregon. Several were from the Portland area.
Then, surrounded by beautifully wooded site we all thoroughly enjoyed a conversation on the very important question: Is there life after George Fox University?
Several students expressed interest in working internationally in community development. One student expressed a desire to work in local community empowerment in the US. Another said he wanted to pastor a church that made a difference in the lives of people in the community in which it would be located. A number of the students are continuing the important work of exploring a range of possibilities for life after graduation.
What impressed Christine and I about these young people was how keen they seemed to be to make a difference in our troubled world. In fact this trip, that their advisor Clint Baldwin created, was to visit innovative programs which seek to have an impact in the lives of others. They started their tour at Tierra Nueva which works to unleash the possibilities of those at the margins they work with in Burlington Washington.
After that they joined us and heard about our vision for the Mustard Seed Village to become a Christian Center for Imagination and Innovation they headed to Seattle. In Seattle they met with Paul Sparks and Tim Soerens who head the Parish Collective that equips missional churches to help create sustainable local communities.
By the way I suggested the students to consider attending the Inhabit Conference The Art of Parish Renewal at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology on April 19 & 20. You might want to check it out too.
Christine and I were impressed by how eager these students were to learn how a wide variety of followers of Jesus who are finding innovative ways to make a little difference in these demanding times. I came away from our time with these students very hopeful about their future.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the resurrected hope of Easter 2013 than hanging out with a new generation that is so eager to discover God’s best for their lives.
How do you plan to celebrate life after Easter 2013? Do write and let us know…this week.