Tag: Youth

Religion is friendship

Religion is friendship

Spirituality
I am spending time with young adults (High School) at camp this week. One shared that while he was not into church or religion as institutions define it, for him, religion was friendship. I think that is an amazing and gracious view of the way religion should be. May we all view religion as friendship and embrace the other person with love and grace. Amen.

Responsible Gun Ownership

Spirituality
The Youth Chaplaincy Coalition endorses the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility's efforts to reduce gun violence by running an initiative on universal background checks (Initiative 594).Universal Background ChecksWe all agree that violent criminals and other threats to society should not possess firearms. That’s why licensed dealers are required to conduct background checks on all their sales. However, there is a hole in our laws that allow criminals and other dangerous people to go to “private sellers” at gun shows, on the Internet, and elsewhere to buy guns with no background check and no questions asked. Law enforcement agencies and public safety officials agree that this loophole promotes illegal gun trafficking and enables individuals with criminal intent to purchase firearms.
Wakeful Wednesday

Wakeful Wednesday

Incarceration, Love, Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality
"Where is God?" That is the cry that I often hear from kids in detention as they look back at their lives. Or, "I feel closer to God in here than I do when I'm on the outs!" This is rapidly followed by wondering why God is not present in their lives when they are at home but present here. I say to them, "It's not that God ever leaves you, but that here, you are slowed down enough to be awake to God's presence." Slow Down. Be awake. Begin Again. So our Wednesdays are going to be a pause where we can reflect on being spiritually awake to the presence of the Divine and when we feel the absence of the Divine in our spiritual sleepfulness. This week, I want to share a bit about my Christmas Day. I went into the detention center to celebrate Christmas morning with the youth in detention. We pr...