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News of the Rocky Mountain Conference, UCC May 4, 2011
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Annual Meeting 2011 5-4-2011:
Life is Different Now
You know how you go to annual meetings excited to meet with other people? Knowing that together, we have a lot of stories, passions, and experiences to share? How you want to tap that intelligence and passion of the people in the room? And how you want to tap that spirit of the whole of us together?
We’ll do that at RoMoCo 2011 in Salt Lake City.
Come with your curiosity. Be ready to play. Be ready to roll up your sleeves as we learn and work together.
Life is Different, Wow
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2011 Outdoor Ministry Events Calendar
June 26-30, 2011 - Pioneer Age Camp
June 30-July 2, 2011 - Grandparent and Me Camp
July 10-16, 2011 - Explorer and MADD camp
July 17th - 23rd Adult Comtemplative Life
July 31-August 6, 2011 - Music camp / Voyager
Full Schedule / Information can be viewed HERE:
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La Foret as Catharsis
The sun at La Foret is unrelenting. With respect for the few clouds that gather in the afternoon sky, the sun shines on and on. The forest at La Foret does not move, once off a trail there is but undergrowth and pine trees. The altitude of La Foret messes with campers - dehydration, stomachaches, headaches. No matter where campers go they cannot break out of the location of La Foret. They feel beset behind and before.
Such campers resonate with Paul when he states, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Rom 7:15). This sentiment in the hearts of these campers is a confession of fear. Turncoats to the depth of their being, such deeply sensitive campers feel the only alternative is to run. But where does one flee the presence of God?
Crisis becomes catharsis, however, as the camper experiences not judgment but forgiveness. When campers realize that no matter what has been done to them they are loved by God, La Foret is catharsis. When campers realize that no matter what they do God still accepts them, La Foret is catharsis. When a life of guilt and fear is calmed by the grace of God, La Foret is catharsis. At La Foret the experience is that we are forgiven our sins, “as we forgive those who sin against us.”
Playing Ultimate Frisbee in the meadow we may stop and ponder, “The sun is relentless: how much more is God’s tenderness relentless in seeking me out?” Hiking a trail we may stop and ponder, “The forest will not give way to my wandering: how much more will God’s kind watchfulness follow me all my days” Stopping to grab a drink we may ponder, “As much as this location throws off my body: how much more does God unmerited joys enthuse my life?”
Harmonizing our lives with the Gospel does not lead everyone to face a sense of shear sinfulness before the face of God. For those who do, it is catharsis.Back to Top
Justice and Witness Ministries solicits nominations from individuals across the life of the church for JWM Awards presented at each General Synod. At General Synod XXVIII in Tampa, Florida, TWO of the four awards will be given to an individual and a congregation in the Rocky Mountain Conference!
- JWM Social Prophet Award: Rev. Malcolm Himschoot, Parker UCC, Parker, CO
- JWM Local Church Award: Gunnison Congregational Church, Gunnison, CO
The other awards include a Youth/Young Adult Award and Grassroots Organization Award, all of which were selected by an awards committee comprised of JWM and LCM national staff and JWM board members. Recipients will be honored at the Justice and Witness Ministries banquet on Friday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Tampa, Florida.
Our conference is very proud of the Rev. Malcolm Himschoot and Gunnison Congregational's justice work and its impact on the wider church!
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