Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What Your Kids Can Teach You

This article in Slate ponders the mystery of what kids get out of worship. It is fascinating to watch children explore their spirituality and experience God in ways that might challenge us as adults. They ask questions we find hard to answer. They celebrate aspects of religious life in ways that make us uncomfortable ... all you have to do is hear them discussing the size and nature of the communion bread they receive to realize that worship is vitally important to them, and everything they do in worship means something.

Most importantly, when kids enjoy coming to church, to Sunday School, to worship, they prod and provoke us to understand and life our own faith. They look to us to put our money where our mouth is ... in our attention to worship, in our knowledge of the Bible, and in the ways we live as a Christian the other six days of the week.

They are watching us. Do we make it worth their consideration?

+ Kit

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Visits CMSU at All Saints

Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited with our Canterbury MSU students today in the Undercroft, sharing thoughts and wisdom with these young adults as they prepare for their lives and vocations in the wider world.

Local clergy were invited to attend with their wardens,and Bishop Wendell Gibbs and his wife Karlah joined us for a tea lovingly prepared by women from All Saints and St. Paul's.

Bp. Tutu had all sorts of wonderful advice for the students, most importantly, he told them, "Don't stop dreaming. Don't get seduced by the cynicism of your elders. Dream about changing the world and go out and do it."

He also shared his tips on how to win the Nobel Peace Prize: 1)Have a big nose. 2)Have a short, easy to remember name. 3)Have really sexy legs.

Kudos to CMSU chaplain Sarah Midzalkowski for arranging this wonderful visit for the students and for letting some of us share in the day.

+ Kit