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Welcome the Mile High City!

Another sunny week has begun here in Denver and things are moving quickly! In a nutshell, I’ve explored the city by bike and bus, started a great job at the African Community Center working with resettling refugees in the Denver area, worked on getting adjusted to my new house and roommates and even got to spend a weekend in Buena Vista, CO (aka DEEP into the mountains surrounded in beauty!) I’d write more but since I’m feeling lazy I’ll just add some photos… enjoy!

   

  

  

    

   

  

   

   

  

    

I’ll close this update with a beautiful quote from one of my roommates’ job place…

“To those who have hunger, give them bread, and to us who have bread, a hunger for justice…” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him– may your hearts live forever!”

-Psalm 22:26

Ticks and Talks at the Wild Goose Festival!

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[also a bit delayed…oops…]

In late June,  I attended a not-so-average conference. Its motto was “Justice. Spirituality. Music. Art.” How awesome is that? And what made this conference a bit different was that it wasn’t held in some conference center but an outdoor pavilion in the woods…and… we didn’t stay in hotel rooms but tents!

 

 

Twas a lovely weekend filled with conversations, worship, fellowship and ticks!

I had a great friend, Brandon, join me for part of it and enjoy the Goose. Here he is:

 

Most conversations over the weekend were focused on social justice and the church’s (both the “congregation” and the “person”) part in righting it, simple living  as well as living in community. We read Scripture, worshiped, talked about our passions and shared in meals throughout the weekend. When I first arrived on site and began pitching a tent, my neighbor made me a turkey sandwich and the relationships naturally began unfolding.

 

We heard from well-known individuals such as Shane Claiborne and even heard a sermon from the North Carolina’s NAACP President, Rev. Dr. William Barber II, bring the heat on the traditional meanings of “conservative” and “liberal” and how we’re called to be both for God and the church!  The other beautiful thing about this gathering was the encouragement. Whether one was into poetry, painting or playing the guitar, their gifts were supported and uplifted and I really felt like this was place that everyone was listened to whether one agreed with their views or not. I had so many incredible conversations with people about the future of the church and God’s work in this world.

 

I left those woods, yes covered in poison ivy, but also covered in a fiery passion for serving God and seeking out a lifestyle that brings justice for everyone. For anyone interested in “Justice. Spirituality.Music.Art.” you need to make plans next summer for Wild Goose 2013! (There’s now a West Coast W.G. in Oregon and an East Coast W.G. in North Carolina!) http://www.wildgoosefestival.org

 

 

Yardsale-ing… My New Favorite Sport!

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[many apologies for the severely outdated blog…this was from June…ha!]

Wow! Recently I had the incredible privilege to engage some full-contact yardsale-ing in the city of Charlotte! It was different than any other previous yard sale visits in that the selection was greater, more diverse and the finds were unbelievable. Here are a few snapshots from my phone of the Trash-to-Treasure trinkets that were discovered!

Enjoy!