youTheology’s Pan-Methodist Pilgrimage 2010 officially concluded on Saturday, June 12, 2010. However, it’s not over. The learning about “Personal and Social Holiness in the Church, Community, and our Lives,” “Live, Liberty, and the Pursuit of God,’ Human Trafficking; the sights, sounds, and smells of the various places we visited; the lessons about the Methodist history; the hospitality we encountered: all these will remain with us, guiding, influencing, and even helping to shape our futures. Stories were shared, both by those we visited and among ourselves. These were stories of faith and hope, of struggle and failure, and of courage. A youTheologian shared how she saved the life of her friend when she visited this friend’s home and found her with slit wrists. The youTheologian stopped the flow of blood, revived the friend, and called the ambulance. She told this story in a very matter-of-face tone. Yet, she saved a life that night and in that action challenges us all to do something where we are.
Our journey continues as we share stories from this Pilgrimage and as we move forward with God’s courage, faith, and commitment. God is calling us all to love God and neighbor. God uses activities such as the Pan-Methodist Pilgrimage to strengthen us to do so more and more. You may not have been on the Pilgrimage, but God is calling. Specifically, how is God calling you to love God and neighbor?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor