Month: July 2010

Day 4: Soda or Pop?

We've covered many pressing issues and topics during our time at West Central Regional Youth Event -- racism, illegal immigration, sexism, homophobia, global warming -- but none more important than "are carbonated beverages called soda or pop?I'm sure it comes as no...

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Day 3: Blossoming

Anyone who has attended youth gatherings knows that the middle day of your event is usually the most intense. Deeper relationships are starting to develop, conversations can get more personal and sometimes conflicts arises.Yesterday was no exception at the West...

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Day 2: Immersion

After only one full day at West Central Regional Youth Event, I can't say enough how much the young people and adults of the Iowa Conference UCC impress me. Not only have they thrown themselves fully into this event, they have allowed programs to help them "color...

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Day 1: If you can’t take the heat …

Day 1: If you can’t take the heat …

You know the old saying -- if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. On our first day in Kansas City for the West Central Regional Youth Event, we couldn't get out of the kitchen if we tried. The heat index easily soared past 100 degrees yesterday, making...

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A Simple Request

My blog this week is short and simple. I hope that you will take a moment to pray for the adults and young people gathering at the West Central Regional Youth Event at Park University, just outside of Kansas City, MO.These faithful folks come from Minnesota, Missouri,...

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The Blessing of “Failure”

The Blessing of “Failure”

As many of you know, I had the privilege of hosting the Youth in Ministry Gathering at the Iowa Conference Annual Meeting last month. When I do youth events like this, I'm always blown away by how insightful and energetic young people can be when they are exposed to...

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