Today I sat in a room and listened to presentations from 8 different Campus Ministries supported by our Annual Conference. Some started recently because people in a local church couldn't stand to not have a "place" for the students in their community to grow in faith. I love those stories. I love when people care so much about something that they can't help but act. Even if they feel like they are not the "right" person or if there's no money. They just can't sit by and do nothing in the face of an opportunity. And God does amazing things through their humble offerings of themselves.
Other ministries have been around for a long time and day after day students are blessed and growing and connecting in ways that they wouldn't without campus ministry and we're reminded why they must continue to bring the church to campus.
In case you were wondering if God is still working through the United Methodist Church and specifically through the giving that goes to the Annual Conference, after today, my answer is yes. Without a doubt. I wish that all of our churches could have been there to see the places where their resources are being put to good use. I also hope for a day when more resources will be available for our ministries with students. God is doing amazing things and providing all kinds of opportunities. We're just trying to catch up.
We have been knitting again. The "we" is growing which makes it great fun. My friend Gwen continues to amaze me with her skills at both teaching and knitting. She makes sure I learn something each time. (I have a lot to learn). There have been two completed projects among those of us who are learning- an eyeglass case and a dishcloth. Finishing is a good moment, but we are left to examine our work and see all of the bumps and lumps where are learning is taking place. Striving for perfection seems to be part of the knitting practice.
It's also part of our conversation as our words meander into this and that. We spoke about grace and how the life of faith seems to be one of continual learning and working out the lumps. A student remarked a month ago that we are never done seeking and growing when it comes to living faithfully. The Methodists call it "going on to perfection" and like knitting its more fun when we go together.