We’re getting so close to leaving for our trip! This week we focused on understanding a few different levels of racism and the roles they can play in our lives, communities, and the world around us. We watched this video that helped to explain the privilege that can be associated with racial and socioeconomic discrimination. Continue reading for a brief recap of what we learned! Continue reading
Racism in America is a deep-seated evil that holds both the victims and the perpetrators in bondage. Liberation comes when we proclaim the redeeming work of Christ as it convicts us of our sin and simultaneously absolves us. We explored the reality of racism in Detroit in order to arrive at a place that will allow us to enter Detroit with the type of awareness and humility that are necessary to be with and for the people of Detroit.
This week we read through some articles and explored their relation to the theology of the cross. Our work can be found in the courtyard area of the worship center on the bulletin board. Please take an opportunity to explore the interactive display we have there. Continue reading
Before we take off, we had to introduce the history and culture of Detroit (including history, cars, music, food, business and landmarks) in preparation for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering. The knowledge we gained will enable us to visit Detroit with a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the city and what it has to offer.
Detroit has a rich past and a promising future. Before we enter into Detroit as guests, it is important for us to spend some time learning about Detroit’s past, present and future. Detroit received a lot of bad press in the last few years. The media has failed to tell the stories of innovation and hopefulness at work among those who live and work in and around Detroit. They also have failed to lift up and honor the rich and vibrant past of Detroit, a past that brings the city’s people great pride. Continue reading
As we continue to prepare ourselves for the Gathering, the youth and adult leaders took some time to discover the Theology of the Cross and why that is important to us as Lutheran Christians.
We learned first that God in the person of Jesus Christ is calling us to live by:
- faith, not by sight
- hope, not consummation
- love, not power
Once we explored these ideas, we discovered that they came as a product of four acts of God through Christ’s death on the cross:
- Solidarity: God actively pursues solidarity with humanity in Christ.
- Suffering: Christ intentionally suffers with, for and because of us.
- Reality: Christ’s solidarity and suffering exposes the reality of evil.
- Resurrection: In Christ, God redeems, bringing new life from suffering and death.
We saw that as we travel to Detroit this summer, and throughout the rest of our lives, we are called to be theologians of the cross. Continue reading
A video of some of our preparations for St. Mark Lutheran’s 2014 High School Mission Trip to Navajo Nation, Arizona. Please Pray for us this week!