A Psalm of Lament for Presbyteries and Other Judicatories Who Sell off Summer Camps
I just spent a week at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, a camp that is growing and flourishing and providing a space to live in Christian community and revel in God’s creation. Far too many Presbyteries and other denominational entities are exercising extreme short-sightedness by letting go of their camps. It is to them that I dedicate the following psalm–or at least I’m calling it an psalm. Purists may challenge my form.
Woe to you who yearn for more children in the church, yet sell off the places where faith and fun go hand in hand
Ah, the irony that those who lament the exodus of young adults from the church jettison the places where those same young adults might work and serve in a Christian community and share and grow their faith.
How sad that those who believe that the current generation is doomed to be glued to their devices, and yet they let go of the places where interactive has an entirely different meaning.
Sorrow for those who teach creation care but dispose of places where people can practice it.
Bless the hearts of those who think that the traditional church model is the future of Christianity and discount the value of places that give us a different and broader view of what it means to be the church.
May God have mercy on the souls of those who cannot see that the kingdom of God looks a lot like summer camp where play and praise and faith and fun are lived out in Christian community.