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, Youth MinistryA Moment for Wilderness
August 23, 2018

A Moment for Wilderness

Written by: Julia Smolucha

 

Holy Spirit in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, First Presbyterian Church of Ely, Minnesota, Sanctuary.

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

There are a thousand things I love about Kenilworth Union Church, but from the very beginning, this was at the top of my list: Wilderness Confirmation. Not all churches think outside the box when it comes to Confirmation, but Kenilworth Union does. When youth sports and other Sunday morning commitments were getting in the way of Confirmation being a priority, the church didn’t just say, “Okay, we’re okay with you missing out on this community of people who are doing good and loving God.” This church said, “Okay, how do we welcome you?” “How do we find ways for you to be included in the action?” Wilderness Confirmation is one more way that Kenilworth Union meets people where they are.

Not only that, Kenilworth Union decided to take 9th graders into the wilderness. Not just into the woods, like car camping. This is not glamping (glamour camping) by any stretch of the imagination. This is hard work, physically and spiritually. We can’t wait for this year’s Wilderness Confirmation hikers, canoeists, thinkers, fire building masters, TAG experts, theologians, and friends to talk to you this Sunday at 10 a.m. worship about their wilderness journey. (Oh, TAG stands for Time Alone with God… they’re TAG experts because they took TAG time every day.)