Monday, June 07, 2010
LCI 2010 Kick-Off
The LCI group kicked off its summer program last night by sharing stories, music and smores around the Indian Peaks fire ring. The gathering was largely informal—a chance for everyone to spend some time together and remind us all that Monday night marks the first of the large and small-group meetings.
It was a delight to have Henry DeVries, this summer’s opening speaker, and Steve Peterson, SMR’s Chaplain, join us around the fire. Having a member of the Calvin faculty reminds me that though we are over a thousand miles removed from Calvin’s campus, we are still connected by this program. Remembering that connection is important as it both validates our mission out here in Colorado and ties us to a common home while we live and work in a place which is, for many of us, a very different environment than we our used to.
Family and friends back at home or elsewhere: Please continue to think of us and pray for our program this summer. Pray that each speaker is granted valuable insight and delivers with clarity and honesty. Pray that each member of the Leadership Challenge Institute strives to make his or her first agenda love by approaching the program with grateful attentiveness and eager appreciation.
LCIers: For tonight and every week this summer, meditate and reflect on the verses provided by our speakers. Prepare mentally and spiritually for each Monday night meeting, being ready to apprehend and discuss the topics addressed. Think about this quote for tonight and for the whole of summer from Henri Nouwen: “Jesus sends us out to be shepherds, and Jesus promises a life in which we increasingly have to stretch out our hands and be led to places where we would rather not go. He asks us to move from a concern for relevance to a life of prayer, from worries about popularity to communal and mutual ministry, and from a leadership built on power to a leadership in which we critically discern where God is leading us and our people.”
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