Pathways 2018 to Focus on Faith, Science and Climate

Pathways 2018 to Focus on Faith, Science and Climate

By the Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator

Our Pathways planning team is proud and excited to announce some of the details of this summer's Pathways pilgrimage, from June 24-30, 2018. Registration is open for all youth finishing grades 7-12. Learn more about Pathways and register here.

First of all, we are incredibly honored to welcome the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori to Pathways this summer! Bishop Katharine will join us for two days during Pathways, and she will worship and travel with us during part of our pilgrimage. We can't wait to join with her in conversation about faith and science, and to talk more about ways to equip ourselves to be "climate ministers" working for environmental justice and reconciliation with our earth.

"Northern California has developed a remarkable ministry in Pathways. I look forward to joining these young people in learning more about how loving 'this earth, our island home' manifests in loving our neighbors as ourselves. We are keepers of our brothers and sisters as well as the garden in which we're all planted, and I know we'll find joy in this pilgrimage of exploration in June!" Bishop Katharine said. 

Our home base during Pathways will be Sonoma State University, where we'll stay in dorm rooms and eat in their fantastic dining hall. We are looking forward to swimming, Frisbee, and basketball on their beautiful campus.On Tuesday and Thursday during Pathways, we will head off on our pilgrimage, to learn stories that Sonoma and Marin County have to offer about the relationships among humans, and between humans and the land:

  • We'll visit the Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory to learn about climate change research from some of the country's leading scientists. 
  • The Marine Mammal Center rehabilitates animals, and during our visit there we'll have the chance to learn about the relationships between humans and animals, and how we can help keep them and their environment healthy.
  • We'll pray and reflect at the Marin Headlands, and learn some of the history of native people who first lived in this land. 
  • Angel Island, the site of an immigration station for many years, is a rich site of history about the struggles and triumphs of many immigrant families. Our visit there will invite us into conversations about immigration in our own families and communities. 

This is a small window into what we have planned and are planning! We hope you will join us, and encourage the young people in your lives to join us. If you have questions, please get in touch with the Rev. Sarah Quinney or the Rev. Anne Clarke.

Youth of our diocese trekked through Yosemite in 2017. This year, the group heads to points west.

Young Adult Leaders Form New Bonds

By the Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator

The first few days after the end of a semester are made for sleeping in and catching up on Netflix episodes missed during finals week. But for our Pathways young adult leaders, many of whom had just finished high school and college finals, Christmas break began by gathering together at Mercy Center in Auburn to plan next summer's Pathways youth pilgrimage.Seven of these young adult leaders met each other during the 2015 Lift Every Voice pilgrimage in North Carolina, and they have continued working together to bring a similar program to young people in Northern California. Along the way, they've welcomed new leaders into the group, and together they've learned a great deal about what it means to be ministers of reconciliation.During the retreat, these young leaders worked with Bishop Barry and other older adult leaders to reflect on everything from how to provide pastoral care for homesick participants to the best ways to engage a group of 7th - 12th graders about connections between the history of indigenous people and environmental justice. 

Together, the group sketched out a week that includes two day trips from the host site at Sonoma State University: one day to visit sites in Sonoma county related to environmental justice, and another to visit Angel Island and learn about past and present immigration issues.

For Kirstyn Teuscher of St. Barnabas, Mount Shasta, who participated in praying, reflecting, and planning during the retreat via a Zoom video conference, Pathways has become something she looks forward to each summer. "Each year has its own feel, and it leaves you excited to see what the next trip will bring ­- always a new adventure and always a new message from God about how we affect the world around us and how we can continue to contribute to its well-being."

Archdeacon Gary Brown, participating in Pathways for the first time, remarked that "the Pathways planning retreat was an experience of rejuvenation and inspired hope in me. It was delightful to work with such a dedicated, bright, and wholesome group of young people as well as some very devoted adults."

Teuscher added that this collaborative planning is one of the highlights of this experience: "I also like the design or teamwork that we've created in the development and execution. It makes it more than just a summer camp, but more of an experience to take with you in life. You learn skills, history, communication. And it feels more like you've added your personal touch to this camp that you are honored to be a part of."


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