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Treating others as Christ

Our college missioner loves to tell her students to treat all who come to us as if they were Christ. Our experience on Sunday reminded me of that, and of Jesus’s teaching in Matthew 25. We were celebrating eucharist in the park in Harlem when a young boy decided to join us. He was unprepared [...]

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I am waking up this morning back in my house in Oxford, MS, where I attend The University of Mississippi. My experiences in Austin seem like another world compared to my life here; this only increases my desire to continue to teach others about the complex issues behind immigration and homelessness in our nation. I [...]

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Post-Pilgrimage Reflections

The ungraspable magnitude of this past week struck me last night. On the car ride back home from the bus-stop in Maryland, my father asked me the obvious question: “How was your New York trip?” Struggling to find the words to explain to him everything we had done, or even just the bare essentials of [...]

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Familiar City, New Discoveries.

Today was our first full day of our pilgrimage and it was LONG. I feel like I walked 20 miles and I have definitely had an adventure. Our first stop today was at the Ali Fornay Center, a great organization that caters to specifically to homeless LGBT youth. These kids have come from everywhere, many [...]

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Day one in NYC

Today was our first day in NYC, staying at the beautiful St. Mary’s in Harlem. We went to the Ali Forney Center, which caters specifically to GLBT homeless youth. Not suprisingly, over half of the youth on the streets are GLBT, having been violently chased from their homes. We heard horrific stories about GLBT youth [...]

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Trains, planes and surprisingly good weather

Hello all, I’m Valerie, the site director for the New York Urban Pilgrimage. Things are going well, all nine participants arrived safely, the first site visits have gone well, and that is in despite of major flight and bus delays, rainy weather and construction on the primary train line that serves our part of Manhattan. [...]

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Howdy Y’all!

Hi! My name is Bobby Chambers, and I’m an economics major at Texas A&M University. Even though I was born in Des Moines, Iowa, I spent my whole life living in Houston, by Johnson Space Center (yeah, I know a couple of astronauts.) Like a lot of Texans, I love watching football, and fall Saturdays [...]

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Howdy!

I am Erica Peaslee, a student at Blinn College (next door to Texas A&M, I hope to transfer to A&M this summer). I love traveling, photography, learning new languages and discovering new cultures, meeting new people, etc… I am excited to experience a new side of New York I haven’t seen before, I have lived [...]

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Hi everyone! I’m Michelle from Portland, Oregon.  I’ll be one of your network administrators/blog editors etc. during your pilgrimage.  I served last year as chaplain to the NYC homelessness pilgrimage and am excited to see some of last year’s pilgrims working on this year’s programs!  I hope the trend continues.  I also joined Jessie Smith [...]

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My name is Awbrey Allen Collins. No nick names but I am picky upon how my name is spelled because most of the time it is mispelled with a “u”. Im currently an English major but am planning to switch to Criminal Justice because I have aspirations of becoming a State Trooper. I like to work [...]

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