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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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So what’s next?

This entry was originally written on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 22 while I was waiting in the airport. What can I say to sum up my experience in Oxnard? As I prepare to head home, I’m recalling the theme, or driving question, of a conversation I had with Holly last night, and which I [...]

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Every now and again, there is nothing I love more than a good In & Out burger! A non-native Californian, I remember well the first time I was introduced to In & Out. I was working (at the time) as an Episcopal Urban Intern at the St. Joseph Homeless Service Center in Venice. My colleagues [...]

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“…We are travelers on a road, we are here to help each other walk the mile and share the load.” Though we didn’t even sing the song that these lyrics belong to in our worship service earlier tonight, somehow they came up in conversation, [slash] a few of us started singing them together after dinner. [...]

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Tonight we had a church service at the farm that was very humbling for me. Nicole was kind enough to bring a guitar from her church and I was welcomed to play a few of the hymns with Anne, the nice woman who played piano for the group. Everyone was very accepting and thankful for [...]

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It’s Sunday morning in Oxnard, and it’s raining. Fairly heavy, but nothing abnormal for a Georgia boy, what with all the rain we’ve seen there lately. For southern California, however, apparently this is a deluge. The constant drip, drip of water on the patio, and the on-again, off-again rushing of the wind outside seem an [...]

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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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First Impressions

Mitch here in Oxnard. It’s been a wonderful first evening of our pilgrimage. We’re staying in a modest farm house on a 5-acre organic farm outside of the city, and we are sharing the house with a group of EYP Interns from the LA area who are here finishing up a day of retreat from [...]

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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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