Update: Chapel Rock

Have been posting infrequently lately, I know. Transitions tend to do that for me, tend to leave me processing, contemplative. And I haven’t written any new sermons since making the move half way through May. Still alive though; and still intending to keep this blog active. So here’s one for the August, 2019 archives.

This week finds me at Chapel Rock, the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona’s camp and conference center, in Prescott. The whole school is here, a kind of solidifying experience for the student body, faculty, and staff.

Getting to know Imago Dei Middle School has been everything I’d hoped it would be. It is a genuine blessing to work with people on the margins of society, to be their advocate, to take on their struggles, challenges, and elations as my own.

Yet, already, it has been more than hoped for. I’m not chaplain just to a group of 5th through 8th graders. The IDMS community includes family members of students, for whom we offer ongoing ESL classes and a food pantry. We run a graduate support services program, offering (for instance) free tutoring to alumni now in high school. We also (surprise!) own a couple subsidiary nonprofits that employ alumni and family members of students.

This, then, is the community that I serve. Though a school, it feels more a church to me than any other church I’ve been a part of!

Anyway, stay tuned for more. In the near future, I will be finishing up my several-part answer to the question, “Why School Chaplaincy?” I will also post more reflections as I get to know this unique community that everyday fills me with a sense of wonder.

Right now, however, I’ve got to go grab some camp breakfast!

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