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Posts by Jeremy Albers

Can Churches Benefit from Summer Camp Magic?

For those that have attended a camp at Slumber Falls or seen camps in action, realize that the creativity, planning, and implementation of activities to help shape an intentional Christian community takes time and forethought.  One of the staff training modules includes transforming groups of campers, counselors, and staff from a group into a community with shared values and deep concern for…

Friendships: How much time does it take?

In Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama, Dalai Lama XIV reflected on an observation from a parrot and the Master of Robes.  “One of the parrots was very friendly with…Master of the Robes. He used to feed it nuts. As it nibbled from his fingers, he used to stroke its head, at which the bird appeared to enter a…

Our Taby is Growing!

For many new parents with young children, developmental milestones are one of the measuring tools our culture utilizes to see how young people are growing and maturing.  While the validity of this approach can be argued from a theological point of view in how we are made in God’s image, I have spent a lot of time thinking about development for our…

Christmas Reflections

Decorating for Advent and Christmas took on a new meaning for me this year.  This past year we adopted a baby and he has just turned one.  This is his first Christmas with us, and I want it to be a special time in his life as well as a period of growth as a person. Conversations that once did not apply to…

Blessing of Presence

During one of our college ministry worship services, one of the college leaders led the group in a communion service.  Evidently, she had just finished a study on Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk.  She asked me if it was acceptable to use some of his writings and teachings while reflecting on the communion table.  After we chatted a bit, I…

Ripples

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa, an Albanian-Indian nun, who founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 with 13 members to over 4,000 sisters, an associated brotherhood of 300 members, and over a million co-workers operating 610 missions in over 100 countries at the time of her…

Prevent the Melting of Christmas

A few days ago we experienced a surprise “snow storm” in New Braunfels. Snow covered trees and buildings transformed Slumber Falls into a winter wonderland. For those that have only experienced the camp the summer months, this was a welcomed change. It feels like Christmas is here. The feeling of Christmas is more than the snow.  There seems to be an excitement…

Monastic Living at Slumber Falls Camp

The United Church of Christ has some of the most remarkable camps and outdoor ministries.  Last week I was fortunate enough to spend a week with other folks involved with outdoor ministries at Silver Lake Camp in Connecticut for Consult XXI.  Consult occurs every two years and focuses on networking, education, and spiritual renewal for individuals connected to outdoor ministries.  This conference…

The Future of Slumber Falls

When I was a kid, I remember a story my dad told during a children’s moment in church.  It was a story about a King’s decree that every porch should be swept in the kingdom to help beautify the realm.  Any subject that did not have their porch swept by the following Tuesday evening would…