Days 6 & 7: Social Justice & Sabbath
At a Glance
Saturday: Social Justice
Saturday: Deuteronomy 24:19-22; Ruth 2; 2 Corinthians 8:1-14; Matthew 15:32-39
Sunday: Amos 8:1-12; Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 52; Psalm 15; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42
What a great weekend! Saturday morning we rose extra early to spend much of the day at United Methodist Camp Chestnut Ridge, learning about their practices of sustainability and caring for the earth as a Christian community. We took turns working in the community garden at camp, harvesting vegetables, feeding the animals, and weeding the garden beds. We also journeyed with center director Rhonda Parker on a pilgrimage through the camp, reflecting on care for the earth and stewardship of resources.
Saturday afternoon brought lots of time for rest and playtime, a cookout on the terrace at the Divinity School, and the opportunity to hear one of our artists, Tracy Radosevic, tell the entire Gospel of Mark from memory. On Sunday morning, several DYA students assisted with worship in Duke Chapel as lectors, symbol-bearers, and communion servers. In the afternoon we practiced Sabbath-keeping, and ended the evening with vespers on the terrace.
“What are their names?”
— A DYA student asking about Camp Chestnut Ridge’s pigs
“Ham and Bacon.”
— The farm director, reminding us of the connection between our food and its source
“I think I’d run out of things to pray about!”
— A student reflecting on Into Great Silence, a documentary about Carthusian monks who take a lifetime vow of silence
The start of week two begins with Resurrection! Dr. Warren Smith, professor of historical theology, will join us in plenary. In the afternoon, we’ll again visit the arts village and will welcome the Congregation at Duke Chapel at another hospitality dinner. In the evening, DYA mentor Rev. George Linney will preach during our first student-led worship service and DYA ministry coordinator Rev. Andrew Thompson will preside.