Friday, October 3
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Season of Peace
The Presbytery of Genesee Valley
In his song “Free Life,” Dan Wilson sings, “And in the air the questions hang/Will we get to do something?/Who we gonna end up being?/How we gonna end up feeling?/What you gonna spend your free life on?”
These questions occupy the thoughts of young adults heading out into the world. Our driven culture offers little time or space to explore answers—to reflect on how God calls them to be in this world.
A new program in the Presbytery of Genesee Valley, Lagom Landing, offers young people 10 months to reflect on these questions while learning from the monastic practices of labor, simplicity, and community. Students work with their hands, primarily in the skilled building trades, and learn gardening, food preservation, and cooking. Along with the hands-on aspects of the program, students critically reflect on our world through reading, journaling, and worship.
Three young adults currently going through the program illustrate the need for a safe space in the transition to adulthood. One came to Lagom Landing after losing both his parents. He needed to grieve and to build new disciplines. Another came after a frustrating semester at college. A third is facing employment issues while our country awaits immigration reform.
Together, the Lagom Landing community is learning to listen to God’s Spirit working through the rhythms of the day. They are learning a much slower pace, creatively using their hands to build up their community, as God guides them to embrace their free lives.
The Presbytery of Genesee Valley is home to 69 congregations.
—Rev. Laurel Nelson, staff, Lagom Landing, Dansville
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Melissa DeRosia, member, PMA Board
Rev. Amy Williams Fowler, presbytery leader
Elder Susan Orr, presbyter for mission and education
Rev. Neil Frood, presbyter for pastoral support and development
Rev. Val Fowler, stated clerk
Beth Weaver, office administrator
Elder Janice Bilohlavek, program secretary
Cheryl Battaglia, financial administrator
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rev. Hector Rodriguez, PMA
Jackie Roh, OGA
Let us pray
O Christ, keep us aware and responsive to the ways you are calling us to be creative in our lives and in the sharing of your good news. Amen.