Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Worship and Education Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
At the end of last week, I had the chance to go to the Interfaith Consultation at the Stony Point conference center about an hour outside of NYC. The General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations convened approximately sixty church leaders and scholars to provide input to an upcoming document which will describe the PCUSA’s interfaith stance (to be approved at next summer’s General Assembly). It was fascinating to meet so many interesting people doing such faithful ministry in so many different contexts.
Last week I was thrilled to be able to attend the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, a conference filled with more than 5,000 high school students. It was an amazing demonstration of the vitality of the church—not of the future of the church, but of the current church.
During my recent visit to the Dumaguete City, Philippines, for a consultation on theological education in Asia (which you can read about here and here), I had an amazing opportunity to visit a ministry called the Little Children of the Philippines (LCP). This decades-old ministry reaches out to the poorest of the poor in multiple sites around Dumaguete City, housing orphans, running community centers, giving job training and opportunities, and holding Bible studies and worship.