Closer Together: YAs at 2011 Peace Colloquy

Meghan Sloan-Gray at the 2011 Peace Colloquy

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4: 1-3

Something powerful happens when we gather for causes that support the mission of Jesus. We find ourselves transforming how we look at the world and live in it. This year, I was in charge of leading the young adult activities for the Peace Colloquy, and it was great. We had so many different things go well. The Friday night coffee house was a blast as it always is. And through the day on Saturday, we had control of the break room. There was lots of laughing and stories being shared. These things were all great, but by far my favorite moment happened at the YA Dinner on Saturday.

When I got to the pizza place, there were probably 6 of us gathered. We grabbed a table in the middle so that we could grow if we needed to. After a while, more people showed up to eat with us. As we grew, we would make room. We added tables and chairs, and invited the newcomers to share in our food and conversations. By the time we left, we were all squished together because we had ran out of tables to move, so we just got closer and closer. We were supposed to be a young adult gathering, but we ended up with multiple ages and the best pizza party that I’ve been at in years.

When we gather together for the causes of God, definitions fade and love reigns. While it can be a simple as sitting a little bit closer together, it’s moments like those that define and show who we are to the world.

Scott Blair, Reporting
sblair@cofchrist.org

One thought on “Closer Together: YAs at 2011 Peace Colloquy

  1. Diane McNeil says:

    What a powerful testimony of inclusive hospitality. Thanks for sharing your experience, Scotty! Sounds like a wonderful weekend of fellowship.

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