Days 12, 13, 14.
These last few days of travel all seem to have been all about balance. Starting with a visit to the Sandy Saltaux Center in Winnipeg where we learned more about the medicine wheel and the significance of its colours in the new crest. It’s all about balancing the directions and the elements and what they stand for; paying attention to each part and respecting each stage in equal measure.
We’ve all been struggling to learn how to find balance on this adventure. It’s difficult to find it in a new environment and when you’re constantly moving it can feel almost impossible. Sometimes it seems like there is no way to get right in between being constantly active with our work in the church this summer and getting enough sleep, or being fully and completely present in the moment and staying connected to home.
This is how I feel the church is struggling at the moment, we are trying to find balance in a time when we are constantly moving and changing. It’s hard to find a compromise when deciding where we need to pull back from the international community and focus on local outreach or vice versa, and balancing traditional church and finding new ways to be in the world. We need to pay attention to every part of the circle in equal measure.
Maia is one of 13 United Church Youth traveling (with their leaders) across Canada prior to joining in the national gathering of the United Church in Corner Brook Newfoundland in early August. Maia is creating a reflective piece of art daily on her pilgrimage.
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