Day 4 (a little late…)
This was a heavy day for most of us; visiting First United Mission on the downtown east side in Vancouver was eye opening for all of us and forced us to ask some difficult questions. Where to draw the boundaries of unconditional love? At what point are we no longer helping, but enabling behaviour that is destructive to us, others, and the ones we are trying to help? What I came to understand was that it is most important to with hold judgement and persecution and instead try to show them justice and support in getting there and that this is the best way to provide unconditional love. The only question is how do we do that effectively?
(editor’s note: Maia is one of a group of 13 young adults and their leaders, travelling across Canada meeting with United Church folk along the way. Their pilgrimage culminates at Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where they will participate in the national gathering of the United of Church of Canada (aka General Council), working on behalf of us all.)