In Fort McMurray we were reminded of important lessons that are often forgotten in the church when we get too bogged down in the politics, the seriousness and immediacy of the topics we are discussing, and the 1084 pages of the workbook.
First is to listen, not just to those advocating for you and yours but to listen to all sides of the story.
Second to speak your story as honestly as possible.
Third is to look, to pay attention to what you see and form your own opinions keeping in mind what others have told you.
Fourth, and probably most important, is to laugh. It’s easy to forget that laughter is valuable even in heavy situations and can be as good as a prayer.
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. Maia is from Kamloops United Church.