Want to tackle some easy
questions this summer? Like...
"What is the meaning of life?"
"Why do people say 'what a shame' when others mess up their lives?"
"Is God still communicating with us?"
"Is the world permanently ruined?"
Of course, those aren't easy questions at all. SIFAT (Servants in Faith and Technology) will offer its annual Learn and Serve
summer program to rising seventh through twelfth graders at its 176-acre campus in Lineville. The theme for 2015, "Dust," is greatly affected by similar questions from the writer of Ecclesiastes. Participants will also utilize the first three chapters of Manna and Mercy
by Daniel Erlander, a 100-page illustrated paraphrase of the Bible, in an effort to discuss these difficult questions. These three chapters run from the Creation story to the Israelites' experience in the wilderness with God helping them recover or be rehabilitated from slavery in Egypt in order to be a society that taught others about the life God intended for us—a good one in the best sense of the word "good."
Topics for discussion will include how the dust God created life from is good from the start, how life should not be wasted as it is in slavery, and that life can be good again when we notice God's constant efforts at communicating with us in so many different ways to bring us back to the good dust from which we were created. God can help us rehabilitate from what we've been enslaved to/by/from for the sake of the good life we were created to enjoy in friendship with each other, with God and with creation.
This summer at SIFAT will be a celebration of the way God created life and an effort to work toward a return to the good dust out of which all of our lives grow and find their meaning and origin. Visit sifat.org/learn-serve/summer-15 to choose a date and register for your SIFAT experience.
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