The camp season is officially underway. Before camp got going, Bishop Gulick held a commissioning service (literally "a sending") to reaffirm the baptismal vows of the Shrine Mont Camps' staff. Two by two, Gulick laid his hand on the head of every staff member and said:
May the Holy Spirit, who has begun a good work in you, direct and uphold you in the service of Christ and his kingdom. Amen. (BCP 310)
Staff were then given a copy of Henri Nouwen's Life of the Beloved and their purple staff polo. The first gift was a show of the Church's commitment to the spiritual life of the counselors, and the second representing the staff's commitment to "seek and serve Christ in all persons" this summer.
In Life of the Beloved, Nouwen says, “Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake...an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life...all of our life.” Staff members this summer will give themselves to their campers, sometimes well beyond the bounds of what's expected, and then give more. It's this repeated giving that transfigures Shrine Mont every summer.
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