"God loves us just the way we are. But God loves us too much to let us stay the way we are. God keeps shaping us and leading us and pushing us to be better than we ever thought we could be."
Bishop Goff sent the assembled into the world with this blessing: "Be strong. Be courageous. Never be afraid. For God who created you has always been with you and loves you fiercely."
Wherever you are, wherever you go, remember your way home.
Graphic design by Sarah Keithly, words by Henry Burt, concept by Alexander MacPhail.
The Stories We Tell
This year it seemed harder than ever to pick out our favorite posts, so we've shirked that responsibility and organized things so you might re-read some favorites of your own or find one or two you missed.
THE PEACE, THOUSANDS OF TIMES OVER
EXPLORERS CAMP, 1998
WHAT MARIA SAID
MY LIFE OUTSIDE
THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER
Bishop Susan Goff:
QUIET AND STILLNESS AT ART CAMP
THE FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
THE ANNOUNCEMENTS SONG! THEN AND NOW
LOLLIPOP, NO, BODY STRING MOMENTS
Q&A WITH CONNOR GWIN, CHAPLAIN TO THE STAFF
THE PLAYLISTS/THAT LOVING REBELLION
REFRESH ME AND MAKE ME NEW: ST. ELIZABETH'S COMMISSIONING
Q&A WITH PARIS BALL, DIRECTOR OF SHRINE MONT CAMPS
THE CAMP DANCE
EXPLORERS THE GREAT
CONNOR GWIN, CHAPLAIN TO STAFF, PAYING IT FORWARD
Vienna House communications interns*:
Parker Benbow: MAD CAMP: A PLAY APART
Katie Franzel: MARANATHA
*A big thanks to the comm interns, Parker, Katie, Sarah McGrath and Greg Deekens, who spent their days photographing and telling the story all summer.
Peter Ackerman: CAMP WRITES ITS OWN PSALM
Jordan Casson: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW
Mary Beth Emerson: FOR JUST SUCH A TIME AS THIS
Jen Kimball: 10 FANTASTIC THINGS ABOUT CHAPLAINCY
Daniel Robayo: CONTEMPLATIONS ON THE SHOUTING PRAYER
Taylor Trobaugh: LIGHTS OUT, ST. GEORGE'S
JULY FOURTH AND THE BISHOP'S JUBILEE
THE POLAR VORTEX CAN'T STOP THIS MAGIC
ST. GEORGE'S FIRSTS
EXPLORERS CAMP SESSION I
ST. ELIZABETH'S CAMP
Just a Few of Our Favorite Photos of 2014
Until next year!
The View from the Mountain
Photo [and everything else] credit: So, so many people. Thank you all.
Spreading the good news of Shrine Mont Camps into the Valley of the World.
The View from the Mountain is written by a rotating cast of staff writers and contributors.