I first learned about the Damascus Project at the 2017 Annual Meeting. I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it. I am so excited about this Minnesota/Wisconsin UCC initiative because it will enable me to receive some outstanding training for my calling in ministry. As a single Mom with a full-time job, as well as my part-time position at the church, it was important for me to find an educational option that fit my needs-logistically and financially! I was one of the first people to sign up for the first class, “Exploring God’s Call in a Changing World”. I am not only hoping to deepen my knowledge, but also my understanding about my faith and spirituality, what my calling means, and how I can bring even more purpose and meaning into my life.
This class is helping me to explore all kinds of transformations in a “God is still speaking” world. It is also teaching me about the discernment process and showing me how to engage in theological reflection. Who am I as a person of faith? What is my spiritual identity as I see it right now? What are the influences of organizations or institutions (church, school, work, neighborhood activists) on my faith? What are the societal and global influences? In what ways do I have impact on others? These are just a few of the questions I have already begun to explore during this first month. It’s challenged me, in a good way, to look within and really think about things.