Training for Understanding and Action

By Sarah Campbell 6-12-2008

I'll be attending Sojourners' Pentecost conference this weekend. Why am I excited? What am I expecting? I'm looking forward to honesty about the challenges we face when we are serious about overcoming poverty.

One of my greatest struggles around large issues like poverty is that I either feel like I'm not informed well enough or that I'm not doing enough. On one hand, I talk in circles about an issue without creating change. Or, I find myself working so hard for an issue that I lose my ability to engage in meaningful conversation with others who are not so gung-ho. Both understanding and action are important.

So I'm looking forward to learning concrete ways that I can live out a radical, inclusive economy of God's kingdom. I'm looking forward to the joyful accountability that comes from an earnest, Spirit-led desire to be in communion with God, God's people, and God's creation.
I hope that this weekend I will engage in meaningful dialogue with others who can help me grow through reflection and can challenge me to deepen my commitments to creating justice.

Sarah Campbell is finishing her time as a volunteer in the Discipleship Year service corps in Washington, D.C., where she has been learning to break her cultural addictions through simplicity and intentional community. She is planning to study in a dual-degree program for a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Social Work.

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