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Showing posts from June, 2018

The Journey Home

Lately, we cannot go anywhere without hearing about the immigration and refugee crises. First, a travel ban was set in place and now families are being separated from each other, making it more and more difficult to settle into the United States. This implies that the road to immigrate might have been easier in the 'before;' however, the process was always far from simple.

Tuesday night, around 100 people gathered into Belong Church to hear Farduus Ahmed share her story of immigrating to the U.S. from Somalia as a child. Farduus described how long and discouraging the process is, going through many intense interviews and health screenings.

I almost broke when she told us of witnessing women who became pregnant during their processes. Most of the time, their visas would be put on hold until the government could figure out who the father was and test him in the same way. If the expectant mother had malaria, they were forced to take pills to treat it before coming to the U.S.; howe…

2018 Legislative Session Recap

Last week, the Rocky Mountain Synod Policy Committee met to review the last legislative session and reassess how the Church's advocacy meets the needs of the world. I am neither from Colorado nor have I ever seen a policy committee in action, so the meeting opened my eyes to how religion connects to the world of advocacy.

The day began with an enlightening devotion by Ian Fletcher that blew me away. He shared words from Ruby Sales' interview with Krista Tippett titled Where Does It Hurt? (Listen to the podcast on your drive home -- it's worth it.) Sales spoke on the need for a theology that fits people of all intersections, but particularly race. One part that struck me was when Sales attended a Black Lives Matter conference and had a conversation about generational divides, and then went on to discuss the importance of intimacy within the black community and, furthermore, across other communities. It was a highly intelligent interview that hit at theological questions I h…

Pride: Loving our Neighbors

When I arrived at PrideFest Saturday, I had a sensory overload. Rainbows flew above the crowds of people, who were all grinning from ear to ear. People of all genders dressed like themselves, children excitedly walked up to booths to learn more about their neighbors and dogs rocked the most colorful tutus I have ever seen.

As I headed into Civic Park, I was handed a bottle koozie that read "Love your ___ neighbor" (fill in that blank with every intersection you can think of, ie. gay, transgender, immigrant, homeless, and it was written there). Political groups collected signatures in support of candidates who would perpetuate love through legislation. Organizations I had never heard of called me over, explained their purposes and asked me to stand in solidarity with them by wearing a sticker or a pin.

The RMS provided helping hands at the Episcopalians and Lutherans Welcome You! booth. I was unsure of how well we would be received, as I know that many associate being Christian…

Intern Katie jumps aboard

Hello, everyone! You may wonder who is blogging this summer, so allow me to introduce myself. I'm Katie Kreis and am serving as an intern at the Office of the Bishop for the next eight weeks. I am a Wisconsinite born and raised, so it's safe to say that I am a fan of the Packers, Brewers and Badgers, though I do occasionally root for the Red Sox and Rockies. I'm also a sucker for any dairy products and, of course, this includes cheese curds.

This fall, I will be a fourth-year at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, studying journalism and communication, women's studies, Spanish and leadership. I found the Rocky Mountain Synod Office through a program called Wartburg West, in which students can take a semester or summer to live in downtown Denver, take classes and work at an internship. Here, I'll be working primarily within communication and advocacy.

I found my niche in public relations, but really had no idea where I wanted to end up after graduation. However, everyt…