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The Ghost of Colonialism

Recently, we visited the museum for the Campaign Against the Genocide. We did this in preparation for a conversation about colonialism and our place in it at missionaries in Africa. Colonialism is such a struggle in my own narrative because I hold identities of both sides. It is fair to say that I may not… Continue reading The Ghost of Colonialism

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The World of 76

As part of our orientation process, we participated in an activity called 'The World of 76'. 76 is an important number, because that is the number of young adults being sent out into the world through this years program. 76 of us, sent into a world that is vast and complex and of which we… Continue reading The World of 76

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Race, Power, Privilege, and Our Place in the World

One thing that is very evident when entering YAGM orientation is that its very white. And by white I mean that there are a lot of folks who hold a lot of racial privilege that are part of this organization. Anyone familiar with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America would probably not be surprised by… Continue reading Race, Power, Privilege, and Our Place in the World

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A Week in Plenary

Myself and the other 76 other YAGM volunteers descended upon the Windy City on Tuesday, August 14th, to start a week of bonding, learning, and just some general shenanigans. I myself have just returned from an Amazing Race style scavenger hunt to find a Ethiopian restaurant in uptown Chicago. My beautiful cohort and I explored… Continue reading A Week in Plenary