Posted by: ajsssummer | August 3, 2010

Faith in KC Kansas

Throughout our experience so far on AJSS we have not only taken part
in our religion but have had multiple encounters with various cultures
outside Judaism. Last week we engaged in two days of service with an
Episcopalian high service group called MissionPalooza. On the second
night we were guests in their beautiful historic church for dinner, an
interfaith discussion, and a movie. Getting to meet teens our age who
are here doing community service like we are was awesome. Reflecting
back on these two days provides a clear example for society that we
might be two different religions but our goals for repairing the world
(tikkun olam) are imperative and a wonderful thing to do together.
Friday night’s BBQ and services with Ohev Sholom was great- to eat and
pray with a community so welcoming and accepting was wonderful-and the
kosher hamburgers and hotdogs weren’t too bad either! We awoke
Saturday morning to enjoy a selfmade service in our PJs. It was nice
to pray in an intimate setting with 18 other people we now call
family. Sunday we attended a service on the other side of the
spectrum. Paul, a ReStore worker we have come to know and love,
invited us to his Pentacostal church service complete with dancing,
singing, and over 1,000 church-goers immersed in worship. It was
definitely a change from our familiar Jewish services, but nonetheless
a great learning experience.

Sophie, Matt, Nick, Emma, Josh


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