Jonathan Russell, Chair of the Silver Lake Board of Directors, reflects on summer 2021 at Silver Lake.
We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in 2021 to make an impact on campers that will stay with them their entire lives. You have never been more needed. This is your chance to really make a difference in the lives of campers, and to make a real impact on Silver Lake itself.
Silver Lake Board chair, Jonathan Russell, muses about bees and springtime at Silver Lake.
Dear Silver Lake Family, As you know, camp is not just about canoes and campfires. Camp is about community. Our camp is committed to taking action to ensure equitable access to the magic of our programs regardless of their sex assigned at birth. In recent days, we’ve watched heartbreaking legislation sweeps across the country, taking aim at the trans* youth in our communities. We would like to be absolutely clear in our messaging - trans* youth are welcome and supported by our ...
Dear Friends, With heavy hearts, we write to you again following racialized violence in our country. Again, we find ourselves having to make clear that racism in all its forms is abhorrent to people who follow Jesus. To our community members of Asian and Pacific Island descent: We weep with you. And we stand with you. We are holding you in prayer, and we pledge to address systemic and institutional racism, including anti-Asian racism, at Silver Lake and in the larger UCC body. We pledge to ...
"We can be the stake for a camper that is away from home for the first time, for the summer staff member that is struggling to stay energized during this summer’s two-week sessions, and for the year-round staff who have been carrying the responsibility of keeping camp up and running safely during a global pandemic." -- Silver Lake Board Member, Lara Edmondson, writes about spring, the Silver Lake garden, and how we can support each other.
"In January 2021, the Silver Lake Board of Directors met for a planning retreat. During the virtual session, we engaged in exercises to help focus our discussion around evolving mission and vision statements for Silver Lake. These activities will help inform our project of developing a strategic plan." - Cindy Cayer, Silver Lake Board of Directors
"In the beginning, my main drive for being on staff was to be a part of something, a collective of people, but I realized that it is unlike anything else. I had some of my most enjoyable experiences at Silver Lake and made some of the best friends. I learned how to work with others in a setting unlike any other and discovered how to be kind and caring during stressful times. I also learned that watching others grow and learn about themselves is incredibly rewarding." - Graham Sweetnam, Silver ...
Go easy on yourself and whatever reaction you are having. When you are tempted to close down, reach out instead. Silver Lake friends are great for this.
"On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me..." Five Golden Rings represents a lot of money. Imagine how much good we could do with all that gold! In honor of the Holy Family’s need to flee a murderous king (Matthew 2:13-15), today we are learning about refugees around the world and how we can help them. Learn more about some of the organizations that work with refugees: Church World Service - https://cwsglobal.org/ A Silver Lake Mission Partner, Church World Service works to "build...