MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT: LOCURAS
Submitted by: Katie Moynihan
The freshmen and sophomores of Foundations, myself included, recently had the opportunity to spend a weekend on retreat at Bair Lake Bible Camp in Michigan. I, personally, am so grateful for this experience. Amidst the seemingly inevitable stress that comes with being a high school student, this retreat served its purpose in providing peace and perspective.
One central theme to this retreat was the concept of wearing masks. These masks are figurative, of course, but the concept entails that every person is inclined to construct figurative barriers that “mask”, if you will, their true personality in order to fit in, to gain friends, etc. All weekend, some of our adult Foundations leaders as well as some teen retreat leaders gave small talks revolving around their experiences regarding their own masks. Hearing the viewpoints of peers my age and those of adults, made me feel I had multiple wonderful people with whom I could empathize. This inclusive and honest atmosphere was unfaltering all three days, which I am incredibly thankful for.
The overall theme of this retreat was “Locuras”, which in Spanish means “craziness”. Throughout the weekend, we were encouraged by our leaders to “be crazy” in all aspects of our life: in our relationships, in our love, & most importantly, in our faith. After this retreat, I’ve been able to create my own definition of what it means to “be crazy”: to love unabashedly and wholeheartedly. In other words, it means to offer patience to those with whom you disagree, positivity when things don’t quite go the way you’d hoped (they often don’t), and friendship to those who need a shoulder to lean on; it means being willing to take off your mask, to have integrity, and to be eager to show the world your pure self. To be crazy means to be selfless, encouraging, and proud of the fact that you are.
My favorite bible passage we read on this retreat was by far 1 Corinthians 13:4-7,13, which says, “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy or boast; love is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on his/her own way; love is not irritable or resentful; love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Upon first reading this passage, we were prompted by our leaders to replace the word “love” with “Jesus”. In doing so, the quote reads, “Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind… Jesus bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Everything still proves to be true. Not only did this passage encourage me to continue to show love, and provide guidance as to how to show love, but it reaffirmed my faith in and love for Christ. Too often I become distanced from my religion, but I never cease to leave Foundations feeling as though my faith has been strengthened. That trend was certainly continued on this retreat; I left feeling strong, appreciated, and ready to love.
Katie Moynihan is a sophomore at Whitney Young. She is an active member of Foundations and just attended the Locuras Freshmen/Sophomore Retreat.