by Anna Countryman
This summer I had the opportunity to attend the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute in Minneapolis. This was a week long camp where we took classes, explored the city and grew closer to God. Throughout the week I was able to learn new things, make new friends, and best of all strengthen my relationship with God.
Throughout the camp we had three sets of classes on peer ministry, cross-cultural conflict, and community organizing. In the peer ministry class we learned about how to have a proper conversation and how to talk with someone you've never met. Then in the cross-cultural conflict class we learned about the differences of race, culture and ethnicity and how different cultures have different ways of living. Finally in the community organization class we learned how to organize different events from a company and community board meeting about a problem in the city, to a huge meeting where we're trying to sway a congresswoman's view. These classes were each unique and informative in their own ways. Prior to the week we had to read a book and answer different questions about it. Each night we had an hour long class where we talked about the book and how as Christian Lutherans we can break the silence.
This week was an unforgettable experience that I will forever cherish. I would recommend anyone wanting to go into ministry or just wanting to grow their relationship with God this camp is a great way to do so.