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Summertime 2017

May
24

Things are quieter around the UofA campus during the summer months. The University Blvd restaurants, Student Union restaurants, and Park Student restaurants are all pretty chill too. However, lots of energy and creativity is going into planning for the Fall semester. I'm excited about the coming year. I look forward to seeing returning students and new freshmen and transfers who will be coming to campus. I especially look forward to the adventures that God is planning for us this year.

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Holy Week 2017

Apr
12

Holy Week is a poignant time in the year for Christians. We remember Jesus' entry into Jerusalem to shouts of support ("Hosanna!"). But then things begin unraveling. Thursday is his last meal with the disciples, the washing of their feet (John), the institution of Holy Communion (Mark, Matthew, Luke), prayer and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, a trial where the same people who praised him before are now shouting "crucify him, crucify him", the crucifixion and burial. Jesus dies. Really dies.

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Welcome back to campus!

Jan
10

Welcome back to campus everyone. Hope you had a bit of rest and nourishing adventure during the Christmas break. A highlight for Nancy and me was a beautiful Christmas choral concert at the old San Xavier Church south of Tucson by a men's and boy's choir. Really brought us into the deeper meanings of the event of Jesus' birth and life.

I'm looking forward to seeing you. Prayers for the upcoming Semester.

Peace, in Christ

Pastor Ron 

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Towards the completion of Fall Semester 2016

Nov
30

Just a week left of classes, then Final Exams. And then ... Christmas break. Everyone is about ready to bring this semester to completion and I pray that it has been a good one for you. Do you feel older? Smarter? Wiser? Alexis will be graduating this December 2016. Several other students in May 2017. See, there is light at the end of the tunnel:) The time goes by fast.

Blessings on the remaining days of this semester. God's strength and peace to you,

Pastor Ron

 

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Blog from Jordan Barrows

Sep
02

September 1, 2016

Cataphatic vs. Apophatic: Where do you find yourself?

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Fall Semester 2016

Aug
11

Hi to all 'returning' and 'new to campus' UofA students,

The start of a new semester, especially in the Fall, is filled with a whole spectrum of emotions - anticipation, fear, joy, freedom, expectation, and the weight of constant classroom demands. How to my organize time? What are my priorities? Is this new relationship going anywhere? Whom can I trust? Other people seem smarter (or dumber:) than me. Should I study each day, or cram at the end (actually, the former plan is best:)  

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Spring Semester is looking good!

Jan
26

Welcome back all to campus for Spring Semester 2016. This weekend (Jan. 29-31) we are traveling to Sedona AZ with the LCMs from ASU and NAU. Our theme is: "Bridging Boundaries, Borders, Walls." It seems like every personal and public experience we get involved in has to do with negotiating such things. Whether it is an issue like Immigration, or what to post and not post on Facebook, or our evolving relationship with parents. We are always working out issues of boundaries, borders, walls ...  and what bridging them might look like.

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Are you a Disneyland fan?

Oct
06

Besides a great Guest Speaker, inspiring LCM student Testimonies and Msic, a wonderful catered Meal, and a Silent Auction, this year's LCM Banquet (Sunday, October 25, 4:30pm) will feature a Raffle drawing.  The Raffle drawing is for a package of four 1-Day Hopper Passes to Disneyland and California Adventure Park, value $620. 4 people can use these Passes on one day between now and August 30, 2017. You can stay at one Park, or visit the 2 Parks. Raffle tickets are $10 each. You need not be present at the Banquet to win.

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What is LCM about, really??!

Sep
15

Over the years the ministry adventures that LCM students and pastor share/talk/practice each semester have accumulated and sorted themselves out and landed upon various significant touchstones. These touchstones seem to move us closer to the Spirit's calling for this ministry, and closer to the core Vision/Values/Mission of what we are about. They have emerged from profound group experiences, stunning classroom insights, poignant retreat conversations, books read, and worship moments that stick to the roof of our soul.

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How so busy so FAST?!

Sep
03

Hi LCMers,

It is remarkable how each semester starts off so energetically. Suddenly, almost every student is behind on homework and under the heavy pressure of things needing to get done. And it's not just in the classroom. There are also clubs relating to majors (pre-dental, Spanish, astronomy, law), part time jobs on and off campus, clubs for fun and personal growth (LCM, chess, dance, etc.), household/dorm room chores, physical exercise, eating healthy meals, and having a social life. Whew! 

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