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Canoe Night!

It's been a crazy year in the Presbyouth Room with a lot of changes and a lot of fun! The year came to a close last night on Wall Lake, where Tony and Donna Dwire invited us for an evening of canoes, lawn games, swimming, and campfires. We had an absolute blast and only four phones and one set of car keys fell in the lake! So many fun moments took place but instead of telling you about it, I'll just show you!

It has been a great year and we are so thankful to the congregation who supports and cares for the youth program! 
Stay tuned for posts from our summer adventures!
Love from the youth room,


Hello everyone!

I hope this post is finding you in the midst of a great week!

We are talking about Buddhism at youth group tomorrow and I'm so excited! Buddhism is an interesting religion in that it's members follow no god, but instead seek enlightenment. The way they go about finding enlightenment is through very simplistic means of meditation: sometimes staring at a photo of a bodhisattva or a buddha (both are just well known enlightened people--they look to them similarly to how we look to saints in some denominations of Christianity), focusing on a mandala, practicing yoga, or raking through the sand of a zen garden. All of these kinds of meditation aim to clear the mind entirely to truly understand oneself and the world as a whole. Buddhists believe that one cannot truly understand anything until they have emptied their mind of everything.

I think it's fascinating how similar Buddhist meditation is to Christian meditation: The difference between the two is significan…

A Look at Hindu Worship

"Hinduism was summed up in an Indian High Court ruling in 1995:--The Hindu religion does not claim any one prophet; it does not worship any one god; it does not subscribe to any one dogma; it does not believe in any one philosophic concept; it does not follow any one set of religious rite or performances in far, it does not appear to satisfy the narrow traditional features of any religion or creed. It way broadly be described as a way of life."

Hinduism has a mentality unlike most religions of the world that is "all religions are not only tolerated bu encouraged." This is to mean that however and whoever you worship depends on what is best for you. To a Hindu, it doesn't make much sense to worship a god that is not a god of what you need: for instance, a Hindu who is asking for help with an obstacle in their life would worship Ganish, remover of obstacles, not Shiva, the destroyer of evil.

This being said, They for the most part, worship in very similar ways t…