The Lenten Reflections for 2018 (click link above) were originally submitted in 2015 by people who have spent time at Camp Fowler. Fowler is a unique camp in many ways. It is a ministry of the Regional Synod of Albany and engages over 150 adult volunteers as cabin counselors and kitchen help each summer. It’s not a place we send our kids. It’s a place we work on living into our baptismal vows together. Fowler has been referred to as the “jewel of the Synod” for many years.
The ministry at Fowler focuses on hospitality: welcoming all who show up. Within this framework, the summer programming has three emphases: 1) experiencing community where “interdependence is experienced and celebrated. For the Church to thrive, community must be incarnated in our lives. 2) discovering simplicity and slowing down. Our campers and staff all arrive “dis-membered” with their lives in many different places at once. Fowler, by providing a “screen free” space, allows them all to “re-member” and once we are all in one place it’s possible to start hearing that still small voice whispering through our noisy world. 3) and caring for the world. Whether we are baking bread, turning the compost, growing gardens, or capturing energy from the sun, our campers are all engaged in the great work of loving God’s world and all, human and non-human, who dwell therein.
These reflections capture some of the spirit that blows through the ministry at Fowler. They are not polished and they are not censored. They are the prayerful thoughts and musings of approximately 40 different staff, volunteers, board members, campers, and friends.
Because of our ecumenical commitment, the days follow the Common Lectionary texts. Each author was invited to:
- Read the passage
- Read a couple passages before and after
- Do something else for the day, keeping the passage in your mind.
- Find a word/phrase/concept that connects with your own experience. Reflect on that.
You are encouraged to do the same thing.
We were blessed to be part of this project. Our prayer is that the blessing is multiplied like fish and loaves.
Walk in balance,
Fowler Executive Director