This Sunday, August 15, is Higher Education Sunday in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Those of us who care about campus ministry may have some reasons to celebrate a little as we think about the church’s ministry in institutions of learning.

My colleague Jerry Beavers notes some exciting developments in our denomination’s collegiate ministry in a recent blog. He writes: “As a result of the actions of the PC(U.S.A.)’s 219th General Assembly, Collegiate Ministries has some new opportunities:
(1) The Office of Collegiate Ministries will return as a stand-alone office.
(2) A higher education strategy will be developed to be presented to the 220th General Assembly in 2012.
(3) A Presbyterian Student Organization will be formed.
(4) The Presbyterian Student Leadership Team will be rejuvenated with funding.
(5) There was significant support across the Assembly for Collegiate Ministry.”

But Jerry notes as well some very real challenges, mostly to do with funding. I invite you to visit the July 24 post on the blog for Presbyterian Association for Collegiate and Higher Education Ministries (PACHEM) for details (http://pachem.blogspot.com/).

For my part, I’ll be preaching on campus ministry this Sunday and the whole service will be focused on the theme of higher education. Here, though, I simply want to share as a poem a song I wrote in 1995 and revised in 2005 in honor of all emerging and young adults. Entitled “Today, Tomorrow (The Journey)",” it acknowledges both the challenge and the hope in the lives of college students and young adults.

“Today, Tomorrow (The Journey)”

We are one, we are many/ strangers on a journey/ lookin’ for a friend to share these loads we bear. We’re today/we’re tomorrow/frightened of the future/we’re trav’lin’ on a road to only God knows where.

Bridge/chorus: One day the journey will be done/and we will find our way back home./But for today: we cling to each other!/For though we dare to go, we dare not go alone!

We are one, we are many/friends along the journey/strengthened by the bread from the Feast we share./We’re today, we’re tomorrow/ready for adventure/we know not where we go, but we know God is there.

Repeat bridge/chorus.

We are one, we are many/friends along the journey/gladdened by the wine from the Feast we share./We’re today, we’re tomorrow/ready for adventure/we know not where we go, but we know God is there.

We know God is there.

Post © 2010; song © 1995, 2005 by Tom Cheatham

 

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