Henry James once said that "summer afternoons" are "the two most beautiful words in the English language." I might opt for a morning or afternoon in late May or early June, when it is not officially summer yet but the plans and journeys of summer are in motion. Mayterm is nearing the finish line, with 195 students enrolled in 16 classes (down slightly from last year’s record high of 21 classes). Another 40 students are taking Westmont’s courses off campus this summer in Cambodia, England or San Francisco. The women’s soccer team just returned from 16 days of service and “friendlies” in Nairobi, Kampala and the town of Gulu in northern Uganda. Right after Commencement 53 members of the College Choir and Chamber Singers took a road trip from Santa Barbara to the Rockies, singing in Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Later this summer 24 members of the choir will perform in Pittsburgh at the National Conference of the North American Lutheran Church.
This summer there are 73 students, spread across 14 teams, who are on Emmaus Road. They are serving in Guatemala (aftercare for abuse & trafficking victims), Bolivia (medical), Spain (arts/theater), Israel (reconciliation), Uganda (community development), Nepal (education and agricultural development), China (orphan care and ESL), Japan (disaster relief), Indonesia (business), Madagascar (reforestation and public health), the Philippines (urban slums), and Taiwan/Korea (music and leadership).
I trust your summer months will be filled with some invigorating projects and some time for renewal.