At several points throughout each day, and during an extended time of debriefing each evening, students and volunteers reflected on what they were experiencing. They shared how they were being challenged to rethink some of their assumptions about life and faith. Several students shared the following reflections:
- A storm destroyed Mississippi, but people destroyed Detroit.
- We are the story of the “Good Samaritan,” but most of the time we’re the religious people who didn’t help the suffering person.
- The love of Jesus is a beautiful, unique thing.
- The historical connection and conflict between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam is anything but simple.
- It’s not okay to take your experience with a small number of people and project that experience onto their entire religion or culture.
- I didn’t feel “welcome” where we were working today, but then again, if a bunch of people who looked different than me showed up in my neighborhood uninvited, I might not want to welcome them either.
- We didn’t accomplish much this week. The problems here are bigger than a few people giving money or time. The system is messed up. That’s what needs to be fixed. […]