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May 18, 2011
Wednesday, May 18 (Session 1, Day 3)
This is my second time at The Summit, thus earning the wonderful title of “alumnus” here. I attended last summer, so it makes sense that I’ve begun these two weeks with a completely different attitude. I remember last year hesitantly going into Summit very unsure of the program and what it entailed and also very unsure of the Christianity that I claimed to believe in. I was several years into my (public) college experience and a full participant in today’s dismissive culture. Those two weeks in Manitou Springs were amazingly revelatory to me, and I realized I had unknowingly succumbed to a very unbiblical way of thinking about the world. During that time, I learned a huge amount about myself and the world around me, and frankly I didn’t want to leave by the end. I had realized that I desperately needed the lessons taught here, as they aren’t being taught anywhere else as far as I know. I knew that if I had the opportunity to return and spend time with the brilliant, yet relatable professors here, I owed it to myself to do just that.
Fast-forward to today. I am loving my time here again and still learning. Summit is frequently and accurately described as “drinking from a fire-hydrant” and going through many of the lectures for the second time, I find myself realizing new Christian truths about the world every day, things that I had missed last year. Today we heard from Jennifer Marshall of the Heritage Foundation lecturing on “Effective Compassion,” the true definition of poverty, and how we as the Church and the United States are and ought to be honestly helping the people we identify as “poor.” This means not just providing money or food for the poor, but seeing them as fellow people and helping them hand-in-hand escape the cycle of dependency on the government through different measures. It was a very interesting lecture and one I thought was tremendously applicable to today as our country continues to dig its financial grave. During the lunch hour, the alumni had the opportunity to gather with Summit Ministries’ future president, Jeff Myers, and speak with him about the outlook of Summit. Summit has had a wonderfully positive effect on me, and I pray that the people here are able to do the same with many, many more from my generation.