Members of Menlo Church and Verbo Church journeyed to Mexicali and spent time in six different villages. The group consisted of around 100 high school students, a group of young adults, and leaders. Several M-A students participated in the trip, and wanted to share their favorite memories and how their experiences impacted their lives.
Religion has always been a part of my life. Growing up, I attended mosque every week and there I created memories and learned lessons that are woven into my identity. The teachings of Islam have helped me understand what it means to be respectful, empathetic, generous, and peaceful.
I have grown up practicing the Christian faith my whole life. My parents attended Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) before I was born and I still call it my church home. From singing songs about Jesus’s love for me to coloring bible story pages at Sunday School I never doubted that this was where I belonged. These were people that loved me and helped shape my faith.Throughout elementary school and even middle school I attended church on Sunday, listened to my parents’ rules (which didn’t see
If asked to name a Jewish holiday, the average American would probably think of Hanukkah first, perhaps tentatively followed by Yom Kippur. As a Jew, this phenomenon always struck me as odd; as Jewish holidays go, Hanukkah is among the least significant and the least spiritual.
"That’s when I realized I needed to figure out where my sexuality fit into my religion. It reminded me of one of the first things I asked myself: Where does my sexuality stand in regards to religion? Does this mean I can still be religious if I’m gay?"
The United States is technically a secular nation. The founding fathers of the U.S. sought to separate church and state because they came from England, a theocracy. Yet religious influence, specifically Christianity, plays a large role in U.S. government.