These are many of my lasts... Today I took my last final. I turned in my last final paper. Friday I had my last class of undergradness. Tonight is my last night on duty (thankfully). And last night was my last all-nighter pulled to finish a paper that I had written half of earlier and forgotten to finish. Last night was rachel's last night staying with me in shupe. Last night was my last night to spend the evening in Notre Dame's library studying and looking for books. And hopefully the last time that Rachel and I literally collide while looking for books.
The upcoming rest of the week my be my lasts for a lot of things and might be my lasts in seeing a lot of people.
I realize that I haven't blogged in a while, and there is some informing that needs to happen.
Let me tell you about my SoulForce experience.
SoulForce is a LGBTQ group that travels around to various christian campuses that they believe to have policies that are oppressive or discriminatory towards LGBTQ people, they call it an "equality ride". Since Bethel is a college that is founded by the Missionary Church and follows the Missionary Church's doctrine, it disagrees with the lifestyles of LGBTQ persons. I was a host for one of the "riders" which means that I spent the day at Bethel with Mia. I went to chapel with her and the group and then we went to lunch together and then we had an open forum time/group discussion. One of the points in the discussion was over a section in our student handbook that outlines Bethel's general rules of conduct in which it states "All students must abstain from... (listing several things)... sexual promiscuity (including adultery, homosexuality and fornication)..." Our administration has already agreed to change the wording of that statement to read "homosexual behavior" instead of "homosexuality". Bethel is a college that commits to strive for purity, which is their reasoning for that clause being in the handbook and on other various documents at the college. There were a lot of other things about the day that I could put in here, but I will spare you. If you would like to know, then you may contact me. All in all, I think I went away from the day positively. It affirmed my beliefs, and I can honestly say that I am proud to attend this school. Our goal is to love and live a life that is worthy of following Christ.
It also made me aware of the disconnect between the two groups. What I mean by that, is that the main way in which I identify myself is many things: Christian, daughter, sister, aunt, student, etc. For the "riders" many of them had their identities very focused on their sexual orientation and on their gender identity (or lack thereof).
Anyway. This post is already way too long. And I'm exhausted from the all-nighter and distracted by Courtney sitting right next to me watching clips from The Middle.
Catch ya later.