UU youth report on Arizona trip

On Sunday, April 28, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service topic will be “Making a UU Community Wherever You Are,” presented by Mitch Pingel, the coordinator of this unique program.

We will be joined by a group of UU ninth graders from the Colorado Front Range, who will share the joy, sorrow, learning and creation of their community, as they return from 10 days in the heart of the Hopi and Navajo homelands.

Since 1968, this annual trip has been focused on the Hopi and Navajo tribes in northern Arizona.  In preparation for this adventure, the students (trippers) attend classes and retreats, learning about the history, culture, and religion of each group.  They have developed pen pal relationships with students in both cultures, and on the trip they get to meet their correspondents.

Mitch Pingel points out that, “We visit many National Monuments and museums while on the road, and share many beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and panoramic vistas. The trippers, from as many as eleven different UU churches, form one larger community, developing friendships that will last for decades. We are happy to have the opportunity to share this community with you.”

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, and child care will be provided.  The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza.  Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.

This story was posted on April 25, 2013.