Category Covid-19 Pandemic

When College is Contagious

“My roommate’s significant other tested positive for COVID. What do I do?”  That’s the first student text I received one morning. It was not the only one like it in the last few weeks. By that afternoon, I’d directed three students to get tested and self isolate until they knew the results. I met students […]

On being white moderates

In a conversation with Southern white pastors, one said, “I want peace and don’t understand why people can’t keep everything calm like MLK, Jr. suggested.” I responded, “He wrote about the problem of “white moderates,” those who “prefer a negative peace which is the absence of tension, to a positive peace which is the presence […]

Wilderness Improv

The Qwest West 2020 staff was originally planning to meet at Edisto this week to choreograph our May wilderness canyons trip for beloved college students. However, out of adoration for healthcare workers & each other, we are home working on our improv in this current wilderness instead. This photo is from December 2018, when that […]

Pandemic Prayer for College Students

God of acceptance letters, scholarships, and internships, we ask you to comfort: those whose “best years of their lives” were uprooted. those who dread going home. those who are savoring every minute of extra time with family. those whose family members are quarantined elsewhere because they are likely exposed. those who frantically packed up door […]

What Do You Treasure?

The last time I saw many of my college students in person was Ash Wednesday. During the day, the Episcopal Campus Minister, Lutheran Campus Minister, and I hosted Ashes to Go at the Free Expression Tunnel on campus. Some were thrilled to see us; others murmured that we shouldn’t be there. One refused to take […]