Dedication of the Charles Hill Pavilion at Camp Adams and a Fond Farewell to Charlie

by Natalie Becker

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 On March 21st, over 70 individuals gathered at Camp Adams to dedicate and name the new pavilion in honor of Charlie Hill and to bid farewell to Charlie after more than 25 years of service to camp. During this beautiful breezy but sunny spring afternoon, we as a faith community gathered to remember and honor a very important piece of the history of Camp Adams.
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Charlie’s family and friends joined the staff of the Central Pacific Conference, campers and camp volunteers to dedicate the pavilion in honor of Charlie and in memory of his father the Rev. Charles Hill. Our Conference Minister, Walter John Boris, led us in a litany of dedication and many others followed him at the microphone to share memories and stories.
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 “Out of wood and (steel and concrete), out of dream and sacrifice, the people build a home. Out of the work of their hands and hearts and minds, the people fashion a symbol and a reality.”
Eileen Karpeles wrote her poem to dedicate a meeting house – a place of worship. But her words are just as appropriate for this place, Camp Adams. A place of meeting – a place of worship. For more than 25 years, Charles Hill has been part of Camp Adams. It has been his ministry. Building. Repairing. Maintaining. Preparing. Making do with scarce resources. Offering a warm welcome, a hug, a smile, and a story. There are lots of stories in 25 years of life and ministry. Charlie’s love and dedication to Camp Adams finds its roots in the ministry of his father, also carrying the name of Charles. Charlie grew up as a preacher’s kid in the tradition of the United Church of Christ.
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And now, we gather under this roof to say “thank you” to Charles and his father for their years of faithful ministry. And we welcome this new space for all the groups that come to Camp Adams. There will be many memories that will be shaped by this space, where we now gather. We dedicate this sacred place the Charles Hill Pavilion. Charlie will be missed, but we hope he will follow through on his promise to return as a camper. (Rev. Dr. Walter John Boris, intro to A Litany of Dedication for the Charles Hill Pavilion.)
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A Litany of Dedication for the Charles Hill Pavilion

Walter John Boris * Camp Adams, Molalla, OR * March 21, 2015

 We dedicate this sacred place the Charles Hill Pavilion.This will be a place of nature – learning about plants and animals, our interconnectedness, environmental justice, and our responsibilities as stewards of creation. Together we proclaim:We dedicate this sacred gathering space.This will be a place of art – artistic expression as we explore what it means to be created in the image of a continually creating God. Together we proclaim:

We dedicate this sacred gathering space.

This will be a place of dance – spinning, turning, prancing as we feel the Spirit in our bodies. Together we proclaim:

We dedicate this sacred gathering space.

This will be a place of games – shouts of excitement, and bursts of laughter as we challenge ourselves, and each other. Together we proclaim:

We dedicate this sacred gathering space.

This will be a place of music – guitar and violin, flute and drum, and unaccompanied voice, as we worship the sacredness of life. Together we proclaim:

We dedicate this sacred gathering space.

This will be a place of food – the feast of the saints will be served here, again and again. Pot-lucks and cook-outs. Favorite foods. Ethnic foods. Comfort foods. And as we sup together, we will be in sacred communion. Together we proclaim:

We dedicate this sacred gathering space.

This will be a place of prayer – as we offer the extravagant and inclusive love of Jesus Christ to all who gather in this place, the air will be filled with prayers. Pentecostal. Sufi. Roman Catholic. Quaker. Muslim, Christian, Jew, and many more. Prayers of hope. Prayers of love. Prayers for peace and harmony. Together we proclaim:

We dedicate this sacred gathering space.

This is a place of nature, art, dance, games, music, food, and prayer. We dedicate this sacred gathering space the Charles Hill Pavilion.

Let it always be so…

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