The King’s Daughters and Sons (KDS) is an interdenominational Christian service organization with the International Headquarters located in Chautauqua, New York. It is comprised of approximately 4000 members, about 250 or so of whom are under the age of 18.
The significant encounter that I am going to describe occurred during a volunteer experience in graduate school. It was actually with a sports camp for children with Cerebral Palsy that I became involved with in St. Louis.
We were separated to mentor individual kids and I was partnered with a girl in middle school.
In the words of our participants, our Clergy Renewal Week provided, “a serene, peaceful, congenial, worry-free setting with emotional, spiritual, intellectual, artistic stimulation available. All in the context of a small, intimate community.”
“It feels so good to laugh and enjoy.”
“Considering I had no idea about what to expect coming here, it has been an eye-opening experience. I have been introduced to the ideas that our world can look like CHQ and now to make it happen. I have been given a vision for service in many ways for when I leave here….”
“Chautauqua is a dream that you will not be able to explain when you wake up. You just need to experience it……”
“Either make the tree good , and its fruit good; or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit” (Matthew 12:33) and “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person brings good things out of good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure” (Luke 6:45)