In the first part of our day we went near the Capitol and met with Nora Leccese, a political advocate for the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness. With her, we learned a little what she does with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and how faith and politics interact within the government. We also discussed how we can learn to use our personal strengths to be advocates in our own communities.
Afterwards, the group walked to the Capitol building to meet Washington State Representatives Cathy McMorris-Rogers and Denny Heck. We had a series of questions to ask that were thought of by the students which dealt with global warming, poverty, health care, and education. Cathy had a meeting with the Vice President right before she was scheduled to meet with us, so her head of staff Ian Fields responded to most of our questions and Cathy was able to respond to one question. We took a photo with Cathy and then we were given a special tour of the Capitol building courtesy of her interns.
Once our tour was finished, we met with Denny Heck for a few minutes and asked him two questions before he had to go to the house floor to vote. We ate lunch and headed over to the Air and Space Museum, where we were given an exclusive and highly informational tour by our very own Joe Bruce.
The final item on our agenda was a stop at Ben’s Chili Bowl, a locally renowned restaurant. Because of the Chili Bowl’s noteworthy secret chili recipe, it has attracted many famous customers over the years, including Barack Obama. Upon returning to the Pilgrimage we all rested our tired feet and had our nightly routine of journaling, prayer partners, worship, and family groups to reflect on the day. It was a very memorable day.
- Gracie and Hailey