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Virtually Everything About Compass 2020

Góðan daginn and welcome to Compass (Virtual) 2020! 

We’ll just say it: Compass this year definitely looks different than ever before. But we’re so glad that you still want to be a part of it. Below are the details as well as a schedule for all the virtual events we’ll be hosting for accepted 2020 Compass students.

All scheduled times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. We did our best to select times convenient for multiple time zones. Please contact Bryn if any of these times are consistently unfeasible for you. 

This is our first-ever attempt to offer virtual events. Your gracious feedback and input are appreciated as we seek to provide opportunities for all students to experience a small portion of the Compass Program this summer. Please contact Bryn directly with questions, comments, or concerns. 

All information is included below, or you can click a link to jump directly to that question.

What’s happening each day?

What are some “special events”?

What’s required to participate? 

What’s the greatest sports team in existence?

Is there a cost?

Is any of this being recorded?

What’s the greatest internet meme ever created?

Do I have to do everything or can I just participate in a few events?

What’s the greatest of Taylor Swift's albums?

This seems like a lot to keep track of…

What’s Bryn’s favorite Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream flavor and how can I send him some? 

Compass 2020 Virtual Schedule

Cool, anything else?


What’s happening each day?

There are a handful of special events throughout the month, but a few things are happening each day. 

There are two core components of the Compass program that we’ve attempted to maintain throughout the month: Compass Time and Table Talk.

Compass Time is self-monitored devotional time (or “quiet time”) and should consist of approximately an hour each day. We say “self-monitored” but that doesn’t mean you have to figure it out yourself. Rather, these times are guided by the materials each of you received in your journals. More information regarding what to do during Compass time is included in the first pages of the journals and more guidance will also be provided during orientation.

Table Talk is a key aspect of the Compass program and consists of a daily debrief prayer and community time. These meetings will be held on Zoom each weekday through the month. 

Heima Talk: Twice a week, table talk will be done "heima." Heima is an Icelandic word that means “at home.” On these days, instead of debriefing on Zoom with your Compass cohort, we’ll provide discussion questions and tips to help you facilitate communal reflection and worship for those in your own household. The goal is to encourage you to use this month not only to invest in fellow Compassites but to grow deeper in your home communities as well.

We will also have a WhatsApp set up with all participants to join so you can stay in touch throughout the month (and beyond). Download the WhatsApp (also available in an internet browser) and fill out the registration form to be added to the group.  

Also, be sure to follow Compass on Instagram @compasslavida. We’ll be posting daily photos and Bible verses there throughout the month. 

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What are some “special events”?

Orientation and Closing Ceremony: We will be meeting virtually on the opening and closing day of the program. We will also have a special parent session immediately following the student orientation for any parents who are interested in learning more about Compass 2021.

Challenges: There will be three “challenges” throughout the Compass Program. These challenges will be done individually but recorded virtually. After each challenge, we will have a set time to debrief as a group. More information on the challenges will come later. 

Zoomout: Join us once a week for an informal hang-out. There are four Zoomouts during the month, each taking place on a Wednesday evening: Game Night, Trail Meal, Group Skit, and Enneagram and Eats. On the last Wednesday of the month, make sure you tune in for our alumni reunion to meet participants from previous cohorts.

Solo: Twice throughout the month you’ll have a chance to take a virtual day apart—a self-guided time for reflection, prayer, and intentional time with God. These days will be prefaced with special instructions and we’ll have a group debrief afterward. For maximum benefit, we recommend that you set aside as much time as possible on these days and find a quiet space that you can utilize for the day.  

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What’s the greatest sports team in existence? 

The Green Bay Packers. Duh. I'm glad I had this opportunity to inform you. 

I disagree. Get me outta here.


What’s required to participate? 

To participate, you must register by June 20th. You can register at this link. 

You do need a Zoom account to participate in our virtual sessions. But don't pay for it! The free version will work fine. 

Also, each of you will be receiving a care package. Included in this package are a couple of items you need to be sure to keep, most importantly your journal. Because of office closures, we cannot print or send new journals at this time. If you lose it, we can only provide a digital copy as a replacement!

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Is there a cost?

Nope! If you were accepted to Compass 2020 then you are invited to participate in all these events free of charge. All you have to do is fill out the registration form. ➔

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Is any of this being recorded?

Because most of the events will include group involvement, the only events that we plan to record are the Parent Information Session on opening day and The Looking Ahead Compass Preview. These will be sent out to the group via Zoom. 

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What’s the greatest internet meme ever created?

... you're welcome

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Do I have to do everything or can I just participate in a few events?

No, you are welcome to do things like the journals and challenges on your own. You are also free to tune into any of the group sessions (Theology Discussions, Iceland Prep, Solos, Opening/Closing Day). But if you choose to participate in the Virtual Table Talks we ask that you commit to being present in a minimum of 2 per week (there are 3 each week). This is because these meetings rely heavily on the development of a close-knit community which cannot be done with spotty attendance. 

We want to reiterate: involvement in the 2020 virtual events is not required.

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This seems like a lot to keep track of…

That’s why you’ll be getting daily emails with instructions and reminders for the day! 

...if you fill out the registration form!

Your daily emails will include:

  • Any additional instructions for that day’s Compass time
  • A link to a daily common prayer
  • A daily worship song
  • Reminder any daily scheduled events and Zoom links for meetings
  • Additional content based on the week:

Whoa? What’s the additional content? 

Here's what else we'll be sending you:

Wilderness week:

  • Wilderness-ready workouts
  • Featured adventure/outdoor podcast episode selected as a favorite by one of our staff

Theology week:

  • Further readings for each theology topic Biblical outlines and reading guides from The Bible Project

Iceland:

  • Recipes for you to make for your family (“uh…I’m doing what?” Yeah, yeah…more on this to come…)
  • Beginner Icelandic lessons
  • Video selections that highlight Iceland’s beauty and culture

But, again, please fill out the registration form to be added to these emails (next time I'll be saying this in all caps).

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What’s Bryn’s favorite Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream flavor and how can I send him some? 

You’re too kind. I like all the flavors, except any with Pecans (bleh). Hand-delivery is best, but because of COVID-19, I guess that means you’ll just have to give it to me next year :( 

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What’s the greatest of Taylor Swift's albums?

Wow. Good question but not an easy one. 

It’s terribly hard to overcome the nostalgic beauty of her self-titled debut. Fearless has the same charm; “You Belong with Me” and “Love Story” will forever be classics. Speak Now and Red were memorable but represented more of a growth stage and key moments in the evolution of Taylor’s career than timeless accomplishments.

1989 was a feat of artistic definition and excellence. Very much a coming-of-age album, 1989 captured the essence of generation lingering on the cusp of adulthood. Not only did it complete Taylor’s metamorphosis from a country artist to cultural icon, but it gave us hits like “Shake It Off”, “Style” and “Blank Space.”

Reputation was declarative and bold but lacked in the creative prowess of her previous endeavors. “Look What You Made Me Do” made a statement, but it wasn’t a classic, ya know?

Given Reputation’s, well, reputation, Taylor’s debut singles from Lover were particularly fascinating beca— 

…sorry, what was that? 

Oh. 

…you don’t care anymore?

Hmph. Well then. Whatev. Let's move on. 

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Great! So…where’s the schedule? 

Check out the schedule ➔

Download a PDF of the 2020 Compass Virtual Schedule.


Cool, anything else?

Yep. IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE PLEASE FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM ➔

Sorry (not sorry) for yelling.