Serve Well Blog

1.25.17

Meet Mitchell Dorn- Krista Colleague

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Urban America, Women's Empowerment, Post-Service Term Reflections

 

 

What is a Krista Colleage? Meet one of our Krista Colleagues, Mitchell Dorn, who is exploring service-shaped implications in his life and vocation in Tacoma. Mitchell recognizes the necessity of being present within his community and emphasizes the Krista Foundation value of staying for tea (emphasizing relationship bulding).From Uber driver to events manager, into the non-profit world and out again-Mitchell Dorn's service journey has taken some interesting turns.

Participating in the life and ministry of Urban Grace Church through AmeriCorps, he plunged into the rich diversity of downtown Tacoma-and gradually realized that his strengths might lie in the for-profit world. Now he is growing a new business as Events Manager for the recently renovated Courthouse Square.

"I love my job and what I do, and I believe I am part of a bigger project that is making a difference downtown," he said. "Using my talents to their fullest capacity, having ideas, taking risks, watching them take off, and employing others is rewarding."

During the 2016 Krista Foundation Debriefing and Discernment Retreat, offered to Krista Colleagues after their service-year, Mitchell reflected with other Colleagues from different cultures and callings on how his new role impacts the community. One of the questions he explored concerned gentrification. What should he do as a white man living in a predominately African-American neighborhood where rents are rising and many people are displaced as downtown Tacoma revives? He is taking to heart their response: don't infiltrate the community. Be a part of it.

"Being part of a diverse group talking about serious issues, not afraid to step on each other's toes" is a gift of the gathered Krista Colleague community. "Understanding diversity and my world view are things I think about daily now, more than I ever did in AmeriCorps," he says. "I want to be a positive impact on my city."

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1.11.17

Meet Daniela Perez- Krista Colleague

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Environmental Projects

 

 

 What is a Krista Colleague?  Meet one of our Krista Colleagues, Daniela Perez, who is uniting her love for healthy food with empowerment that comes from making healthy decisions. Daniela embodies what it means to be a Krista Colleague, committing to a life of service leadership through environmental stewardship and impacting her local community.

Growing up in Tijuana, Daniela could see many women who lacked opportunities. A class on the food system at the University of San Diego opened a way to unite her love for inventing dishes to feed others with her long-time commitment to empowering women. She served for a year as a Garden Educator for the Learning Gardens Laboratory in Portland, where she taught 6th graders science and sustainability in the garden-And she is now enrolled in Portland State's Leadership for Sustainability Education program and helping low-income Portland residents grow their own food.

Every Krista Colleague receives a $1000 Service Leadership Grant to be used toward furthering their leadership capacity and service training. Daniela used her Service Leadership Grant to attend Oregon State University's urban farming apprenticeship program is the next Yes she is working towards. "I want to help people grow food, get access to healthy food, and feel the empowerment that comes from making healthy decisions," she says. "My dream is to go back to Tijuana and start doing this work there."

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12.18.16

Advent: Week 4
Sharing Traditions in West Kalimantan by Calista Yates

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press

Gatherings, feasting, merriment fill the weeks of Advent anticipation. Calista X shares the distinctive ways she has celebrated with friends in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Consider how you can extend the good will of this season into the new year, especially with people who share different traditions, values and beliefs.

"I live in the world's most populated Muslim country, I am in an area that is primarily animistic with large pockets of Protestant and Catholic Christians as well as Muslims and Buddhists. Christmas in America means gathering with your family. Christmas in our part of Indonesia means gathering with friends and neighbors. It is all about community. With many, many Christmas services starting in late November and running through early January there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Christmas with your community.

Christmas EveOn Christmas Eve we gather for a long service at the church that starts with traditional music, lightening our candles, and hearing a sermon. About two hours into it, things switch to a more upbeat tempo with musical performances and dramas until late in the night. After that a large group of us heads to the hospital where we visit, sing and pray with each patient and their family who is still in the hospital over Christmas. We also give them a gift. Then we welcome Christmas with a meal at one of our senior doctor's houses.

 

On Christmas morning, after church ends around 11 am, we start visiting. Visiting our many friends and neighbors lasts for at least a week. We go to each of neighbor's or friend's house to share greetings. They serve cookies, snacks, and drinks and if you are a close friend or someone important you will get a rice meal with vegetables and meat, usually a pig that they have butchered the day before. For some the visit doesn't last long because we see each other regularly but for others this is the one time of the year we may see them, so it is always good to catch-up on their news and hear their stories from the past year like who got married or who had a baby etc.

One of the things that stands out to me about this time of community though, is that Muslim and Buddhist people come to visit their Christian friends during this time. They take the time to honor that friendship during their special days. There is a separate table for halal (prepared according to Muslim guidelines) food though so no worries about the Muslims eating pork :) This practice is then reversed during Idul Fitri when Christians visit their Muslim friends and neighbors and the same with Chinese New Year. During each of these holidays, there is a chance to ask for and receive forgiveness for any wrongs done. Then you eat together.

I wish I had a picture of this happening but I don't as we are all busy talking when we get together. I will attach a few pictures though of Christmas here. Small versions as otherwise our internet won't be up to being able to send it :)

Calista
West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Christmas eve at the Hospital


Calista Yates, '04 Colleague, served as a Medical Nurse and Trainer in West Kalimanthan, Indonesia. In 2013, she returned to West Kalimantan, serving as a nurse midwife and mentor with WorldVenture.   

 

12.10.16

Advent: Week 3
Seeking Beauty in a Challenging Environment by Peter Bittner

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press

 

Peter Bittner Advent 2016

 

"Preparing for the Christmas season during my Fulbright year in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia meant seeking beauty in a challenging environment, with horrific air pollution worsening every day." Peter Bittner

The season of Advent invites us to ponder the meaning and practice of global citizenship. Advent calls us to more deeply live out the connections between our lives and the impact on our neighbors locally and around the world. The prayer flags pictured in the first Advent reflection manifested that connection, sending intentions of peace, justice, hope everywhere the winds blow.

This week, the image of sunrise over Ulaanbaatar shows the reality of one vital and often overlooked aspect of our connection with Mongolia. Whatever the distinctions of our daily patterns and situations, as living creatures we share the breath of life. In the frigid winter, lifegiving winds do not blow through the valleys of Ulaanbaatar. Smoky stench and poisonous pollution collect in the cold air. Human produced particulate air pollution chokes the life of residents, especially the most vulnerable, infants, children and elders. Particulate rates leap seven to 20 percent higher than World Health Organization guidelines. The rates of infant mortality and pregnancy loss skyrocket.

As we anticipate God coming into the world wrapped in vulnerable infant flesh, we acknowledge the mothers, infants, children and elders who are threatened by human-made environmental crises across our planet, from Mongolia to Michigan.

With every breath our prayers fly to surround them. Our concern, awareness, commitment and accompaniment breathe fresh energy into the communities where we live and distant communities as inexorably connected to us as the air that sustains us. Together with all of creation we groan with eager longing and endure the birth pangs of all that will come alive within and among us. We are enlarged in the faithful waiting, enduring the struggle in joyful expectation (Romans 8:19-23).

This writing was inspired by Peter's recent piece on the air quality public health crisis which made the cover of The Diplomat here.

 


 

Peter Bittner, '13 Colleague, is a current student at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where he reports on global development, environment, and health. Peter is passionate to not only help share countries' unique developmental stories but to contribute to their success via collaborations with local leaders. Peter has traveled in Mongolia extensively and documented his experiences through a successful Kickstarter project exploring Mongolia's widening rural-urban divide via photography and narrative writing.

 

11.30.16

Advent: Week 2
The God Who Comes Over for Dinner. by Annie Mesaros

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press

 

Peter Bittner Advent 2016

 

As I read scripture, I'm struck by the persistent theme of God's people continually asking God to be near them and awed by the ways God chooses to respond. Finally, God-ever mysterious-shows up in a backwater town, occupied by a violent empire, as a baby.


For this, the third year of my seminary program, I'm interning at Thank God for Sex, an organization committed to a community approach to healing religious sexual shame. One of the nasty myths we're combating is the notion that flesh is evil and we need to practice hypervigilance in a never-ending battle against our bodies' natural impulses-our sexuality.


But Jesus didn't hate bodies. First of all, God makes humans embodied and called the entirety of the created order very good. Secondly, God generally operates in a kind of body-optional existence, and in Jesus, God opts in.


The last supper image pictured here is a mural behind the pulpit of the church I attended in Papua, Indonesia, during my service year with the Mennonite Central Committee. It's not a picture of Jerusalem-it's Jesus in Papuans own home, the lowland forest of Papua, nestled into the foot of the mountains. It includes all kinds of Papuan residents-different tribes from the island, but also colonists and occupiers. There are women, men, and gender-ambiguous folks. And you're there too, in the seat that's been left empty.


Immanuel is with us, eats with us, and even feeds us with his own body. This-in his culture that is almost as purity-obsessed as our modern Christianity can be. He heals with touch even though a distant thought or word would suffice-even though it will discredit him in the eyes of purists. He makes a point to feed people and wash their bodies. He invites touch from a woman who steps outside her social boundaries to bathe his body in oil and tears and dry him with her hair.


I suppose I could Google why our elections take place in November, but instead I prefer to imagine it's a divine intervention that serves to elevate our awareness of our need for God to BE HERE NOW PLEASE BECAUSE I CANNOT EVEN WITH THIS GARBAGE. It's a reminder for Advent that will last us all year long.


Bodies are collateral damage in the vitriol of U.S. politics. Not unlike Jesus' culture that was concerned with who's in and who's out, we are either actively in the process of legislating or threatening to legislate the dehumanization of our bodies and others. Rights to health care, marriage, citizenship and residency, faith, and reproductivity make effective weapons because they're so intimately critical to our personhoods and our humanity.


We believe in a God who made Godself vulnerable to hunger, exhaustion, and death just to be near us in a world rife with uncertainty and violence. A God who actively chose to get dressed in human flesh in order to walk up to us, treed in a crowd, to say, "Come down from that tree-I'm coming to your house for dinner."


Come, Immanuel, and show us your way. Maybe after we eat?

 

 


Annie Mesaros, '09 Colleague, is a theologian and writer in Seattle, working on her MDiv at The Seattle School. You can read more of her musings at anniemesaros.com or by following her dog on Instagram @twmesaros.

 

11.23.16

Advent: Week 1
photos by Ross Feehan

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press

In this season of transition, when our nation more directly than ever faces into the future with uncertainty and trepidation, we journey together through Advent. The Christian church calendar designates the four weeks before Christmas as Advent, a season of hope and of longing. Not simply anticipation of Christmas with its lights and gift exchanges and cheery music, Advent is also an opportunity for the community to look honestly at life from the view of God's desire for creation. These weeks we cry out for the afflictions in our world, yearn for the power of God to set us free, and reach out and deepen hope by confronting evil and fostering change.

Ross Feehan Advent 1For several years the Krista Foundation Christmas card has featured art from different places in the world - a mural in Central America, South African figures, images from varied U.S. artists, including Krista Colleagues. This year we invited Krista Colleagues to submit images and stories particularly from Asia a region not yet highlighted on our Christmas card. Through these weeks of Advent we'll share some of their submissions, to inspire our longing and hope. The global lens expands our perspective and helps us recognize the extent of God's family and the vast reach of God's love.

This first week of Advent we ponder images contributed by 2013 Krista Colleague Ross Feehan who spent time with Jesuits in India. Prayer flags are a Buddhist tradition especially in Tibet and Nepal. The flags bear prayers and writings of peace, compassion, and wisdom for all. The wind is thought to spread their good will to every place and people. Let us keep every people and place in our prayers for healing, peace, mercy, justice and joy.

P.S. yes, that is Mt Everest in the background.


 

 

 

11.3.16

We're Hiring!

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

POSITION:  Development Director

APPLICATION PROCESS: Send resume and cover letter, preferably as one document in Word or as PDF to 4service@kristafoundation.org

DEADLINE:  December 5th, midnight PST.  Applications will be reviewed and candidates interviewed on rolling basis until position is filled.

LOCATION:  Seattle, WA

 

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship is a Christian ecumenical organization that serves young adults in their 20's who have chosen to do a year or more of local or global service.  As a leadership development and peer mentoring community, rather than a volunteer placement agency, our focus is the spiritual and leadership formation of young adults before, during and for several years after their initial service term. Through our colleague community, mentoring, intercultural and adaptive leadership training, transition and debriefing services, young adults unpack and leverage service experiences into a lifelong ethic of service, civic engagement, and global understanding. Our Service Journey framework helps them master a set of service best practices that result in more effective, ethical service in the short run-and a 21st century global citizen skillset that equips them for long-term impact in the workplace, community and world.

Over the last several years our signature Krista Colleague Cohort program has become an industry-leading benchmark for developing leaders through volunteerism. We've had the privilege of partnering with over a dozen volunteer placement organizations and service immersion programs (nonprofits, seminary and university) within the region and across the country.  We've provided consulting and training for dedicated staff teams and their young adult volunteers including: volunteer orientation and debriefing, service ethics, intercultural capacity building, racial equity and organizational development. The bottom line is that we are committed to equipping many more young leaders who are resilient, interculturally competent, and savvy about bridging differences in a world divided by race, gender, religion, economics, and politics.  As these partnerships expand our impact, they also challenge us to build our organizational capacity.  The Development Director will play a key role in meeting this challenge.

 

OVERVIEW OF POSITION:

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship is at an exciting growth juncture and is looking for its first full-time Development Director to build a solid financial base for our multi-year mission expansion plan. In conjunction with the Executive Director, staff, young adult leadership team, and board, this position will implement a strategy for increasing our budget from 300 to 500k by 2019. As a 501C3 Educational nonprofit we receive over 90% of our income from individuals, grants, and partner revenue. 

The Development Director will play an integral role in the success of the Foundation's mission, working collaboratively with a small office staff team, board, and larger volunteer and program participant base to move forward the programs of a dynamic and relationally focused organization. As part of our team, the Development Director will drive the collaborative process of designing and implementing a comprehensive and strategic fund development program including generating, stewarding, and engaging a diverse donor and partner base; nurturing major and planned gift donors; spearheading grant support; and expanding external communications and public awareness campaigns, special events management and corporate giving.

In addition to proactively expanding upon our current campaign efforts, this professional will increase connection points between the Foundation's mission and public presence as we expand our role as thought leader and partner in equipping the next generation of leaders through volunteerism.  Major responsibilities include:

Fundraising

  • In collaboration with Executive Director and leadership team, drive the process of designing and implementing a diversified fund development strategy, budget, and complementing communications, fundraising activities, grants, appeals, events, and public awareness campaigns 
  • Manage the development team (board, staff and volunteers) to plan and coordinate these activities
  • Identify and build relationships with prospective donors including individuals, corporations and foundations, and develop avenues for donor engagement and ownership
  • Develop and maintain, with Executive Director, prospect and donor portfolios and produce reports and campaign updates
  • Equip development team with tools and structure to support public awareness, donor cultivation, and fundraising efforts
  • Research and apply for grants and, once secured, track grant requirements and ensure compliance

Communications and Public Awareness

  • Assist in developing and implementing overall strategy for the Foundation's public awareness and presence, especially within the donor prospect and volunteer service community.
  • Develop content and leverage multiple communication mediums used to complement relationship and development efforts
  • Work closely with contract writer and communication team to produce compelling and effective communication campaigns

Administration and Donor Gift Management

  • Work with Communication & Administrative Coordinator and finance personnel to ensure highest integrity and care for donor database and provide timely gift acknowledgments
  • Monitor and collect outstanding pledges, recurring and matching gifts

Requirements

  •  Ideal candidate has a minimum three-five years experience in nonprofit fundraising and/or associated public awareness and development communications
  • Clear track record of success in cultivating and soliciting donor support such as annual fund, major donor, planned giving, events, and grants
  • Proven background in project management and experience planning, managing and executing integrated communication and development campaigns
  • Demonstrated skill in relationship building, volunteer mobilization and network expansion
  • Excellent communicator -- solid writer and able to share organization vision effectively
  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, data analysis and experience with donor database software (Salesforce preferred)

Ideal Qualities

  • Passionate about the transformative possibilities of service experiences and savvy about generating and stewarding a diverse donor and partner base
  • Comfortably rooted in your own faith and able to work with and express a Christian faith-based perspective.
  • Aware of your own culture(s) and able to work and communicate effectively amid a variety of ideological, theological, and cultural perspectives.
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends
  • Demonstrated interest in young adult service volunteerism, former service volunteer and/or driven by an interest in the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship's mission personally and/or professionally
  • Highly professional demeanor; able to represent the Krista Foundation effectively in all communication and handle confidential donor and partner information
  • A positive can-do spirit that is adaptable and responsive to creatively supporting a  growth and change process for a relationally rooted organization
  • A sense of humor and fun, vital
  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree

What we can offer:

This is a full-time exempt position, $55-65k annually DOE plus benefits, 3% employer matching. Flexible schedule, two weeks paid vacation plus 11.5 paid holidays. We are a small and dynamic organization whose staff, board, and program participants are deeply committed to creating and embodying a diverse and inclusive organization. Together we bring the strengths of our differences to adapt structures and systems to maximize the flourishing of individuals and communities near and far.  You will be challenged and affirmed, stretched and appreciated by our team and the young leaders we work with. From our office in Green Lake we engage the world through our principled and adventuresome Colleagues, who live, work and serve in the Northwest and around the globe.

A 501C3 Educational nonprofit, the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship is an ecumenical Christian organization intentionally bridging ideological divides. We were founded in memory of Krista Hunt Ausland who died in 1998 while doing long-term volunteer work in Bolivia. The organization fosters and celebrates her spirit of active love and faith in a new generation of leaders.

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10.28.16

Art in Service

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Preparing To Serve, Sustaining Service, Arts & Culture

For our ENews this month, we are trying something new - in an effort to celebrate the gifts of Krista Foundation community members who are visual: an art e-news. We hope you will find inspiration from the Colleagues who submitted their art work in response to the question: 

How has art played a role in service? How has it inspired you? 

Some Colleagues submitted reflections with their art, which we are sharing with you here. 

For larger images, see slideshow at the bottom of this post. 

 

Spencer Uemura, 2016 Krista Colleague

Photography has helped me grow a gentle observance as I go through my service among people that are very different than me in many ways, but also similar in others. By taking pictures of moments, I captured memories for myself that I can revisit fondly now that I've left the expanse of the Great Plains of Montana and the misty reaches of the North Cascades on Washington. My photos allow me to show others and bring them into the story, to invite them into my personal journey and development. And sometimes, in the words of a fictitious and elusive photographer in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, "If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don't like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it." In an odd way, as I've learned about photography I've also discovered when it's important to see a view beyond the lens and simply be

 

Theresa Cutter, 2012 Krista Colleague

 

"Bread of Life"

Attached is a collage I created two years ago on a retreat while in service themed, "bread of life." Creating the collage allowed me to slow down and reflect on the meaning of giving life to the world, which in turn I took to mean serving with joy, planting love. It depicts a woman of color as the presence of God, as opposed to the traditional white, male, breathing "ruach" (Hebrew for spirit/breath) into "la pan de vida" (Spanish for "the bread of life").

 

Doug Orofino, 2012 Krista Colleague

I used my grant to purchase recording equipment in order to create a CD of the Mass songs sung by the children of the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) Honduras home. Listen to one of our songs here!

 

Anthony DeLorenzo, 2008 Krista Colleague

Carnival Parade in Surakarta on the Island of Java (Indonesia)

 

Joe Tobiason, 2009 Krista Colleague

Summer sunrise
Artist Point at Mt Baker, WA
August 2016

To see more of Joe's photography, visit here: https://jtobiason.com/

 

Allie May Jones, 2008 Krista Colleague


"My motivation and inspiration for creating art has always been to do it for other people, which to me is the heart of service. I see a problem, and I see a solution I can offer in the form of a drawing, or a design. Whether I'm helping a new business owner create a logo, or designing an annual report for a non-profit without a huge budget. I feel blessed to be equipped with this skill to turnaround and help others with it in a very practical way. In addition to graphic design, the other thing I love to do with art is make people smile (which is also at the heart of service!). This logo is an example of a quick illustration style I do for people, usually on cards or in letters. I use the sketches to put people in fun or clever situations (this is also fun to do using Photoshop of course, lol...)."

 

To see more of Allie's work, visit here: http://allimaydesign.com/

 

 

 

 

9.13.16

We are thankful for our sponsors!

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

The Krista Foundation would like to extend gratitude to the amazing sponsors of our October 18th Spokane Breakfast Fundraiser. Without the generosity, support, and commitment to young adults practicing a life of service leadership this event would not be possible! 

breakfast sponsor
      

8.12.16

A Decade Later: Skills for the Classroom

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Urban America, Education, Intercultural Development, Education, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life

Lisa Villano 2016Sharing life alongside people with and without developmental disabilities at L'Arche Tahoma Hope Home in Tacoma inspired Lisa Villano '06 to embrace a career in special education.

"It can be easy to under-recognize the significance of cultural differences in the classroom," she shared at the recent Krista Foundation conference. To better understand and support her Native Alaskan students in Fairbanks, Alaska- and to avoid misinterpreting their behaviors- Lisa works hard to understand her own culture and perspective.

"For example, I instinctively expect a student to make eye contact. To me, it shows respect. But in many Native Alaskan cultures, to show respect a child should look away. If I don't know my own cultural tendencies and am not open to other perspectives, I disempower my student." By supporting her students' strengths and needs and equipping them with tools they need to navigate the world, she hopes her students will get the high quality of life that they- and all kids- deserve.