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November 2016 Entries

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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