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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! 

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8.1.16

Annual Spokane Fundraising Breakfast

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

Join us for a celebration of twenty-somethings whose service leadership is shaping our communities and the world. Hear their inspiring stories of "Facing into the Wind."
2016 Spokane Fundraising Breakfast

When:
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
7:30am-9:00am 

Where:
DoubleTree Hotel
322 W Spokane Falls Boulevard

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship
Equipping young adults with skills to transform service experiences into lives of service leadership. A service year, when nurtured, becomes a life of service leadership.

RSVP by October 7th to jessica@kristafoundation.org 
 

 

5.10.16

Where We are From

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Intercultural Development, Post-Service Term Reflections

"During our Debriefing in February, we were given George Ella Lyon's poem "Where I'm From" and asked to rewrite it from our own individual perspectives. What are the places, the people, the experiences that form your path? The result was over 12 poems that reflected our distinct experiences along our service journey.

We realized that the "Where I'm From" poems could become even more powerful if combined as our group's collective journey. "Where We're From" is an attempt to share our individual stories and to recognize the influence of our time together as a group. The stanzas are kept intact, but rearranged with each other's poems to create a single narrative. The poem contains individual poems by Jerrell Davis '14, Taylor Tibbs '15, and Richard Murray '15. We are working on expanding it to include all or most of our Debriefing group's poems.

Ultimately, we hope to create a small, physical book of poetry and invite all Krista Colleagues to share any poetic reflections they have written during their service journey. The feature poem would be the "Where We're From" poem." -Richard Murray ‘15

Where We're From

We are from roots deeper than
the leagues of oceans crossed
by ships carrying Kings and Queens
as means of production.

We are from 5am wake up calls,
scrambled eggs in silk skirts,
payless'd, yet more professional
shoes for grown up girls in public
schools hall ways.

We are from from royalty, humbly borne into
a nation who hated us
and taught us to hate ourselves
But, we are from Love.

We are from hour long conversations
with the copier, with our principal,
with our piece of heaven in the
basement of the beast.

We are from the land of separateness, abandoned.
We are from the Philippines and South Africa,
Or rather somewhere in between.

Consummated in the eyes of the Creator
who made you too;
so We are from Sankofa,
as we reach back to move forward.

We are from downtown, hilltop,
eastside, northend, sixth ave,
skyway, beacon hill, tukwila t-shirts.

We are from Tiya at Tiyo
speaking to Ouma en Oupa,
from first generation to first generation
And now a second
of silence, space, and time.

Estamos Magdalena; unas personas de maíz y la Luna,
y las playas extraviadas de nuestros sueños.

We are from yesterday he was alive,
today we are joyful, tomorrow we
are opportunistic. And little caesars
Pizza.

No necesitamos leer todas las estrellas,
solo vemos a la Luz de los cielos y recordamos,

We hide a connect-the-dots map
of our hearts in our pocket, we pretend
not to do much during the day.

We are from gang signs and privilege;
where Darkness shines
and where we honor the elders,
who remind us
that we are all from the same place,
with different accents.

We are from was, now, and will be.
We are from the grandmother singing,
Planting rice is no fun,
work from dawn
‘til the end of sun.

3.18.16

Ripples Grow at Moravian Theological Seminary Training

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Intercultural Development, Preparing To Serve


Moravian Theological Seminary Bethlehem, PAWhen the Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, decided to integrate service immersion into its M. Div. program, Dean and Vice President Dr. Frank Crouch called the Krista Foundation. The call launched a journey to shape a cross-departmental program that will be key to cultivating intercultural competency among seminary faculty, staff, and students.


In two days of training and one day of one-on-one coaching sessions using the Intercultural Development Inventory, Stacy and Valerie helped staff and faculty grow its intercultural capacity. "We now have a shared vocabulary for talking about intercultural dynamics and a skillset for working with a diverse population," says Dr. Crouch. "This changes our teaching and our policies, makes both more inclusive and welcoming of difference."


"Not everyone can cover such emotionally charged material and let people across a whole range of perspectives and experiences relax enough to learn about the material together and begin to address the realities in our own place," says Dr. Crouch. "We're glad to invite them back again and again!"

3.18.16

Lindie Burgess makes ripples at University of Portland

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Post-Service Term Reflections, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life

Lindie Burgess on a service trip with students in Deer Park in Spokane, WA. Moving from “small town Podunk Montana” to the University of Portland was “a big shock that blew my socks off” remembers Lindie Burgess ‘11. Setting aside her degree in mechanical engineering to open herself to the homeless community through a year of service at St. André Bessette Catholic Church in downtown Portland made her world even bigger. Today she draws on those experiences as program manager for the UP’s Moreau Center, guiding students through mind- and heart-blowing week to three week long service immersion experiences.

Recently a student summarized her 3-week Social Justice immersion in the South in two words: “It sucked.” Angered by all the injustice she witnessed as she learned about the civil rights movement and talked to contemporary leaders, the student felt burned out, overwhelmed, and alone. Her companions on this intense experience were scattering to summer or post-grad activities.

“Witnessing other folks’ experiences marks us, and she felt that she couldn’t handle any more suffering,” remembers Lindie. Drawing on her own experiences as a Krista Colleague with plenty of space, time, and fellow travelers to mull things over with, she suggested that the girl acknowledge the suffering with friends and others in her network. “Right now it’s too much, but if you create intentional spaces for conversation, it will come out when you allow it to.”

Wearing her “Krista Colleague hat”, Lindie helps UP strengthen structures to support and prepare students for their service experiences. It’s significant work, because a majority of UP undergrads participate in Moreau Center programs. Lindie knows that preparing them to step into service is just the starting point. “There is so much need right now for folks to be accompanied, and so much burnout associated if folks are not accompanied, especially when they return,” says Lindie.

1.6.16

Nominate a Krista Colleague today

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Developing Nations, Environmental Projects, Urban America

Nominate a Krista Colleague Today

Follow this link to learn more about the Krista Colleague program and criteria. 

10.14.15

Peter Bittner on Tough Service Experiences and Discernment

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Post-Service Term Reflections

This speech was given at the Krista Foundation Annual Fundraising Breakfast in Spokane, WA on September 29, 2015. 

Peter Bittner, 2013 Colleague, served as a youth tutor with AmeriCorps in White Center, WA. Immediately following his year of service, Peter became a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Currently, Peter is a student at the University of California Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, engaging his passion as a global-citizen storyteller. In addition to his studies, Peter created and leads the Empowering Women and Girls through Entrepreneurship project in Mongolia, as well as serves on the Krista Colleague Leadership Council. 

For my fellow Krista Colleagues and me, fall represents a time of new
beginnings in our service journeys: the start of a new school year, a new service-term,
a new job. It may mean a new living situation or a new academic program. It's a
season of changes and, while exciting, it can also be a stressful time of year. People
falsely romanticize the concept of long-term service and volunteerism; it's tough!

Reflecting back upon my two service terms, I can attest that for me it was a
bumpy, exhilarating, and intense ride. In the fall of 2013, as an AmeriCorps youth tutor
in White Center, WA, I began to feel the very real pressures of managing an
after-school program composed of diverse, underprivileged youth from mainly Somali
refugee backgrounds. The brief (1-week) honeymoon phase was over and,
inexperienced, untrained, and unsupervised, I did my best. I realized I was in over my
head when an older student slapped a much younger one across the face with the
bottom of her shoe. This not only caused disruptions for us, but divided a housing
community already rife with clan-based tensions carried over from their home country.
Without an on-site supervisor or adequate training, I simply had no idea what I had
walked into!

During the autumn of 2014, as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in
Mongolia, I relived many of the same struggles (minus the shoe-slapping) plus some
new ones, in a completely different context. In Ulaanbaatar, I had to adjust to teaching
students from recently-migrated herder families whose level of English, and interest in
learning it, was virtually zero. In fact, my teachers and I often struggled to
communicate.
In my third week of class, my co-teacher, Oyuna, called "Hello, Peter! Where are you?"
my co-teacher asked over the phone.

"Hi, Badmaa Teacher! I'm here in class with our students. Where are you?"
"Ah, Peter. I'm very sorry! I cannot come today. My cow is melting!"
"Oh, it's melting! Well, you should put it in the freezer then!" I said jokingly without the
faintest clue what she was talking about.
"Yes, good idea! I will put it in the freezer now. Sorry, there is blood all over my house."
"Ooh! OK, you clean that up! I'll teach, then! No worries!" She's serious!
"Peter, I bought-shared a cow with my sister, and my half was inside the house for
many weeks. Because it was very cold in the winter! But, you see, spring came early!"
"I'm sorry to hear that! No problem at all. I'll continue with the lesson, then."
"OK! Thank you! Bye bye!"

It was in relaying these often hilarious-in-retrospect anecdotes through my blog, and
taking photos of everything in sight, that I began to process my experiences and
recognize and appreciate the beauty.

Peter Bittner, 2013 Colleague

As you can imagine... there was a lot to try to make sense of at the culmination
of these distinctly diverse and challenging experiences. What did I learn? What did I
like or dislike? What skills did I gain? Where do I want to go next? In navigating the
choppy and uncertain waters, how can I bypass the dominant cultural narrative of
"success equals material wealth" to build upon Christian values of "love thy neighbor"?
Should I go to business school? Or try to write a book?

In helping answer all these tricky questions and more, The Krista Foundation for
Global Citizenship fills a need that no other organization I've encountered has been
able to address: a supportive Christian community offering guidance and
encouragement through the variety of difficult decisions I face in my mid-twenties.
Hosting a Krista Foundation "Service in Perspective" event at my service-site during
my AmeriCorps term allowed me to connect with Colleagues through deep, meaningful
conversation surrounding the intercultural and ethical dynamics of effective volunteer
service and gain a new outlook on my daily routines at my community center.

And, most importantly, the Debriefing Retreat facilitated an invaluable
opportunity to meet myself at exactly where I was in the months following my move
from Mongolia to California; in reverse-culture shock, dealing with accumulated tension
and trauma, and searching for direction. Ultimately, the discernment exercise
conducted at the end of the weekend helped me make an important decision: to follow
my passion for truthful storytelling as a student at the University of California,
Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

9.21.15

Launching the Service Journey: Service Volunteers Connect

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

2015 Launching Service Journey

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

Last Sunday's "Launching the Service Journey" event embraced these wise words! The Krista Foundation and six other local faith-based service organizations brought together their new volunteers from across the Puget Sound region for a half-day retreat to build community, explore best practices and seed a vision for transforming a year of service into a lifetime of service-centered leadership. Joined by alums from their service organizations and transitioned Krista Colleagues, these new volunteers probed the ethics of service and applied them in their urban US context. What social and racial lenses do we bring to service? How can seeing our own privilege make us more effective? How do we take care of ourselves in trying times, and how can we laugh more? What we learned will help all of us go far, together, for years to come.

Hosted in partnership with: Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest; Lutheran Volunteer Corps; Peace Community Center; Quaker Experiential Serivce and Training (QuEST); United Church of Christ Young Adult Service Communities; United Methodist US-2

Part of the Puget Sound Service Org Network:

2015 launching service journey mike davis

9.18.15

From ugly place to paradise: a new lens

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

 

Jeremiah Sataraka '10

Understanding the "lens" we bring to service is significant.

When Jeremiah Sataraka '10 first began serving with the Northwest Leadership Foundation's Act Six program, he realized he was one of many people who regarded cities as "ugly places...where people ‘do service', somewhere I'd go to for work, and not a place to seek, create and sustain community." His service year launched his commitment to opening doors to first-generation college students. As a Resident Director at alma mater Whitworth University, Dorm Counselor for University of Hawaii Maui College Upward Bound program, and Program Coordinator for Chicago's Posse Foundation, he has sought to nurture and equip students to be agents of change on campus. Now in the Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education PhD program at Washington State University, he is articulating a Pasifika or Oceania Critical Race Theory, especially as it pertains to the field of education, in order to reinforce Pasifika/Oceanic indigenous knowledge in the dominant culture.

At the 2011 Krista Foundation Breakfast, Jeremiah shared the story of his changed lens on the city, beginning with a poem by Denise Levertov.

City Psalm-Denise Levertov

The killings continue, each second
pain and misfortune extend themselves
in the genetic chain, injustice is done knowingly, and the air
bears the dust of decayed hopes,
yet breathing those fumes,
walking the thronged
pavements among crippled lives, jackhammers
raging, a parking lot painfully agleam
in the May sun, I have seen
not behind but within, within the
dull grief, blown grit, hideous
concrete facades, another grief, a gleam
as of dew, an abode of mercy,
have heard not behind but within noise a humming that drifted into a quiet smile.
Nothing was changed, all was revealed otherwise;
not that horror was not, not that the killings did
not continue, not that I thought there was to be no more despair,
but that as if transparent all disclosed
an otherness that was blessed, that was bliss.
I saw Paradise in the dust of the street.

If there's one lesson that I've learned since becoming a part of the Krista Foundation family, it's this:

The way we see our cities needs to change. My definition of "seeing" includes more than just what our eyes can see, but involves a fundamental shift in the way we think about urban communities.

For too long, many people have defined success in terms of "getting the heck out of here!" Tim Herron, director and founder of Act Six once told a story of how he ran into a kid in his Tacoma neighborhood and while talking about school, he realized that this kid's idea of success was defined by how soon he could leave his community, something shared by many others in communities across our nation. As a 2 year AmeriCorps volunteer who returned to Tacoma to work with Act Six, I knew this wasn't a healthy view of our urban communities.

I've come to recognize that many people define and see cities as frankly, ugly places. When I was younger, even I bought into the idea that urban communities were only places where people "do service," somewhere I'd go to for work, and not a place to seek, create and sustain community. But I began to recognize that the way I viewed the city impacted the way I engaged with it, it was as though I'd become involved in an abusive relationship; taking advantage of the benefits of being in the city, getting out of it only what was needed, but not caring enough to see it as beautiful and worthy of my attention, my affection. Today may have been the first time you've heard the adjective PARADISE to describe an urban reality, but I hope it won't be the last.

As Krista colleagues, we were awarded leadership grants that were to be spent on meaningful leadership development experiences. For my Krista grant, I spent a week in Washington DC at the National Coalition on Asian Pacific Islander American Community Development convention, a non-profit that exists to strengthen the capacity of community-based organizations to create neighborhoods of hope and opportunity. At this convention, I engaged with dynamic leaders from across the states who worked in urban neighborhoods and valued these communities. National CAPACD recognized that our cities are places of great need but also places full of treasures, a sentiment also shared by Act Six and the Krista Foundation. In all of these examples, success wasn't defined by "getting the heck out of the city," but the definition of success included embracing the city, flaws and all. I walked away from that experience energized and ready to continue working on behalf of not only the API community, but also our urban communities. A few months later, it was time to put the experiences from the convention to use as I helped organize an Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Day event in Olympia where thousands of people from across Washington gathered to make our voices heard on the verge of the Governor's proposed state budget cuts that would have disproportionately affected the API community. I stood in amazement as the day's events unfolded and our state leaders listened earnestly to our concerns.

It's been through the support of the Krista Foundation, my AmeriCorps experiences and many others who are seated here today, that I've forged a heart of service. Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to serve, to volunteer and get involved with things that challenge my mind and spirit. The past couple of years have served as a launch pad to the work I'm doing in Chicago and my hope of coming back to Washington and serving in government to make lasting change for the sake of all our communities.

Forging a heart of service - it's essential to the health of our nation, to our world and to future generations of leaders. Today I challenge you to see paradise in the dust of the streets. Thank you.