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Discernment in the Thin Places
2006 Krista Colleague Megan Hurley Menard

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

As a volunteer case manager at Central City Concern in Portland, Megan Hurley Menard (who became a Krista Colleague in 2006) worked with homeless clients with acute medical needs who had recently been discharged from the hospital. But as a case manager, she was often viewed with suspicion.

One day, she watched a visiting public health nurse tend to a client whose deeply tangled health and addiction issues included a stomach ulcer. As the nurse unwrapped the wound, Megan was struck by the nurse's competence, compassion, and the trusting relationship between nurse and patient. "I realized that I had been working with the woman on all of her issues except this one. Until her physical wound could heal, the rest of her wounds would not solve out," she remembers.

A Krista Foundation grant enabled her to continue exploring her interest in health and homelessness at the Housing First Conference in Washington, D.C. Discernment skills presented at the KF debrief retreat and service leadership conference helped confirm her direction, and a year later she entered nursing school, focusing on care for women and babies. As a nurse, she thought, she could develop long-term relationships that help people think about immediate health needs as well as questions that affect their ability to look ahead. "When you are in pain, you can't think about the future."

After serving in a medical-surgical ward, a nursing home, a farmworker clinic, and a public health program focused on refugees, Megan Menard, R.N. and new mother of a 6-month-old girl, now encourages and empowers new moms in the Mother-Baby Unit at Spokane's Deaconess Hospital.

"Central City Concern's Recuperation Care program gave me a sense that there are thinner places when we are ready to change," she says. "In a hospital, you can see where your life has been and get some ideas on where you want to go. At Deaconess, I meet people at a very powerful time, when a new family member has arrived. I love helping new moms get a sense of their competence and power, work with their own intuition, and get breast feeding started."


"I Am a Dream Broker"
2004 Krista Colleague Sergio Castaneda

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"I'm like a dream broker for boys exiting juvenile detention," says Sergio Castaneda '04. As a Krista colleague, he nurtured young leaders at Harambee Ministries in Pasadena, California. Now a husband and father and based in Pasco, Washington, he serves as an Educational Advocate in Benton and Franklin Counties. "I assist young men in transitioning out of jail, refer them to resources, and mentor them," he explains. "As long as their dreams and aspirations are healthy and will benefit themselves and their family, I am all for supporting them, removing whatever barrier is in front of them, and helping them move to the next level."

Mentoring young men from challenging backgrounds, with no fathers or father figures, some at risk for deportation "is about being there at the right time and asking the right questions," he says. "I don't want to overpower them with my ideas and what I think they should be doing. I want to help them realize they are whole, even though they've gone through hell, and it is up to them to make good choices to get themselves to where they need to be."

The son of immigrant farm workers who lived in Pasco and many other places, Sergio recently completed his BA in social work from Heritage University. He often wrestles with how to draw from his own experiences to empower the Latino community. "First-generation immigrants suffer the most, but as generations come along we are supposed to get better and better. At the same time, how do we keep our culture, as opposed to being assimilated...?" One challenge is Sergio's own immigration case. "Although I have a work permit and a Social Security number I have no legal status and have been fighting deportation for the last 7 years," he says. "My path is service."

Sergio summed it up, warmly, "I am trying to live my life out in a way that honors what God has done in my life."



2013 Fall Newsletter

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

Check out this year's Fall Newsletter, featuring three profiles from the Service Journey. Read about Krista Colleague's story - such as Yusuf's experience working in urban America, Glen Guenther's environmental experiences and impact, and how Bethany Tuggle weaves the experience of her developing nations work into her career at Microsoft, and more!

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Where Are They Now, Pt. 1
Bree and Doug Reynolds

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

Ever since they first met on a cross-country train, both Doug and Bree Reynolds '99 have led an adventurous life. After serving with Project SPEAR in Spokane, they have alternated periods in Spokane with multi-year stays in the Pacific's Mariana Islands and now the Caribbean island of Dominica, where Bree teaches at Ross University School of Medicine.

Stay-at-home dad Doug bucked gender roles as he nurtured daughters Litcelle and Helena, adopted during their Mariana Island's sojourn. The couple's deep commitment to education has been a constant throughout their careers. During his years as a middle school, high school and tribal college teacher, Doug loved seeing "a light go on" when students shifted from "not really caring about education or even taking their life seriously to caring about everything and wanting to do something meaningful with their life."

Now helping her American students deal with the culture shock of settling into Dominica, Bree's doctoral research in culturally responsive teaching has deepened her conviction that education is a platform for social change-and that living outside one's culture changes the way you see politics, culture, family and relationships. After visiting the Philippines, Litcelle felt guilty about "what we had in the U.S.-and we were living in a manufactured home on an Indian Reservation at the time," Bree remembers. Together, the Reynolds talked about how her feelings could be channeled "into something positive." For the Reynolds family, a powerful takeaway from cross-cultural service is identifying "how you can use your raised consciousness to continue to make the world a better place."

Learn more about the Reynolds: Click here for Bree, and Click here for Doug


December SIP

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

Join us for a celebration Join us for an enchanting evening as we gather in fellowship - celebrating the work of the Krista Foundation, meeting as a Colleague community, exploring interesting topics, sharing talents, and eating and drinking (and be merry)! Together, let's keep Christmas in perspective at our third quarterly Service in Perspective (SIP). Come and celebrate this holy Advent season!

Sunday, December 15th from 4:00-7:00pm.

Program begins at 4:30 with introductions and connecting followed by Krista Colleague talent, featuring: music, spoken word, & carols in the downstairs theater space. 

Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed & Breakfast*
907 14th Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112

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*The Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed & Breakfast is a 1914 historic Tudor Revival home 

Join us for an informal time to connect and explore the joys and challenges of faith-filled service leadership in our personal and professional lives while enjoying the flavors of the season.

As part of our festivities, several Krista Colleagues will help us put Christmas in perspective, as they share their insight and talent on stage!

Consider picking up a Christmas gift or two for family, friends and community. Here are two suggestions:

1. The Global Citizen, a Special Edition compilation with the "best of" articles for equipping ourselves to serve well and transform service experiences into a lifetime of service leadership. Previously sold out and now newly reprinted!

2. Local wines by Sozo Friends. You can purchase single bottles of wine or become part of our quarterly Sojourner Wine Club. Sozo Friends partners with nonprofits, such as the Krista Foundation, and donates a percent of each bottle's proceeds to support the organization.

RSVP by December 11th  to Valerie Norwood for details and directions. Space is limited. or call 206-349-3582 

PS these gatherings are for fun and community building.  No cost, no ask.



KF & SOZO Wine Partnershp

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

Every time you purchase Sozo Wine at one of our KF or visit the the Sozo online store - and purchase a bottle of unique, well-made wine - you support the Krista Foundation!

It's partnerships like this and the support of folks like you that ensure we can continue equipping young adults with the skills to transform service experiences into lives of service leadership!


Click here to see what all the fuss is about (we suggest the Generosity Syrah Tempranillo!) 

Just add any bottle(s) to your shopping cart and select the Krista Foundation as the organization to receive support! 


SIP June 23rd | L'Arche Tahoma Hope | Tacoma | 4-6pm

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

Join us for SIP: Service in Perspective, with Krista Colleagues!

When: Sunday, June 23rd from 4:00-6:00pm

Where: L'Arche Tahoma Hope Community
11716 Vickery Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98446

What: Each fun and vibrant event brings together the life and service experiences of Krista Colleagues with advocates and friends of the foundation like you! Exchange exciting stories, snack on mouth-watering savories, and sip delicious drinks.

This special SIP is co-hosted by the L'Arche Tahoma Hope Farm and Gardens. L'Arche Farm and Garden gathers a community of people, with and without developmental disabilities, sharing life together. Two Krista Colleagues currently serve L'Arche through our partners Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship and L'Arche share commitments to shaping a generation of resilient and creative leaders who are able to navigate our increasingly complex local and global challenges.

Come and meet Krista Colleagues; hear how a service year transforms into a life of service leadership.

RSVP by Thursday, June 20th to Valerie Norwood. We'll also send via email additional details and directions for parking. or call 206-349-3582

SIP Quarterly:
September 22nd (Location TBD) & December 15th (Location TBD)


We hope to see you at our community building event. There won't be an ask. 


If I Only Had a Camera: The Impact of the KF Grant
by Liz Purdy, 2010 Krista Colleague

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

Over the past couple years, I've developed my skills as an expert documentary-viewer, often watching documentaries that get me riled up about a particular environmental or social justice issue. Having studied English as an undergrad, I appreciate compelling storytelling coupled with the artistry of crafting the cinematography with personal interviews, music, and narration that absolutely
lures me into the story. In fact, I'd even blame a documentary for leading me to the adventure of a year of living and serving in Southeast Alaska.

After a year of service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Sitka, Alaska and time spent in an intentional community in Northeast Georgia at Jubilee Partners teaching English to refugees, there were more than a few stories I had heard that I felt like would make rather compelling documentaries.

If only I had a camera. And knew how to edit film...

So without too much searching last January, on a mid-morning coffee break a couple storefronts down from my office, I glanced over to see a flyer for the spring workshops sponsored by "Northwest Documentary," a non-profit in downtown Portland. By the time I walked the half-block back to my office it was settled: put the flyer on my co-worker's desk and said, "I'm doing this," pointing to the paragraph about the "DIY Documentary" 10-week workshop-week one: brainstorm a film idea, week ten: the Final Cut is turned in and shown on the big screen. Suddenly, the remaining funds from my Krista Foundation grant were burning a hole in my pocket.

With the first portion of my KF Service & Leadership Development Grant spent on a writer's conference last June, I had already started exploring the theme of "storytelling" as it relates to the service journey. More than any other "task" I had as a Jesuit Volunteer, I spent time listening to stories in Sitka from women I served at the domestic violence shelter, and often related it to "Staying for Tea," the foundational article by Aaron Ausland that has significantly shaped my understanding of and approach to service.

I registered for the course that week and dove into the creative, collaborative process of making my first film. Though I'd encountered many stories through service, many of them weren't geographically accessible from Portland within the 10-week timeframe I had to complete my project, so I approached a nearby friend and his family about telling the story of his father's emigration from Norway and his 52-year career as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. With his story in mind, I had ambitions of tackling huge issues: Northwest environmental concerns, immigration rights, economic considerations, the legacy of maintaining the family industry-but when I told my instructor the scope of story I had in mind for my first-ever film project, he suggested that I keep it simple. "Just tell the story of father and son,"he told me. So with only a few phone calls, we had a rough plan: I showed up in Bellingham, Washington with a camera I had touched approximately two times to interview my friend and his family about their legacy of fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

What unfolded was better than I could have imagined; I had the chance to sit with each member of the family individually and ask them limitless questions, hearing candid accounts of their lives, ultimately coming to understand their passion and commitment to their work over the next several weeks as I reviewed footage and pieced together a ten-minute film. I felt I had a huge responsibility being gifted with their story, and when their faces appeared on the big screen at the Mission Theater in downtown Portland at the "Homegrown Doc Fest" last month, I was thrilled to have been able to convey their story.

Most gratifying though was seeing the tears from both father and son when I personally showed the film to their family. After 52 seasons of grueling work as a fisherman in Alaska, the father beamed with silent pride while he watched his life recounted through ten minutes of film. From both this experience and my time in service, I'm still unpacking just how profound it is when another person offers their story to you, and I'm exceptionally grateful to have had the support from the Krista Foundation to have pursued this opportunity. I greatly look forward to further ways I can integrate my new film-making skills with my future pursuits in service leadership.




Colleague Pledge Drive | Week 2 | On the Service Journey w/ Eli Burnham

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Click here to track the pledge drive progress.   

It is week 2 of the Colleague Pledge Drive. Thanks so much for joining in this journey of giving. As of last week, Colleague giving has helped us reach $4,520.00 in gifts and pledges; there are over a dozen colleague monthly donors! Our goal this year is to raise $8,000.00 - we're more than halfway there.  

Each week, we'll be releasing a video featuring colleagues at different points along the service journey. Today, we're excited to highlight 2012 Krista Colleague Eli Burnham who is in transition from service year to a life of service leadership (with dreams to become a nurse!) Eli continues to work at the organization - Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Seattle - where he served as part of his placement with Quaker Experiential Service & Training. 

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Longing for Racial Justice
by Brandon Casey Adams, '09 Krista Colleague

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Krista Foundation Press, Urban America, Community, Post-Service Term Reflections, Sustaining Service

When it came time to register for the White Privilege Conference, I had to fill out the form quickly. That's because going deep into the topic of my whiteness always frightens me, and I knew that attending this conference would be the biggest uncomfortable race-related experience for me since my involvements in American Ethnic Studies during my time in undergrad. Despite the fears, I was glad to know that I would not be alone in the hard conversations about race and racism. In fact, out of the 2000 diverse attendees that registered for this year's conference, I was glad to be alongside 12 fellow members of Wallingford United Methodist Church as well as Zach, Stacy, Valerie, and Neah from the Krista Foundation. With deeply rooted community like that, meaningful dialogue on just about any issue is possible!

As you may know by now, one of the issues discussed at the White Privilege Conference is, well, white privilege. Even after many times hearing of or learning about the term white privilege, it's always nice to be reminded what this term really means. The term points to the fact that still today, whiteness carries loads of cultural capital. Without often recognizing it, I believe that we who are white actually cash in on the invisible advantages of our perceived "whiteness" each and every day. This gigantic form of inequality between white folks and people of color not only brings up the sting of white guilt, but much more importantly it does great harm to our relationships, especially with people of color who often encounter very different realities than many of us white folks experience.

Because I long for racial justice and healing within the human experience, I ended up feeling nothing but grateful to be present at a conference that was focused on creating racial justice from many different angles and approaches. Though it's not easy, being in a conference space (or book group space and/or community space, for that matter) where whiteness and racism are discussed has really helped me to more clearly identify the mechanisms that reinforce racial preference. And at the conference, being in a large group of white people who are also choosing to fight off racial privileging as a component of being in solidarity with people of color helped me to get more perspective on how I can continually contribute to co-creating a more just society.

After the conference, I started paying more attention to the many instances where people affirm my (unearned) moral goodness, success potential, and ability to be influential. Often at a very micro level, I see instances of this happening literally every day. A few hours ago, an example of this arrived in my inbox at work. I received an email response from an IT person who informed me that an important email that had gotten caught in my spam filters was now "whitelisted" - meaning that it got the stamp of approval for not being malicious spam and was therefore given permissions to enter my inbox. Acutely aware of how racial micromessaging comes in all shapes and sizes, I wrote right back to her. I said, "Thanks for helping me with that!" Then I added, "And on a side note, I encourage you to join my effort to get people to say good-list and bad-list, because it's always been weird to me that white ends up meaning good!" Friendly enough. Clear enough! She wrote back saying that she liked that change.

Progress toward racial justice will certainly involve a combination of many big steps, and even more small steps. For me, each of those steps are a little scary, or a little messy, and are commonly not the ‘safe' thing to do. But if there's one thing that the White Privilege Conference does a fantastic job of conveying, it is that white people have an enormous opportunity to break apart the structures that hold racism in place. As we in the Krista Foundation seek clarity regarding our responsibilities as global citizens, I with my whole heart invite each of us to scoot in closer to this messy table of racial justice work. It may not always be easy, but when we struggle for this together, we edge nearer to the beloved community that we have so often imagined.


Brandon Casey Adams is a 2009 Krista Colleague with a service placement from Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Chicago. He taught video production to underserved high school youth and served as an advisor to a student club. In addition, advising several video projects that students did through Free Spirit Media. Currently, Brandon is living in Seattle with his wife, Kara. He is working at All for Kidz as a Digital Media Developer.