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Join the Global Citizen Coffee Circle and you'll nurture a worldwide community of small coffee farmers and young leaders intent on changing the world.
With every delicious cup, you'll help Zoka Coffee's independent growers create sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families-and help the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship equip young volunteers with leadership skills equal to the challenges of our times.
As global as Zoka coffees, these young leaders serve from Tacoma and Chicago to Ulan Bator and Tegucigalpa, pursuing long-term, sustainable, game-changing goals.
A service year in Cairo, Egypt working with international students led Stephen Allen '05 to a career with humanitarian aid agencies. A decade later, he coordinates UNICEF's activities in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. Humanitarian work has its dark side, with cynicism and despair close at hand, especially when administrative demands mean little time with Syrians. "It's easy to come to [the refugee] camp, spend a few hours huddled with other humanitarians over cups of strong coffee talking...and then climb back in our SUVs and drive away," he says.
Stephen's antidote: the ethic of service he gained from the Krista Foundation. Instead of working on refugee issues, Stephen seeks to work with refugees to resolve issues: "Spending time with those you are serving and respecting them enough to listen, argue, disagree, and work together. And you can still do it over a strong cup of coffee."
Before we can know where we are going, we need to recognize where we are from. At the Debriefing and Discernment Retreats, Krista Foundation Colleagues were invited to claim their roots and their present as they wrote poems prompted by the question, Where am I from?
Michael Davis, Justin Willis, Madie Padon, and Claire Smith share their responses here.
Where I'm From
The long lines of government assistance,
From the same line that formed my existence.
The lines that separated me from you,
The lines that labeled me as colored because you couldn’t accept my hue, truth.
Black mothers that take upon the roles of black fathers,
Fathers that were forced to forsake their own and encouraged not to bother,
Leaving my momma to teach me to tie my tie and fold down my collar,
How come YOU get to and I can’t,
From songs I didn’t like but was forced to dance,
From, if another cop looks at me that way I’ma…
From, never mind, I’ll just avoid that drama.
You’ll never go there, because where I’m from is nowhere,
Listen, I don’t think you understood me…
I’m from nowhere, no where you’re from
Or forsake the history from whence you come,
You wanna know where I’m from?
I come from long lines from which my history was hung
I come from the reminder of the history in which you shun.
Formerly director of the Leadership and Mentoring Program for Urban Impact in Seattle, Mike Davis ‘12 is now a drop-in coordinator for the Union Gospel Mission's Youth Center.
Where I'm From
I am from the beginning of the Nile with endless tilapia to dust filled roads where an oncoming truck meant you have to hold your breath for the next 2 minutes as it passed by.
Madie Padon '12 taught biology and science at the Holy Cross Schools near Lake Victoria in Uganda.
Where I'm From
I'm from the big leaf maple tree with the yellow slide and swing underneath,
From vegetable gardens and woodstoves,
Home cooking and families whose names are like legends in the Valley -- Zender, Strachila, Galbraith, Engholm.
I'm from 40 minute drives to "Town" to get groceries.
I'm from classical piano -- Mozart, Schubert --
From family outings to the city, to the theatre, to the aquarium,
From "Money can't buy you happiness, especially if you don't ever use it," and "Love is something if you give it away."
I'm from sit and stand in church.
Liturgies and Sunday School Songs,
Kyrie eleison and Vespers ‘86,
From Holden's Village Center ceiling and Railroad Creek footbridge.
I'm from the university.
From words like "juxtaposition" and "neocolonialism."
From "liminal spaces" and "intersectionality"
From walks around Spanaway Lake and late night runs to WinCo.
I'm from silent solidarity, staring at computer screens until our eyes blur and we have to dance around, singing in silly voices until we feel like humans again.
I'm from study away.
From papel picado, chicharrones, and tlayudas
From Día de los Muertos and drinking smoky, burning mezcal until I like it.
From being a güerra, güerra and a señorita.
I'm from misunderstandings and putting my foot in my mouth and talking around my meaning.
I'm from urban bike paths and taking the MAX.
From crisis lines and grupos de apoyo
From "1 in 3 women" and "You deserve to ALWAYS feel safe"
From trying to accompany, to create healing spaces
I'm from Big Sky and Big Horn Mountains
From pow wows and basketball tournaments
From "What kind of Indian are you?" and "Maaaaan, Teacher, you're mean!"
From trying to accompany, to create safe spaces
I'm from Ruined for Life
From tense grocery conversations and game nights
From dinner tables and cooking disasters
I'm from silent solidarity, trying to hold the woes of the world until our eyes blur and we have to dance around, singing in silly voices until we feel like humans again.
From strangers making a home together.
As part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Claire Smith '12 served domestic violence survivors in Oregon and was an academic assistant at a school on the Crow reservation in Montana.
Where I'm From
I'm from my childhood. Rain, rain, and more rain. The Pacific Northwest at its finest. The Olympics, the X-games, Major League Baseball. I am going to be there one day. Moving from city to city, new friends, new plans. Diversity and public education shaping who I am.
I'm from college. Deepened faith and silent retreats. Still one of the most moving things I have done. Sit with your thoughts and see what happens. Science, so much science. But also social justice. Social justice and science. Best friends, lost friends. Confusion, questioning, anger, pain. Discernment. Choosing what ultimately brought me most joy.
I'm from JVC Northwest. Conversations about 2% milk. Is this even important? Solidarity, social justice, spirituality, community. Mac Attack. Guy, Dave, Courtney, Eddy, Ben, Stephanie, Irena, Jordan, Nic, Todd, Julia, and so many more. Never getting the balance right. Inadequacy, regret, and many mistakes. But ultimately so much joy.
I'm from life after service. Stress about the future. Tests, tests, and more tests, and probably more tests after that. Being welcomed home by my parents. Surviving through adversity and coming out better on the other side.
Justin Willis '13 served in the Recuperative Care Program at the Old Town Clinic, working alongside Portland's homeless population.
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The Krista Colleague Cohort Program is the heart of the Krista Foundation. Nominated by community leaders, 17 young adult Krista Colleagues are selected each year. Colleagues are committed to a sustained period of voluntary or vocational service of at least nine months and motivated to serve by their Christian faith. The Foundation community journeys alongside Colleagues before, during and after service, empowering them to transform service experience into lives of service leadership.
Acceptance as a Colleague includes a $1,000 Service & Leadership Grant to be used at the intersection of vocational interests and commitment to serve. The Foundation pays for four years of the Krista Foundation annual Service Leadership conference and debriefing retreat. Additionally, each Colleague commits to serving as a peer mentor with future Krista Colleagues, developing global citizenship through leadership in retreats and conferences.
Nominations are due by March 20th, so nominate today!
Questions? Please contact Program Director, Stacy Kitahata
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"Sometimes you make choices...sometimes the choices make you" is a saying that resonates with Krista Colleague Jerrell Davis, who was recently featured in the South Seattle Emerald. After a lifetime of making choices "that were rarely the most popular and usually not the easiest", the Seattle Pacific University student chose to study abroad in Guatemala and return this winter to serve at a hospital for people with special needs. His service has changed the way he sees his community and himself.
Read how in the South Seattle Emerald.
Brittany Harwell is passionate about justice.
She spent 2011-12 with International Justice Mission Kenya helping to free illegally detained clients. Observing how justice works-and doesn't work-in a developing country, she came home filled with "righteous rage" but tongue-tied: "I couldn't articulate why I was passionate, or who I wanted to help and why."
Next, as a teacher in Texas, Brittany found herself asking hard questions on how race and class affect both education and the U.S. justice system. Her special educations students, who were mostly Mexican-American, floundered in regular classes instead of receiving promised support-and then one of her 8th graders vanished into the juvenile justice system. "This is not fair!" she told herself. "I can't lose another Nick!"
In the Krista Foundation's structured debriefing and peer-mentoring process, Brittany started the difficult process of reconciling her ideals and her service experiences. Bringing the pieces together, she used her Service Leadership Grant to participate in the National summit for Courageous Conversations, exploring effective ways to bridge racial disparities and equip students for success.
Now a first-year student at Georgetown University Law Center, Brittany is excited to see "how the law interacts with diversity and race and what the patterns look like, what you can do, and what you can't." For Brittany, "what you can't do" will not be the end of the story.
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This Keynote Address: Roots of Hope, was given Saturday, May 26th, 2012, at The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship's Annual Conference.
Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda is Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics for Seattle University's Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Environmental Studies Program, and School of Theology and Ministry. Her current book project concerns faith-based response to systemic evils such as racism, economic exploitation, and ecological devastation.
The Krista Foundation 2012 Conference theme was Growing Service Leadership: Rooted for Life. Over the weekend, young adults in our program and intergenerational mentors spent time learning together how to develop and maintain healthy roots amidst the challenges of service and transition.
The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship is thrilled to announce the 2012 Krista Colleague cohort. These creative young leaders are currently or soon to be heading into long term volunteer or vocational service in developing nations, urban U.S., or the environment. They were recently commissioned at the Krista Foundation's Annual Conference over Memorial Day Weekend. Watch the video and discover where their journey of service is taking them next!
Join the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship in celebrating their choice to serve and learn from communities across the U.S. and around the world.
The Krista Foundation accompanies young adults before, during, and for years after long-term volunter or vocational service. The purpose is to empower these young adults to transform their service experiences into lives of service leadership.
To scroll though the list of 2012 Colleagues, click here.
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