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9.7.17

Holding Together through Art

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Krista Foundation Press, Preparing To Serve, Sustaining Service, Arts & Culture, Post-Service Term Reflections

For our second annual art e-news, we asked Krista colleagues to riff on our conference theme, "Holding Together". Read on to see and hear how Spencer, Chasity, Richard, Linda and Doug captured holding together in the face of difference. For larger images, see slideshow at the bottom of this post.

Spencer Uemura, 2016 Krista Colleague, "Migrations"

 

Chasity Jones, 2017 Krista Colleague, "Black Infinity"

Submission
Embarrassment
Tongue Tied
Guilty
Obey Authority
Stay out of the way
Disposable
Ignored
Made an example out of
A Mascot
A token
Frustrated
Don't be caught taking a break or you will determine the work ethic of all people who look like you. So instead, I work myself to death.
Smile, even if you're tired
Pretend to be interested in everything all the time.
Survival is brutal- these lessons are vital.
I can never acknowledge the pain that threatens my life.
No permission to speak truth. Truth invalidated in every way possible- but so subtle.
Will my truth get me fired? Will my truth cancel all of these wonderful opportunities?
Have I obtained these opportunities because I am well trained in the art of relating to and pleasing the white faces that surround me.
They tell me I'm different- than the black people they've known previously.
This cuts me like a knife as I remember- I am no different because my people and I are ONE.

I am told speaking white is a gift.
But I miss everything that was stripped in order to maintain this pale skin face lift.
I've been brain washed, emotions repressed- colonized; my psyche occupied.
Because of this, I've separated myself from the people who sustain me,
From the mothers and fathers who raised me,
From the people who embody divinity....
No longer afraid of darkness, like America's taught me.
So I embrace the black infinity- which is the Alpha and the Omega.
I am an individual and stand with a community that the most descriptive words cannot describe its beauty and wonder.....
I often wonder how many shades of black and brown exist.
My heart is full as we together resist and RECLAIM all that was stolen
To my people, I am beholding
So I exist.....in this space as a testimony with no limits
Aware that every breath is an act of resistance.

 

Richard Murray, 2015 Krista Colleague, "Migrations"

The act of assemblage holds together disparate objects, creating new meanings. In the same way, I am holding together memories, ideas, people, and moments as layered lenses to create new perspectives.

This specific piece asks the question, "What is the potential for architecture to...?" I am on a journey to search for the remaining pieces to this question-

...create spaces for understanding
...foster community ownership
...empower communities of color

 

 

Linda Chastine, 2016 Krista Colleague

Dear Self,

You will learn that home is not a country or a city.

It does not lie between soiled sheets, where youthful giggles rise and inside jokes are created.

You will learn that it is not an innate feeling and does not necessarily deal in familiarity.
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Home is not in the motherland. with the people that hold the skin tone of your kin.

Home does not reside in the place where fear was taught and your heart first broke.

You will learn that home is not another person. Your search cannot be found in nostalgia or recovered in replayed images and regrets.

Again.

Home is not a place.

Home is not a person.

Home is not your momma, baby brother, or grandma.

It's not your college town.

It is not your bed after a long day of surviving.

Home is you.

There's nothing profound, yet something so magical about that discovery.

Hold onto it.

When your home feels like a prison, revisit this lesson.

When home is something like a dry and barren land, write it letters. Let it know that you miss its comforts. and probably haven't shown it all the love it needs, but you're trying.

Cook it dinners that make it sleepy, feed it food that gives it energy.

Let it sweat it out when the pressure gets so much that it wants to leave its frame.

Redecorate it.

Show pride in it.

Boast about it.

Take a tour every once in a while. You might discover somethings you didn't notice.

You might find something that you forgot was there.

Listen.

Stop looking.

know that home is not a place or a person. but home is.

you.

 

Doug Orofino, 2012 Krista Colleague, "Envíame a Mí"

Listen Here

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/

 

 

 

 

6.29.16

Welcome 2016 Krista Colleagues

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Developing Nations, Environmental Projects, Urban America, Preparing To Serve

We are excited to welcome the 2016 Krista Colleague Cohort! Read more about each Colleague and their area of service here.

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!"

7.29.15

Relationships that Matter

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Urban America, Preparing To Serve, Community

On his way to becoming an architect, University of Tennessee graduate Richard Murray is learning more about the people he hopes to serve. As Community Engagement Coordinator for Friends of the Children – Seattle through the Quaker service program QuEST, he arranges training and workshops that equip mentors to be a caring, consistent, long-term adult presence for vulnerable children.

Witnessing the impact of these sustained relationships has increased Richard’s regard for mentors and the Krista Foundation program’s multi-year peer mentoring program. “I am excited that there is another organization wanting to make a long-term commitment to help young adults. I really appreciate how faith is integrated into the [Krista Colleague] program itself. I’m in that process now, trying to understand how faith plays a role in my life.”  As he journeys with the Krista Foundation, Richard will be discerning how his architecture practice can serve low-income communities, perhaps by building spaces using a collaborative, community-based approach.

1.30.15

Nominate a Krista Colleague

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Developing Nations, Environmental Projects, Urban America, Law, Microenterprise, Poverty: Urban US & International, Preparing To Serve, Arts & Culture, Business, Community, Economic Justice, Education, Environment, Faith/Theological Exploration, Global Citizenship, Healthcare, Homelessness, Intercultural Development, Peace & Reconciliation, Poverty: Urban US & International, Preparing To Serve

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!

Click here for nomination criteria or to complete the online nomination forms!

Questions? Please contact Program Director, Stacy Kitahata

Please LIKE, POST, and SHARE this link with any potential nominators.

-The Krista Foundation

6.5.12

Introducing the 2012 Krista Colleague Cohort

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Developing Nations, Environmental Projects, Urban America, Community, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life, Preparing To Serve

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.

Learn more about the Krista Foundation.

3.13.12

2012 Colleague Nominations Due March 20th

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Developing Nations, Environmental Projects, Urban America, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life, Preparing To Serve, Sustaining Service, Transitions Home & Beyond

Joe and Glen form the KFDue March 20th

Dear Krista Colleague Nominators and Foundation friends!

DO YOU KNOW A GRADUATING SENIOR OR ALUM BEGINNING OR CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN SIGNIFICANT VOLUNTEER SERVICE?

Please nominate young adults heading out or currently engaged in long-term volunteer or vocational service to become a 2012 Krista Colleague, including a $1,000 Service and Leadership Development Grant.

Nominations are due March 20th. Click here for Nomination criteriaOnline Nomination formDownloadable form in Doc or PDF.

  • Every year, we welcome a new cohort of "Krista Colleagues". Each joins a multi-year ecumenical Christian mentoring community and receives a $1,000 Service and Leadership Development Grant.
  • New Krista Colleagues engage in supplemental training as they begin extended volunteer or vocational service with the service organization of their choice (examples include PeaceCorps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteers, AmeriCorps, etc.)
  • After concluding their assignment, Krista Colleagues participate in a debriefing retreat, and engage in ongoing peer-mentoring and leadership development through the Foundation.

Please complete online nominations, or download the Doc or PDF and email to our office.

Questions?
Call 206-382-7888 or email our office if you have questions regarding a candidate's eligibility (acceptable income range for vocational or volunteer pay, duration of service, Pacific Northwest ties, etc.)

Please click the "share" button below and forward this to community members who may know potential nominees.

"Transforming service experiences into lives of service leadership."

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8.12.11

Poor Timing to Cut Funding for AmeriCorps/Volunteerism

Destiny Williams | Service In The News, Urban America, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life, Preparing To Serve, Sustaining Service

Jenny Yu, AmeriCorps, TacomaAaron Ausland recently noted the surprising inverse relationship between unemployment and volunteering-that as unemployment rises, volunteerism rates go down. He stated that the number of volunteers in America dropped by 600,000 from last year, bringing the national volunteering rate down by a half a percentage point, to 26.3%. While it could seem logical to assume unemployed people have more spare time and would more likely fill that time with volunteering, the opposite appears true.

Overall, we were surprised to see the downward overall trend in volunteering (broadly defined). It makes me ask: which primary demographic is volunteering less? In our work with year long service volunteer programs, millenials seem to be bucking this trend. We're still hearing from service organizations that record numbers of young adults are applying to serve (JVC-Northwest, for example, had a 50% increase in applicants).

Unfortunately, Congress recently took the wind out of these sails, which threatens the quantity and quality of service volunteerism. Congress made drastic cuts to AmeriCorps ($22.5 million in cuts to AmeriCorps Education Awards). Catholic Volunteer Network, which has 1300 AmeriCorps- funded volunteers at 900 sites, is facing a $5 million gap from the cuts. See article on CVN. In spite of debt and budget challenges, prioritizing funding for young adult service volunteerism has critical economic and social implications.

In a report on unemployment I heard on NPR last week, young adults 25 and under have an unemployment rate near 17%. Reihan Salam, a policy advisor at e21 (an economics think-tank) was saying how much this statistic particularly hurts the economy in the long run. Getting a good job early, to build skills and move up into better paying jobs, ultimately builds a stronger economy and leads to more revenue into the tax system. Instead, many young adults are being stalled out of the starting gate, or starting in the "loser's bracket," and our economy will never fully catch up. Cutting AmeriCorps funding kicks this younger generation when it's already down, when it should be offering an essential way to build marketable skills while promoting civic engagement and fostering commitment to the common good-not to mention meeting real needs in our struggling communities.

Under-funding AmeriCorps is one sure way to speed the decline of current volunteering and depress future numbers. Squeezing service volunteer organizations threatens not only the quantity of volunteers, but also the ability of organizations to provide quality service volunteer care (including proper training and debriefing).

At a 50th anniversary event for the Peace Corps, I heard National Director Aaron S. Williams say that, more than ANY other program we have, Peace Corps volunteers (and I would say AmeriCorps volunteers too) represent our highest ideals and values as a nation.

We are in a challenging economic climate that disproportionately affects opportunities for young adults. Whether motivated by economics, idealism, or common sense, shouldn't we be investing in young adult service programs, rather than cutting them?

6.17.11

Meet the 2011 Colleagues!

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Developing Nations, Environmental Projects, Urban America, Global Citizenship, Preparing To Serve

At the Krista Foundation Annual Conference, 17 new Krista Colleagues were commissioned. They are entering or currently engaged in volunteer or vocational service in urban America, developing nations, or environmental projects. 

Take a minute to let them introduce themselves!

Watch the video:

 

or CLICK HERE to glance at their web profiles: