Resources For A Life Of Service
Few things in life are as meaningful as opening yourself to mutual transformation as you serve another person. Yet serving well requires equipping yourself with the attitudes and principles of global citizenship. We have designed this section to serve as a companion both for those who lead young adults as they serve and process service, but also for passionate young people who are considering taking an important step toward a volunteer term. We offer resources, articles, tip sheets, and links to service organizations, as well as Krista Foundation specific resources.
The resources and organizations will continue to grow over the next few months as we bring this website more fully to life!
Ready To Serve?
You're considering taking a big step. Considering a volunteer term of 9 months to 3 years. You've been wrestling with questions about who you are and what really matters in the world. Your life is ahead of you, but you're on the verge of taking the plunge--pushing back against the voices of convention and making a statement about who you want to be in the world.
We are here to help you in your journey. As a mentoring community of young adults committed to service, we want to both honor the uniqueness of your own quest, but also equip you with a few time-tested ideas to navigate choosing a good fit organization, and preparing your mind and body for intercultural immersion.
Frequently Asked Questions
FEATURED QUESTION: If it is a faith-based organization, does this mean I need to belong to a particular church denomination?
Usually not. Many church organizations develop an extensive expression of service as a hands-on way to partner with local citizens in addressing needs in our world, but welcome all applicants who want to share in this service. Some church service ...
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Jean Vanier (founder of L'Arche)
Communities which start by serving the poor must gradually discover the gifts brought by those they serve. The communities start in generosity; they must grow in the ability to listen. In the end, the most important thing is not to do things for people who are poor and in distress, but to enter into relationship with them, to be with them and help them find confidence in themselves and discover their own gifts. It isn't a question of arriving in a slum with the money to build a dispensary and a school. It is more a question of spending time with the people who live in the slum to help them discover their own needs and then together building what they want. Perhaps these buildings won't be as beautiful. But they will be more used and loved, because they will belong to everyone and not just to a foreigner who means well. It will take a long time. But all service which is really human takes time. The promise of Jesus is to help us discover that the poor are a source of life and not just objects of our charity. If we are close to them we will be renewed in love and in faith.
Tools: Articles, Books, etc.
By David James Duncan
Text of the Keynote Address given by noted author and activist David James Duncan at the 2003 annual Krista Foundation Conference, Clearwater Lodge, Davis Lake, Washington. Duncan is a father, a fly fisher, a practitioner of what he calls "direct, small-scale compassion/activism," and the author of the novels The River Why and The Brothers K, the story collection River Teeth, and the nonfiction collection My Story as Told by Water.
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Krista Foundation Services
In our increasingly complex and interconnected world, the Krista Foundation provides intentional spaces and resources for young leaders to think and act globally and locally. Over the past decade we have seen how our strategic support and development has empowered creative young American leaders to 'live the questions' of global citizenship as they engage and navigate these questions in their personal choices and faith traditions, their professional vocations, and their broader community activism.
As our capacity grows, we will have greater ability to take advantage of opportunities to partner with universities, service organizations, and other community groups promote the resources and intentional spaces for healthy service, healthy debriefing, and developing a lifelong ethic of service.