vol. 8, num. 20 :: 2009.10.16 — 2009.10.29
Every year in the U.S. and around the world, millions of people volunteer, adding up to billions of dollars’ worth of time. Service creates a form of exchange not based on monetary profit, but on other benefits for individuals and communities. So how do we choose where and when to volunteer?
A collection of thoughts gathered during time spent in Africa.
Why I volunteer -- and create opportunities for others to do the same.
A recent graduate explores the benefits of full-time volunteering through Mennonite Voluntary Service.
On learning to see God's love in action, not ours.
Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about volunteering -- why you love it, why you hate it.
Americans spend millions of dollars each year on short-term mission trips to developing countries. Do these trips do more harm than good?
A resigned nurse learns to be still and value a new kind of productivity.
A freelance development worker reports on the state of Africa and his own sense of hope.
One of many opportunities to spend a year in service—check it out.
A creative glass-half-full idea in response to getting laid off.
What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned!
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
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