catapult magazine

catapult magazine
In Kind

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?



Things I carry with me

A collection of thoughts gathered during time spent in Africa.


Paid in hope and heartbreak

Why I volunteer -- and create opportunities for others to do the same.


Volunteering as a way of life

A recent graduate explores the benefits of full-time volunteering through Mennonite Voluntary Service.

For whose glory?

On learning to see God's love in action, not ours.

Conversation: “In Kind”

Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about volunteering -- why you love it, why you hate it.


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In case you missed it the first time

The cost of short-term missions

Americans spend millions of dollars each year on short-term mission trips to developing countries. Do these trips do more harm than good?

Gainful unemployment

A resigned nurse learns to be still and value a new kind of productivity.

Dreamers vs. Dreamingers

A freelance development worker reports on the state of Africa and his own sense of hope.

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Weaving the web

Mennonite Voluntary Service

One of many opportunities to spend a year in service—check it out.


One family beating the recession by traveling the Americas

A creative glass-half-full idea in response to getting laid off.


daily asterisk

Often, educators and politicians speak and are not understood because their language is not attuned to the concrete situation of the people they address. Accordingly, their talk is just alienated and alienating rhetoric. The language of the educator or the politician (and it seems more and more clear that the latter must also become an educator, in the broadest sense of the word), like the language of the people, cannot exist without thought; and neither language nor thought can exist without a structure to which they refer. In order to communicate effectively, educator and politician must understand the structural conditions in which the thought and language of the people are dialectically framed.

Paulo Freire
Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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