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.
My own experience has shown me that it is possible to live in and attentively study the same small place decade after decade, and find that it ceaselessly evades and exceeds comprehension. There is nothing that it can be reduced to, because “it” is always, and not predictably, changing. It is never the same two days running, and the better one pays attention the more aware one becomes of these differences. Living and working in the place day by day, one is continuously revising one’s knowledge of it, continuously being surprised by it and in error about it. And even if the place stayed the same, one would be getting older and growing in memory and experience, and would need for that reason alone to work from revision to revision. One knows one’s place, that is to say, only within limits, and the limits are in one’s mind, not in the place. This is a description of life in time in the world. A place, apart form our now always possible destruction of it, is inexhaustible. It cannot be altogether known, seen, understood, or appreciated.
Life is a Miracle
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