Slowing Down While the World Keeps Moving
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Slowing Down While the World Keeps Moving

This week, I have found myself longing for those moments where the world seems to stop, where nothing else is going on except the moment you are in. The future will happen as it does, the past is behind you, and only this moment matters. Being from the beachy town of Marshfield, MA, it was...

Community and Love
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Community and Love

I was out with my community one night for an event; an older woman came up to me and asked, “Are you, volunteers?” I said yes and she asked a question I wasn’t prepared for: “What experiences have changed you so far?” I was initially taken aback because people who I’ve known for a grand...

To Know a City
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To Know a City

Before moving to Philadelphia to begin my year of service as an AV I tried to imagine what the city would be like. Coming from a home-grown town in Montana, I anticipated a shift in the pace of daily life, the scenery which would surround me, and the types of activities popular in the area....

To Teach a Teacher
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To Teach a Teacher

My service experience this year has taken many unexpected turns because of the pandemic. I had originally planned to focus on after-school care at my service site, a K-8 Catholic school in West Philadelphia, but my primary role is now as the long-term substitute teacher for the first grade class. While I happily accepted this...

Fellowship Over Coffee and Breakfast
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Fellowship Over Coffee and Breakfast

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I began my discernment process in joining the Augustinian Volunteers a year ago. At the time, I had been out of college for the last three years and had been searching for a life-giving career. Something that would leave me feeling grateful and appreciative...

What a Wonderful World
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What a Wonderful World

A cool breeze, laughter ringing and live music in the air. When I thought about where I’ve seen God present in my week. I realized I’ve seen Him in many small ways. I also realized that those small ways came to a head this Saturday when my community mates and I went to Harvest Weekend....

True Service as a State of Mind
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True Service as a State of Mind

At the beginning of my time as an AV, my understanding of service within the context of this year was largely tied to the physical space that is my service site. Every morning I’d commute to the school on the other side of the city where I’d perform my unpredictable array of tasks and establish...

Symbols of Service
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Symbols of Service

In my year of experience as an AV, there have been countless people and ideas I have run into to challenge and mold my understanding of what it means to practice service. The most inspirational of which has constantly been my supervisor at my placement at HIAS Pennsylvania, Shaloo. When I first got to know...

Small Town Familiarity In A Big City
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Small Town Familiarity In A Big City

When I first began the process for applying to this program and read the words “intentional community” in the description, I must admit I was nervous. Intentional community seemed so forced, and I started to think I would be walking into an entire year of discussion topics and ice breaker like events planned with two...

Diverse World: One Community
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Diverse World: One Community

A few grains remain in the hourglass as the twilight of my volunteer experience grows to close. As I reflect on the past nine months, I begin to question what I have learned and who have I become. Throughout this experience, I have worked at HIAS PA, a refugee resettlement in Philadelphia, PA. I recall...

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