NOTICE: IF YOU ARE AN ELIGIBLE VOTER IN THE UNITED STATES, YOU NEED TO VOTE IN THE NOVEMBER 6th MIDTERM ELECTIONS! Now that we have that out of the way, I wanted to talk a little bit about what it is like being an engaged citizen while living abroad. As many of you know, I… Continue reading Being an Engaged Citizen Abroad
A Very Important Intro
Recently, we visited the museum for the Campaign Against the Genocide. We did this in preparation for a conversation about colonialism and our place in it at missionaries in Africa. Colonialism is such a struggle in my own narrative because I hold identities of both sides. It is fair to say that I may not… Continue reading The Ghost of Colonialism
We are officially a week away from my deployment date 2.0. My range of emotions has run the gamete and I am equal parts nervous, excited, apprehensive, and terrified. In the spirit of honesty, I have to say that my apprehension comes from the feeling that something else is going to happen that will put… Continue reading Here We Go Again
As part of our orientation process, we participated in an activity called 'The World of 76'. 76 is an important number, because that is the number of young adults being sent out into the world through this years program. 76 of us, sent into a world that is vast and complex and of which we… Continue reading The World of 76
I want to tell the story the right way. So he has to be in it too.
One thing that is very evident when entering YAGM orientation is that its very white. And by white I mean that there are a lot of folks who hold a lot of racial privilege that are part of this organization. Anyone familiar with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America would probably not be surprised by… Continue reading Race, Power, Privilege, and Our Place in the World
Myself and the other 76 other YAGM volunteers descended upon the Windy City on Tuesday, August 14th, to start a week of bonding, learning, and just some general shenanigans. I myself have just returned from an Amazing Race style scavenger hunt to find a Ethiopian restaurant in uptown Chicago. My beautiful cohort and I explored… Continue reading A Week in Plenary