Young Adult Volunteers is an opportunity to spend one academic year in Christian service and learning. YAV is present in 18 sites in the US and around the world. The goals of the program (from their website) are for volunteers:
- To experience living in intentional Christian community — Whether or not the young adults live under the same roof, they explore what it means to be a Christian community.
- To focus on spiritual formation — Through the mentorship of site coordinators and fellow interns, young adults reflect on their experiences and explore their relationship to the church and their ministry in a broken world.
- To engage young adults in the church’s mission — The church seeks to provide opportunities for young adults to serve the church and their communities. Young adults experience and develop leadership within communities of faith. With training and support, they can provide leadership in the mission field in the Presbyterian Church and in the ecumenical church.
- To assist YAVs in vocation discernment.
- To be present in communities of need and to facilitate young adults’ engagement in communities of need.
Spend some time at their web site, http://www.pcusa.org/yav/. You can find out more about their program and read the blogs of this years volunteers.
You can find the Young Adult Volunteers on our links page also.
We thank you for students, those exploring faith, discerning callings, and maturing into new responsibilities. We thank you for their mentors, who listen, challenge, and guide them on the path to adulthood. Walk with students in their fears, hopes, and dreams. Open their minds and hearts to your truth and your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen
From the 2008 Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study, Monday, May 19, 2008, May 19,2008
Formore information about the 2009 Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study from the Presbyterian Church (USA), to order, to read online.
Often when people think about “vocation” they think about church related work. Here at True North, we think more broadly about what vocation involves. Vocation has to do with how we integrate our faith, what we believe, with the totality of our life.
Here are a few quotes from Douglas J. Schuurman’s book, Vocation: Discerning our Callings in Life, to ponder on the subject of life as vocation.
“Vocation infuses mundane secular life with religious meaning, but secularism and capitalism strip mundane secular life of its religous meaning.” (xii)
“…many Christians in America,… find it difficult and strange to interpret their social, economic, poitical, and cultural life as responses to God’s callings.” (xii)
God calls people, “into their homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, and civic and political communities to serve God and neighbor. This task is neglected or endangered in many American churches by a resurgent church-centeredness that ascribes religous meaning exclusively or primarily to church-related roles and activities. ” (xii-xiii)
What do you think?