Called to Service: Young Adult Volunteer Panel Discussion

Date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: St. Mary’s Hall (Language House), Multi-Purpose Room, 0105
Across the street from the Adele Stamp Student Union
Parking available in the Stamp Union Garage ($3/hour)

Join us for dinner and hear young adults speak about their exciting volunteer internships (DC area and international), and how their service experiences are impacting self-understanding and plans for their professional futures.

Panel themes include: Leadership Development, Vocational/Professional Discernment, Cross-Cultural Learnings, Social Justice, and Theological Reflection.

Guest Speakers: Gabriella LePore, Lynette Piña, Mara Sawdy, Andy Thomas, Kirsten Wee, Angela Williams
(Some of our speakers bios are listed below.)

For more information contact Chaplain Holly Ulmer, ulmer@umd.edu, (301)405-8450

Facebook: L3 – Listen, Learn, Lead
https://www.facebook.com/events/1240232755993260/

Sponsored by:
L3: Listen, Learn, Lead
University Career Center & The President’s Promise
PC(U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteer Program – Washington DC Site
Catholic Terps
Lutheran Campus Ministry
The Wesley: the United Methodist Campus Ministry
United Campus Ministry
{Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), United Church of Christ}

Some of our wonderful speakers include:

Lynette Piña, originally from California but more recently Arkansas, was first introduced to the YAV program by members of the Presbyterian World Mission in El Salvador and was intrigued by their high remarks. She studied Religion and Philosophy at University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. As part of her daily mission, she likes to make others feel joy and share God’s love. She also enjoys reading, outdoor activities, and solving puzzles.

Mara Sawdy is a recent graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where she majored in Environmental Science and minored in Peace Studies. Through these areas of study, she got to work with local residents through the ALLARM program taking local water quality samples and participating in the American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago. Both of these experiences gave me a desire to want to help not only on the local level, but on the global scale as well. This year she is giving back to the world and help others in our nation’s capital through her work with the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness and Miriam’s Kitchen.

Andy Thomas was born in upstate New York and grew up in Tucson, AZ with a very supportive and close family. He was active in the church where his dad is a pastor and developed a passion for helping and working with those less fortunate in high school. After high school he went to Northern Arizona University and graduated with a Political Science major and a minor in History. Following graduation he moved to Portland, OR hoping to pursue his dreams of working with a homeless support network. After only finding unrewarding work in restaurants, he decided to give the YAV program a chance to find purpose and meaning in his work. He has enjoyed the opportunity to pursue his passion in mission work, to explore another corner of our country for a year, and to explore God’s role in his life through his work with Church of the Pilgrims.

Angela Williams, originally from Rock Hill, SC, has grown up in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and served as a YAV in the Philippines (14-15) and now in DC. In 2014, she graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, where she majored in Religion and Psychology and minored in Poverty and Human Capability Studies. Her next venture into the academic realm will be at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and University of Texas-Austin, where she will pursue the MDiv/MSSW in the fall of 2016. After traveling the world with W&L and the YAV program, she have answered the call to live, learn, and serve in our nation’s capitol through her work with NEXT Church and New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.

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