• Pacific Northwest: Shifting Blessings

    As a result of challenging each other, the prayer and varying notions of God became more meaningful. Both of us believe that by accepting God as a complicated figure, we can begin to accept our complex selves and occasional failures too.


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  • Costa Rica: Part of The Community

    Most amazingly, the trip has so many adventures, yet I choose to express what I've learned because it has been unlike anything I could have expected--and I'm only halfway through the journey.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: The Summer of a Lifetime

    These job sites do not just benefit the staff and residents at Regency or the counselors and kids of Play SAFE. They benefit us, the UMC participants, who will go home with experiences, friends, and memories we will never forget.


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  • Pacific Northwest: Out of Many, One

    The Shma reminds us of the importance of Oneness in our lives and in the work we are doing.  We have begun to create one community amongst ourselves, and as we prepare for the work of the week ahead, we know that it not only embodies the central creed of our faith as Jews, but it also embodies one of the original goals of this country's founders - a goal that is now the official motto of America. E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, One.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from New Jersey!

    Our hearts have been affected by so many of the people we have met over the past four weeks, by the children at Play SAFE, the speakers and presenters we have heard from, and of course, each other.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Costa Rica!

    Much like Moses revealing the teachings of the Shema and V'ahavtah to the Israelites in our parsha, we've introduced our participants to new ways to view and carry out Jewish values -- no matter if it is in the wilderness or in their own backyard.


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  • Costa Rica: Full of Happiness

    The most inspiring moments for me, however, have been when learning about the independence, resilience, and togetherness in tico communities. This strong sense of community and support have left a strong impression on me, and I hope we can all take these values home with us when we leave.


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  • Urban Mitzvah Corps: Sharing Our Summer

    Urban Mitzvah Corps has ignited my flame for social action. I’ve created friendships that will last forever and memories that will never be forgotten. I cannot wait to take all of my knowledge and experiences from UMC back to my temple and hometown.


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  • American South: Leaving this Trip Inspired

    It’s not about us anymore, it is about everyone now. Everyone needs to learn what happened during slavery, during the civil rights movement, and even now with wrongful imprisonment and continued racial discrimination. Once we have the knowledge, we can start to fix our world for a better tomorrow.


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  • American South: 48 Hours in Mississippi

    There are some people in Mississippi, however, who are rising above the average in this state. They are not only speaking out that the state should do better, but they are also attempting to implement change.


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