I’ve been thinking about peace lately: what does it mean beyond the absence of violence? What kind of care is necessary to address peace nearby and abroad? How might these questions influence my personal and vocational responsibilities going forward?

College offered me a few clues. As a student in the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, I focused on ethics in policy-making alongside minors in political science and religion. While my education has given me some understanding of the composition of community, I still find myself wondering about how information is applied.

This questioning has been underscored by an understanding that the political is not only personal–it is spiritual too. I joined First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor shortly after arriving to college. I remember wanting a community that would support an intellectual faith but I found so much more. Mentors in the church have supported my spiritual development and questioning since I started attending four years ago. Practicing meditation, getting coffee, and singing in the choir ordered the time between studying and work.

This fall, I will be joining the Presbyterian Church’s Young Adult Volunteer program. As a volunteer, the PC(USA) will support my assistance of nonprofit partners in Colombia: a country currently implementing its own initiatives for peace. My hope is that walking alongside Colombians at this time will open my assumptions about policy, politics, and faith while I discern my responsibilities in the years that follow.

A lot of this description is necessarily incomplete. I’m still learning about what this year will be about. This blog will be a place where I can keep you updated on what’s going on as things continue.