Seattle University and Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JV EnCorps) are joining together to offer SU alumni and friends a unique opportunity to serve the greater good of our local communities through service with others. Grounded in Jesuit values, this new program supports members’ spiritual growth in an open and affirming community. This particular group will be unique in that all members will be SU alumni & friends, plus the monthly community meetings will be held on campus. It is a way to grow in service and spirituality with a group who have shared a love and commitment to Seattle University and now seek to deepen their impact through service within the surrounding community.
JV EnCorps, a program of JVC Northwest, facilitates transformative opportunities for intentional service, community and spiritual formation for older adults committed to social and ecological justice. During their ten months of part-time volunteer service, participants ages 50 and older meet together regularly in a community for personal and spiritual growth, to share about their volunteer experiences and explore the values of simple living and social & ecological justice. The upcoming program year begins in September 2016 with an opening retreat followed by monthly community meetings. For more information or to apply visit: http://jvencorps.org or contact Helen Pitts, JV EnCorps Seattle Program Coordinator: JVESeattle@jvcnorthwest.org or 206-305-8911
This month, Seattle University alumna and JV EnCorps volunteer Nancy Walton-House, '64, reflects on the role of Jesuit education and Ignatian Spirituality in her life, and her recent experience volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps. In Nancy’s own words…
Growing up the Jesuits were and still are a very important part of my life. I graduated in 1964 from SU with a B.A. in Sociology, earned an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, completed post-graduate work and was awarded professional certification in organization development. I worked in the education, human services and healthcare industries as an individual, organizational and community development consultant. Since I retired from full-time work and took a much-needed rest, I continue to work part-time as a consultant-facilitator in the fields of positive aging and social justice. I currently volunteer as the leader of an Ignatian Spirituality Group in my parish, lead an Aging Well Learning Community and facilitate Wisdom Cafes for the King County Library System, and am a member of SU’s Leadership Council for the College of Arts and Sciences. I will continue to give my time, talent and treasure as long as I can because it is good for others and for me too.
I love Jesuit education and Ignatian Spirituality and my strong sense of purpose, meaning, commitment to serve others and gratitude is a direct result of these two things. I appreciate the great opportunities we have in this region to continue learning and growing spiritually at any stage of life. Last year I enjoyed participating in and completing the Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JVE) Program in Seattle. Our community met monthly to pray together, learn more about Ignatian Spirituality, explore volunteer opportunities and hear about members’ service placements. I also participated in an inter-generational Jesuit Volunteer Corps Book Club focused on the values of simple living, community, social and environmental justice and spirituality. I was inspired, challenged, encouraged and supported by the great people I met and made some new friends. Participating in this program is one of the best things I’ve done for myself in later life. Now I look forward to co-facilitating the JV EnCorps Seattle U Alumni & Friends group beginning September 2016. I hope you will join us!!