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SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS BY MERCY VOLUNTEER CORPS

Join Mercy Volunteer Corps as we explore social justice issues that are prevalent in our world today. Events will specifically focus on the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and include Immigration, Non-Violence, Earth, Women, and Anti-Racism. Speakers will facilitate these sessions and help participants learn more about these areas and how we can be better advocates for social justice.

September 23, 2020: Immigration Alumni Patricia Grace, Joe Farmer, and Quetzalli Rocha will discuss immigration justice for MVC’s first event in the Social Justice Series. The panel will share their experiences as Mercy Volunteers serving at Catholic Migration Services and Women’s Intercultural Center. All three have continued careers in immigration and will passionately share stories and perspectives on challenges faced by immigrants and what we can do to be advocates for justice.

November 17, 2020: Non-Violence Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni, Matthew Guiffre, Alex Pierlott, Jen Sens, and Anneka Vanderveen, gather for a panel discussion about the Mercy Critical Concern of Nonviolence. The panel will share their experience and passion for nonviolent social change. They bring a variety of perspectives including teaching, social work, activism with children, teens, and those who are incarcerated, and criminal justice reform. Please join the Mercy community for this conversation about nonviolent social change. *6pm EST

January 26, 2021: Earth Anne Curtis RSM will discuss the critical concern for the care for earth and the initiatives of Mercy Ecology. Learn about opportunities to engage in earth justice work including a summer of service with MVC at Mercy EcoSpirituality Center.

March 16, 2021: Women Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni participate in a panel discussion on the Mercy Critical Concern of Women. Hear the experiences of former volunteers serving in women’s health, education, and advocacy.

May 20, 2021: Anti-Racism In the final session of Mercy Volunteer Corps’ Social Justice Series, we will discuss the spiritual practice of anti-racism. The Sisters of Mercy Institute Office of Anti-Racism and Racial Equity team will bring our attention to microaggressions in the workplace. Join us for a vulnerable and rich conversation as we work to become more intentional advocates of racial justice. 7:30PM ET/4:30PM PT

  • MVC will email you a link to the event!

SPIRITUALITY EVENTS BY MERCY VOLUNTEER CORPS

Join Mercy Volunteer Corps in deepening your spirituality. All faith backgrounds, traditions, and spiritual identifiers are welcome! We host a variety of events from meditation to bible study, Mercy spirituality to inter-faith dialogue. All events are hosted on the Zoom platform where participants will be seen and heard in order to engage in conversation. Questions can be directed to staff at contactus@mercyvolunteers.org.

October 13, 2020: Yoga & Meditation 8pm EST Mercy Volunteer Corps alumna, Jessie Biser, will be leading a restorative yoga and meditation session for the Mercy Community. Jessie served at Good Samaritan Clinic in Savanna in 2014-2015. She is an E-RYT 200 Yoga Instructor and is passionate about helping others develop a healthy lifestyle. Join MVC in this practice for mind, body, and spirit for all levels of experience.

December 6, 2020: Discernment Discernment is a spiritual practice of carefully considering your next steps, your gifts and passions, and how you can best serve yourself and the world around you. As you consider a year of service, Mercy Volunteer Corps invites you to a discernment spirituality night with Sister Ivette Diaz, RSM. Sister Ivette will offer prayer, tools, and reflections for those who are just beginning to consider a year of service, those considering where to serve, and those wondering how to continue their journey after their year of service. All are welcome!

February 17, 2021: Ash Wednesday Begin this Lenten season with a centering and hopeful spirituality night with Mercy Volunteer Corps. Join us and alumna Kitty Scanlan for prayer, reflection, and conversations for grounding in the present and hope for the future on February 17th at 7pm EST.

April 20, 2021: Earth & Nature Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni, Colleen and Trish (St. Michaels, Arizona ’20), host a gathering with the Mercy community in wonder and awe of creation. Reconnect in your relationship to life-giving energy as we approach Earth Day. *7:30 PM EST

  • MVC will email you a link to the event!

LIVE Q&A’S WITH MERCY VOLUNTEER CORPS

Interested in a year of service? Join Mercy Volunteer Corps for a Q&A! Staff, alumni, and current volunteers answer questions about their year of service, why they selecting their city, how volunteering has influenced their career, and more! All events are streamed on MVC’s YouTube page and previous recordings are available on our profile. Questions can be directed to staff at contactus@mercyvolunteers.org.

January 11, 2021: Healthcare Placements Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni and current volunteers answer questions about volunteering in the healthcare field (nursing, health advocate, etc.). Alumni talk about their experience applying to medical school and how their service year prepared them professionally.

February 8, 2021: Education Placements Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni and current volunteers answer questions about volunteering in the education field (teaching, special education, speech therapy etc.). Alumni talk about their experience in and out of the classroom!

March 1, 2021: Social Services Placements Mercy Volunteer Corps alumni and current volunteers answer questions about volunteering in the social services field (social worker, case management, etc.). Alumni talk about their experiences serving clients experiencing homelessness, addiction, refugee resettlement, and more.

June 1, 2021: Remaining Placements This session will feature placements still open to serve for the 2021-2022 volunteer year. We have placements available in healthcare, social services, and education. Tune in to hear from recent MVC alumni who served in these placements. As a nurse, an advocate, and an activities coordinator, they will share how their experience impact their professional and personal growth, as well as answer your questions. *8PM EST/5PM PST

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