My childhood was divided between growing up in the foothills of Mt. Kenya in East Africa as a missionary kid, and high school years spent in Little Rock, Arkansas. More recently, I came from Indiana with my partner, Lizz Schallert. Since our move in March of 2014, we have been glad to call Wilderness Way community our spiritual home as well as our deep kin here in Portland.
Dave Pritchett is the third Intern Coordinator with EcoFaith Recovery. He is a former intern with EcoFaith Recovery. For information on his project as an intern go here.
Minda internship was focused upon enhancing the role of the website and integrating blog and social media into the communications strategy of EcoFaith Recovery. We have Minda to thank for the creation of new pages and updating of content on our website this summer!
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As part of her certificate program in nonprofit management, Karen created a document for EcoFaith Recovery that could be used by future Core Team/Board Members to better understand EcoFaith Recovery history and development.
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Shelby grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent many weekends being shaped by city life and the forests and mountains. She had been aware of issues of social and environmental injustice from an early age and wanted to pursue either social work or forest conservation. Shelby thought they were two separate worlds and that to devote herself to one meant she would neglect the other.
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Karin was born and raised in the Portland area. She's attended St. James Lutheran Church for her entire life and is now a member of the church council. Her connection with St. James and the people there is very important to her. Some of the most memorable and impactful experiences have been ones surrounding her mission trips.
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Barbara Willer practicum was part of her Masters of Divinity degree at Marylhurst University. Her focus was to integrate what she has learned about ecology, theology, and recovery from consumerism by participating on the leadership team for the Organizing in the Bio-Commons course and being a part of Core Team conversations through which the mission of EcoFaith Recovery is further developed and put into practice.
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Susanna (Turtle) Farahat
Turtle Internship was called: What Moves You? Exploring the how? of transitions into new relationships with money/exchange/wealth. She explored this topic through conversations with people who are living into another way of relating to money/exchange/wealth, and conversations with others who may have considered alternatives but who still find themselves primarily in mainstream relationships to money/exchange/wealth.
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Nathan internship prepared him to lead and carry out a 47 day long youth camp during 2013 which will include teaching, conversation, experiences of the biosphere (hikes, canoe/kayak outing, Cosmic Walk, etc.), and games.
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Nikki developed a workshop for teenage girls and young women focusing on how a recovery from consumerist addiction would lead to the rehabilitation of the female body and the Earth.
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Jason Wood and his wife Anna live in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia, where they seek to practice radical hospitality as part of the Servants Vancouver community. Passionate about indigenous and climate justice, he organizes with Earthkeepers: Christians for Climate Justice and participates in Anglican-based Salal and Cedar, a watershed discipleship community. For his internship project, he is developing and running Red Clover Farm, a small urban farm re-connecting people to their food sources and to one another.
Chloe recently graduated West Linn High School in the class of 2016. She is interested in Biology and planning to major in Environmental Science at California Lutheran next fall. Chloe enjoys reading, hiking, and listening to music in her free time. She was elected president of the International club during senior year and was a participant of the school tennis team. Chloe has a strong passion for the arts and hopes to incorporate her interest in her future career. Her long-term goal is to encourage others to help protect the earth and promote worldwide change.
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Sarah Holst is a bioregional theologian, artist, and Masters of Divinity student living in the Tischer Creek Watershed of Duluth, Minnesota. Sarah is on an ordination journey with the Roman Catholic Womenpriests: an international initiative within the Catholic Church to cultivate a new, gender-inclusive, expansive definition of priesthood. Sarah is among the youngest to be engaging a call with this movement.
Sarah Holst is the fourth Intern Coordinator with EcoFaith Recovery. She is a current intern with EcoFaith Recovery. Read More About Sarah
Haylie Isaacson is currently a sophomore at Westview High School. When she grows up, she would like to be a preschool or elementary school teacher. Haylie enjoys writing, dancing and doing art projects. Coloring is her favorite but she also enjoys collages, making posters and stamping. Haylie would like to grow as a leader through this internship by working with a community and feeling more connected to God. She is interested in building more confidence when speaking in front of groups and practice finding my voice.
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Molly Hartshorn has resided in the Portland area since graduating with a Bachelors of Music from Western Washington University in 2015. She is now a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Beaverton and will be beginning her seminary education with Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in the fall of 2016. As she prepares for a life in ministry, Molly hopes to develop her leadership and organizing skills and deepen her understanding of the realities of the climate crisis during her time with EcoFaith.
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Chase Isaacson is currently a senior at Westview High school. He enjoys filmmaking, video games, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. He's been given the chance to join EcoFaith: Returning to the Rhythms of God course through the use of filmmaking and is very excited to get started. Chase hopes the videos he creates can be shared for many people to show the importance of EcoFaith and what it is all about.
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Michelle currently attends Liberty High School as a Sophomore. She is interested in Psychology and hopes to study that throughout college at Pacific Lutheran University. Michelle enjoys listening to music, reading, and being outdoors in her free time. She is an active member in her schools Key Club and hopes to maybe run the club one day. She also loves going to Camp Lutherwood here in Oregon, and plans on being a camp counselor in the future.
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Elizabeth was drawn to the EcoFaith internship because of the specific focus of video and media production that was called for. But through conversation and consideration her project with aim to connect the EcoFaith Community as well as tell and weave it's story through this time of discernment and outlook of the future of the organization. **Elizabeth is currently working on a documentary film.**
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Kirra's internship involved working with the Beyond Fossil Fuels initiative. Her internship will consist of assisting BFF with short term and long term strategies, streamlining practices, and providing administrative support where needed.
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For his internship Matt explored the intersection of environmental justice, permaculture, theology, and social justice.
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Noah is someone who feels that consumerism is a culture created by humanity, and that we find ourselves caught in the currents of advertising and popularity. So for his internship Noah was looking at how to make sure we are conscious of our consumption and its effects on the environment.
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For her internship, Tess originally planned to develop the mission and vision for a cafe she wanted to open that would bring together her passions for food, community, justice, and working with the marginalized.
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She plans to engage with leaders as they shape the organization's media content for a consistent, clear, and unified message.
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Sara Gross Samuelson
Sara Gross Samuelson was the second Intern Coordinator with EcoFaith Recovery serving from January 2015 - Oct 2015.
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Redbird engaged in a mini-Internship with EcoFaith Recovery to support his leadership development through a four-week intensive service-learning project on Eloheh Farm.
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