Woolman Blog

What Does Service Have to Do With Peace Studies?

Zoë Dillon-Davidson, Student
Sunday, October 25, 2009

My service trip was amazing. I had one of the best weeks I’ve ever had working and learning. I met many different new people through volunteering, and grew closer to the people I already knew. It was also a lot of fun.  But I must admit I was having trouble figuring out how it related to Peace Studies class, which it was the official field trip for. Then, after a class reading that explained service in a spiritual sense, and a discussion in Humanities and Ethics, I began to understand.

Going Out On the Line

Ruby Brinkerhoff, Student
Friday, October 23, 2009

For my service trip, I traveled to Yuba City to work with the Western Farm Worker’s Association. The idea of service is one that has been slowly flowering in my mind since the trip, and I have come to find that service has many meanings.

My Commitment to Service

Jennifer Thao, Student
Friday, October 23, 2009

Throughout my life I have always aspired to serve others. Even when I was a little girl I’d always help my mother care for my sick siblings or work in the garden. When I got to high school I joined a service club, where I fell in love with being able to assist others. As I work more with different organizations, I realize that there are so many issues and people in desperate need of help.

Simple Gifts

Bridget Mendel, Community Intern
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free

It’s good to be biking up and down damp roads under October’s yellowing trees. The morning smells like wood smoke and rain. The wind last night left the road paved with green and copper pine needles, oak leaves, and acorns. We are biking into downtown Grass Valley for our first day of Service Week, equipped with raincoats and apples.

The Squash Toss: Many Hands Make Work Light

Emily Olsen, Community Intern
Monday, October 12, 2009

“Uno!” I shouted, following Jeremy’s exclamation as I turned to the left and tossed the latest butternut squash to Ben. I heard “uno” echo down the line while I rotated back to receive the next squash and repeat Jeremy’s “dos”.  Slightly perspiring and feeling a hunger twinge creeping up in my stomach, I couldn’t contain my mirthful grin. This was fun; really fun.

Joining the Herd

Jeremy Delaney-Peterson, Student
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

While eating brunch as a community, I watched the cows cross campus as they do every day, with Jerome following behind. Having decided to take him up on his offer to milk a cow, I finished my meal and ventured to the barn. With a warm and inviting welcome, he told me to come on inside…

Slaughterhouse Ethics

Marc Lichterman, Student
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Wednesday morning unlike any other. We began with the trek toward the UC Davis slaughterhouse, anxiety obvious in many of our faces and in our strained laughs as we descended towards what was to be an important event for many of us. For the meat eaters, a test of our conviction that eating the flesh of a once living creature is something we can deal with.