Moving

Moving by Reflecting

Our teams’ names for Scavenger hunt game are Joan of Arc and Hildegard of Bingen. These women are the Saints who made waves of the feminine movement in God’s name. They are radical and they took steps out of the norms. As I reflect on their names, I remember how I didn’t think about how they can teach me about being a part of the movement.

 

Moving by A Song

The song, “Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly” shows me the significant work when taking actions. I learned that song at the YAV orientation back in August. I found myself singing it in my head after looking at the banners whenever I walked around New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.

 

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A picture was taken by me

 

 

Moving by Performing

I joined an interplay at the Racial Justice festival. Interplay is a free creative expression. It’s like a theatrical improv body movement. When creating movements, I felt self-conscious. Then, I shut my mind off and did it. I found myself connecting well with strangers through the movement workshop. I felt great after that workshop because I got to be creative.

Moving by Seeing

When we went to see “The Hate U Give” movie as a part of our community engagement over Thanksgiving holiday, I sat there with my Closed Caption glasses on. I am glad that I used the glasses. I was able to experience the movie as much as I can. Watching the movie led me to have a reflection time on my privilege and my realities.

Moving by Walking

I saw the Christmas tree from my spot as I walked. I decided to walk toward it. I am glad that I walked toward the tree because it gave me an appreciation of Washington DC and its beauty. I have not had an experience of seeing a giant Christmas tree in the middle of the downtown area back in the mountains, so somehow DC feels home.

 

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A picture was taken by me

 

 

Moving by Stillness

Tara suggested that I bless the clothing donations for Radcliffe Room’s closet. When I blessed every article of the clothes, it caused me to be in the stillness. The time actually flew by when I did that and I accomplished a lot.

Moving by Praying

I did the children’s message teaching them with American Sign Language (ASL). It has been a while since I prayed aloud in ASL to God. The last time was when I was in 11th grade with the ASL teacher praying with us. I am thankful for the experience.

Moving by Reading

I wrote a poem at the Race and Mindfulness festival. My poem is very close and personal to me so I do not want to publish it. I realize that I enjoy writing my poems. Writing poems has so much more freedom than prose. I found myself able to express creatively. One day, I will share it.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity to give donations to the YAV-DC as part of the Giving Tuesday if you feel the call. The goal is $2,000 by January. Your donations will keep our Washington D.C. YAV Site going. Your support and your prayers would help me.

Mail Donation:

Please write checks to National Capital Presbytery

In the memo line include:  Kasey Kelly – YAV

11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1009
Rockville, MD 20852

Donate online:
https://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/e051477/

When entering a Billing information for Step 3 part of the donation, on comments/instructions section, type: e051477 and Kasey Kelly

Prayers and/or donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you!

 

Lessons and Moments

Last couple weeks and few days, I adjusted and learned in my placement at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (NYAPC). I have been learning and doing something new at my YAV house, a workplace, and a community.

At my YAV house, I looked over at the house’s library and found that it has Harry Potter series. I motivated myself to read the series because this is best time to explore it. Then, I enjoyed it so much and I was reading the fourth book but finished it. I am onto the fifth one, which I have to say that it is difficult one to read. I hope that I can have some supports from Harry Potter Fans as I read the fifth one and I welcome any discussions about the series.

I found a love in watching The Great British Baker. Thanks to my housemate, Emily. Watching The Great British Baker is my new self-care. I find it enjoyable and I feel at ease. I laughed at some parts where I can feel their stresses. I realize that it shows up in my cooking on my first two weeks because I had never cooked for 6 of us. Then, I made a choice to allow myself to cook, just simply cooking and remember to double the recipes. Then, my vegetarian meals came out well. I am still proud of myself when I made panko covered cauliflower and rice.

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Pankos-Covered Cauliflower and Rice

 

At my workplace, I found the joy in doing a database for the community club, the tutoring program. To relax and taking a break, I organize the donations for Radcliffe Closet. For the Radcliffe Room, I get to know the guests. For the Community Club event, I went to the Camp and took a position of arts and crafts including American Sign Language (ASL) Bingo. I learned to make Cobra Lanyard bracelets for arts and crafts. I am thankful for the students and tutors from the Community Club who teach me on how to do the crafts, batting for the softball, and learning about their insights.

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Cobra Lanyard Bracelet (Left) and Knotted Keychain (Right)

 

As a part of my own way of engagement with a community, I feel blessed that I am able to visit National Museum of African American History and Culture. It was powerful and very important history. Some part of their history need to be recognized instead of being invisible. I need to say that I should give them a lot of credits for the U.S. Battles and Economy. I didn’t recognize how much they have done in the military and revolutionary wars. I didn’t learn it in school. I didn’t know until I visited the museum. I didn’t think about it and now, I learn that I need to find and see the forgotten parts hidden among the U.S. history and culture including today’s society.

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Picture taken at National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

I welcome the donations and/or prayers from you. Thank you so much!

Mail Donation:

Please write checks to National Capital Presbytery

In the memo line include:  Kasey Kelly – YAV

11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1009
Rockville, MD 20852

Donate online:
https://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/e051477/

When entering a Billing information for Step 3 part of the donation, on comments/instructions section, type: e051477 and Kasey Kelly

 

 

God is Involved

I arrived at Stony Point-PCUSA conference center on August 20. Immediately, I felt homesick because it is so different and out of my comfort zone. I cried for minutes and then joined in Kan Jam game. I and my other teammate scored well but we did not win. At least, I managed to dunk a frisbee into a can and threw frisbee smoothly. I was like, finally, I did something new on my first day and did it successfully!

Then, first few days, I sat in the auditorium for hours and hours with 5-10 minutes along with multiples of 1-hour meal break. I was like this was like taking GRE. One session showed me how my identities would impact my work as a volunteer. I was like yeah,  I had to deal with my voice in my head on how other people would think of me when I voice in a certain way. Then, I found the name for what exactly that I did. The speaker said, “I had to policing myself.” This concept is called “Self-Monitoring.” Then, I conclude that God involves in my life because I placed too much on myself.

God involves in my life including in my plan no matter what.

While pondering on how I would do my year on a second week after learning and gaining personal insights, I realized that my relationship with God is not a trusting, deepened relationship. Yes, even me as a Pastor’s kid suffers this. I want to control my plan. Yet, God plays a role in my plans because that is how I got a call to do YAV. However, I had some moments where I had too many “What ifs.” In a perfect timing, my housemates and I met Deacon Shani Mcllwain. Mcllwain showed the importance of praising God at all time. To have faith in God is to place God first ahead of everything. My challenge for this year is to place God first and trust God.

 

Fundraising is important skill to have and lessons for me as I may work in a church or any organizations. I know God has a plan for me but for this year, it is me working in a Presbyterian church at D.C. Your support and your prayers would help me. Your donations help our Washington D.C. Site.

Mail Donation:

Please write checks to National Capital Presbytery

In the memo line include:  Kasey Kelly – YAV

11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1009
Rockville, MD 20852

Donate online:
https://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/e051477/

When entering a Billing information for Step 3 part of the donation, on comments/instructions section, type: e051477 and Kasey Kelly

 

Prayers and/or donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you!