Reading Week 2012 included the following experiences:
A group of students traveled to Georgia to spend time at Jubilee, an intentional Christian community offering hospitality to refugees. This group, while doing some physical service, focused on learning about Christian community, simplicity, and radical hospitality.
For the first half of Reading Week, a group headed to Toronto to participate in Mennonite Central Committee’s “Toronto Ontario Opportunities for Learning and Service” program. This program focuses on learning about the realities of poverty and homelessness in Canada.
For the second half of the week, another group of students stayed close to their Grebel home and volunteered for a variety of local organizations. They stayed at a local church and learned about issues facing the local community and how people are responding. They worked with service agencies including a women’s shelter, food bank, homeless shelter, and thrift store, among others.
Most years, Grebel has sent a group of students to serve with MDS. MDS primarily works in communities working to recover from a natural disaster. In 2012, the group traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to help clean up and rebuild after a number of devastating tornadoes hit the region.