Erika Espey-Sundt, St. Olaf College grad, just finished up her LVC year living in Imani House in the Twin Cities. This is what she had to say about spending a year with LVC.
“I just finished my year of service with LVC at Lutheran Social Service of MN – Camp Noah where I researched communities across the US affected by disaster and community trauma. Through outreach and continued conversation our team is working to host 15 camps nationwide this summer to work alongside community members in the long-term disaster recovery process. I was lucky to have the opportunity to attend one of our first camps of the season in Kern Valley, CA where we responded to the Erskine fire in 2016, bringing resiliency and preparedness skills to children in the surrounding communities.
One of the biggest things I learned during my LVC year is to continue to seek and welcome different perspectives. There is so much we can learn from each other if we are committed to listening and engaging with each other. Next steps after LVC include moving to Oslo and starting a yearlong program at the Norwegian School of Theology focusing on the intersection of sociology, political science, and religion in contemporary Norway.”