October 26, 2020
By Meghan Petersen, a Mercy Volunteer Corps alumna who served in Georgetown, Guyana, South America
Voting season is quite possibly the best span of time every two to four years. It’s a chance to sit and envision what we want our communities to be. Voting is all about listening; it is intentionally taking time to hear what our hearts are drawn to in seeking a more just world; it is listening to those who are disenfranchised and not allowed a voice in the voting process. It is casting a vote to say you matter, we matter, what we believe in matters. Listening with our vote is a gesture of welcoming and inclusion as we join together to recognize our shared lineage and our unique circumstances.
It is hard for me to choose which issues are the most important, because we are incredibly interconnected in Earth and body. Listening to community and heart is value-based. In reflecting about my Mercy Volunteer Corps experience and reading more about voting as a spiritual practice, I realized that my time serving as a Mercy Volunteer in Guyana created a foundation of new values. Service instilled in me the importance of hospitality, empathy, nonviolence and sacredness. Voting with intention follows these values.Read More