Lives of Purpose 2017
The Lives of Purpose community engages a select group of first-year students in local community service, intentional community building, and active reflection on ethical and communal commitments.

We partner with the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter to create opportunities for learning and fun with youths without secure housing. Active involvement includes weekly community service, active participation in monthly small and large group discussions and activities, and a high motivation to explore one's own commitments. Group meetings establish a space where intentional reflection and community building can occur.

Students will ask not only, "what is my work in the world?" but also, "to what purpose should we pledge our common effort?"

Open to all incoming students of any or no religious tradition. If interested, we encourage you to select the Civic Engagement COOT option, though this is not required.

For more information, contact Kurt Nelson, Dean of Religious & Spiritual Life, kdnelson@colby.edu or Thu Le, program coordinator nnle@colby.edu.

Applications are open for first year students, with a first read-through on July 15, 2017, and will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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Let us get to know you by sharing a little bit about yourself. *
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Please describe a few core commitments and/or values that are important to your sense of self. *
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Why are you interested in being a part of the Lives of Purpose program? *
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What has been your past involvement with community service, volunteering, or social justice work. What are your motivations/inspirations for this involvement? Note: Those who have limited experience are most welcome, please simply explain why you are excited to start this work at Colby. *
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Please describe one experience you have had engaging issues of ethnic, religious, or class diversity. What did you learn from this experience and, if relevant, how do you feel you contributed positively to the situation? *
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Volunteer service, intentional community and group reflection on ethical and/or religious commitment are the three components of Lives of Purpose. What do you hope to gain and what do you imagine contributing to the intentional community and reflection opportunities in the LOP program? *
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What's your 'big question'? What's something you wish to discuss in community with peers?
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I understand that this is a year-long program involving weekly community service and regular group meetings and wish to make such a commitment. *
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