Jonathan Stauffer

Jonathan Stauffer

Bethany Theological seminary, MA

HOMETOWN

Palo, Illinois

UNDERGRAD & MAJOR(S)

Manchester University, General Physics

WHAT KIND OF SERVICE EXPERIENCE HAVE YOU HAD IN THE PAST?

Since high school, I have served as a summer camp counselor and participated with several short-term volunteer trips to countries in Central and South America.

Most recently, I served through Brethren Volunteer Service in Washington DC for a year and a half. My placement was at the Office of Public Witness for the Church of the Brethren. While there I advocated on issues related to environmental stewardship and policies that alleviated hunger and poverty.

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY SERVICE/SOCIAL JUSTICE WHILE IN SEMINARY?

I helped organized a compost collection site in our residential students neighborhood. I've written about food justice issues and environmental stewardship in some my seminary courses. 

WHAT TYPE OF MINISTRY DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING?

I see myself doing ministry that improves community vitality and ecological awareness. Some of my interests are summer camp counseling, outdoor education, and community gardening. I am also interested in educating people to become more energy efficient and live eco-friendly lifestyles.

WHAT TOPICS OR ISSUES WOULD YOU BE OPEN TO SHARING ABOUT WITH GROUPS?

Earth care, food justice, simple living, local food systems, community service, wilderness skills, music, climate change mitigation, Christian theology, interfaith dialog, ending racism, and environmental justice.

WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE COURSES IN UNDERGRAD? SEMINARY?

Science and history courses were my favorite as an undergrad.

At seminary, I enjoyed courses that surveyed the Biblical canon. I also enjoyed two courses that discussed topics between science and religion, ecological theology and process theology.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?

One of my dream jobs would be a paid coordinator for a community garden that fed people in need in the summer and offered school trips for kids in the fall or spring. This could be on a city lot or a school's campus. Then I could read up on ecological theology or research ways to address environmental and food justice issues during the winter.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING ON CHANGING THE WORLD?

I like conversations with friends, listening to music, singing, playing djembe, Bible study, hiking, biking and cooking healthy food.