ELGIN, IL — Emerson Goering of McPherson has recently undertaken a Brethren Volunteer Service assignment with the Office of Public Witness in Washington D.C.

The Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness seeks to live the peace of Jesus publicly by educating on issues and peace theology, advocating on Capitol Hill, and organizing Church of the Brethren members and congregations to take action on issues of concern for the denomination.

Emmy will participate in ecumenical and interfaith advocacy coalitions and help organize Brethren members, congregations, districts, and national staff around issues of concern for the denomination. She will also assist with developing outreach and advocacy for a variety of issues and initiatives; develop appropriate educational advocacy materials based on scripture and Brethren policy; engage Brethren members in an active electronic network; and engage in research, writing, outreach strategizing, and event organizing.

Emmy is a member of the McPherson Church of the Brethren in McPherson. Emmy is a 2016 graduate of McPherson High School, where she was involved in activities such as FCCLA, Bel Canto Choir, 4-H, Forensics and Model UN.

Emmy is excited to be working with the Office of Public Witness for her time in BVS. She can be reached through the BVS office at 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120.

Emmy’s assignment to the Office of Public Witness followed an orientation based at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland where a group of 14 volunteers came together from all over the U.S. and Germany.

For three weeks, they lived together as a community and studied topics of nonviolence, human rights, poverty, and simple living. They also gained first-hand volunteer experience working with local organizations in New Windsor, Maryland and Washington D.C.

Orientation builds community spirit among participants through personal sharing, fellowship and increased knowledge of the world.

Emmy is taking part in a long-standing tradition of ministry through service. BVS, established in 1948, works at advocating justice, peacemaking, serving basic human needs, and maintaining the integrity of creation.

Approximately 60 current BVSers in the U.S. and abroad work with various peace and social/economic justice organizations. They focus on many current social needs including care for children, youth and senior citizens; ecological issues; homelessness; refugee assistance; domestic and international peacemaking; and general community services.

In exchange for their work, volunteers receive room, board and a small monthly stipend from their project.

Brethren Volunteer Service, a program of the Church of the Brethren, is open to any person 18 years or older interested in service through a Christian program.