Victoria Rue Volunteers in India
Organized by: Victoria Rue
I’m a theatre writer and director who uses the creative process for social change.
I am asking your help for a volunteer project in India, and follow up projects in the U.S. While I am very happy to be sponsored by Volunteers in Global Service [http://www.volunteersinglobalservice.org/], they don’t offer any financial support. So it is that I’m seeking $5000 for travel and workshop expenses.
What am I doing in India? I am working with VISTHAR for 6 weeks in Bangalore. October 4--Nov. 16. Visthar is a secular, non-profit organization, committed to enabling women, children and other marginalized peoples realize their rights. They rehabilitate children at risk, and train activists, organizations and students to work for a just society. To do this, they work with other civil society organizations and faith based communities.
What kind of volunteer work will I do there?
--For the first two weeks I’ll lead a theatre workshop with 9—17 year old Dalit – impoverished- girls who are in a school run by Vishtar. Together, we will create a short empowering play about their lives and they will perform it in a local village.
--As a professor of Comparative Religious Studies, and an out lesbian, I will lead a theatre workshop as part of a three day Religion and Sexuality Conference. It will have a special focus on the lives of LGBTQ people.
--I will present Biblical Drama workshops to college students and seminarians in the Bangalore area. They will be focused on: what can we learn about peacemaking from the Inter-Faith story of Sarah/Hagar/Abraham/Ishmael and Isaac as seen in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
--Vishtar has asked me to give their memorial Sebastian Kappen Lecture which focuses on the role of religion and culture in social transformation. My topic will be the creative process as a method for social and spiritual change.
--As a Roman Catholic woman priest, I’ll offer my story of ordination after a showing of the film “Pink Smoke Over the Vatican.”
--Earlier that same day, I will preside at an open air Ecumenical Mass on the grounds of Vishtar.
As you can see, this is going to be a very full time--- and one which I eagerly anticipate.
So if you can find it in your heart and your pocketbook to support this volunteer venture, your investment will reach young girls and their surrounding village, LGBTQ folks in Bangalore, inter-faith college students and faculty, ecumenical partners and even a few Roman Catholics! In return, I will share my work with all of you via a blog with photos and finally a written article that will describe my journey and its results.
Thanks for considering my request.
Sources: www.visthar.org , www.victoriarue.com