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Victoria Rue Volunteers in India

Organized by: Victoria Rue

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THE STORY:

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

$4,414

 

88% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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  • Kathryn Poethig

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Tom Hampson

    $100

  • Rebecca Tait

    $100

  • Sibyl Dana Reynolds

    $100

  • Johanna Poethig

    $100

  • M Golabek

    $360

  • Margaret Poethig

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Gerald Shenk

    $100

  • Joanna Truelson

    $40

  • val seymour

    $100

  • Ray Sendejas

    $100

  • Mary E. Hunt and Diann L. Neu

    $100

  • Martha Boesing

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $54

  • C and M

    $250

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    $100

  • Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Paula Grace

    $150

  • Chris Brown

    $50

  • Mary and Roger

    $100

  • Cheryl Bough

    $100

  • Mike Reddig

    $100

  • Marjorie Donalds

    $100

  • Susan Fox

    $100

  • Debra Hannula

    $100

  • Judy and Charlie

    $100

  • Zayn Kassam

     

  • Julia Arce

     

  • Rosemary Moore and Joshua Shneider

    $50

  • Joan and Meg

    $200

  • Rev. Michael Patrick Ellard

    $200

  • Diana Wear

    $100

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  • Kristin Brownstone

    $50

  • Ann-Cathrin Jarl

    $100

  • AV Coyle

    $30

  • Donnieau Snyder

    $100

  • Harriet and Nancy

    $50

  • Lois Ann Lorentzen

    $150

  • Diana & Timothy

    $100

  • Lawrence Mirkin

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Donor Comments

Lawrence Mirkin

Lawrence Mirkin

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Diana & Timothy

Diana & Timothy

DONATION: $100

As an educator and artist, you influence the lives of so many - why not add India to that list of your recipients! Wishing you much success in your goals while there. 4 years ago

Lois Ann Lorentzen

Lois Ann Lorentzen

DONATION: $150

4 years ago

Harriet and Nancy

Harriet and Nancy

DONATION: $50

With joy! 4 years ago

Donnieau Snyder

Donnieau Snyder

DONATION: $100

I wish I could do more. You've done more for me than I could ever afford to repay. God bless you and good luck on your journey. My prayers are with you and with all the women you'll encounter along your journey. 4 years ago

AV Coyle

AV Coyle

DONATION: $30

In memory of Edie Trotno: Perhaps the most empowering act we can perform is to support all persons, and especially women, who have stopped going to school so that they may continue their education. Thank you, Victoria, for giving women their own tools to help strengthen themselves and their communities. 4 years ago

Ann-Cathrin Jarl

Ann-Cathrin Jarl

DONATION: $100

Best wishes on your Volunteers in Global Service work. 4 years ago

Kristin Brownstone

Kristin Brownstone

DONATION: $50

What a wonderful cause and trip Victoria. Love what you are doing. 4 years ago

supporter of good cause

supporter of good cause

changing the world one by one 4 years ago

Diana Wear

Diana Wear

DONATION: $100

May you go with the support--financial and ecclesial--with many blessings from those of us who stand behind your prophetic witness. Thank you for having the courage and determination to carry on these important messages. 4 years ago

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