Social Justice and the Confirmed Introvert [at Sojourners]

Social Justice and the Confirmed Introvert: Find your (quiet) place in the Irresistible Revolution

I’ve been reading an early copy of my friend D.L. Mayfield’s gorgeous new book Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Discovery Faithwhich comes out in August. She has worked extensively with the refugee community and has influenced my journey when it comes to the upside-down Kingdom of God…and my role in it.

I’ve been wanting to share with you for a while about my work in the donation room at Arrive Ministries — an organization serving immigrants and refugees here in the Twin Cities of Minnesota — for some time now. And as I read this book, it seemed like a good time to process some of my thoughts about being an introvert and figuring out how to approach the service work that seems so tied to the God of love and justice and mercy.

So I wrote this piece about Shane Claiborne and his irresistible revolution, about finding a way to join in the complex, messy hard beauty of the upside down kingdom while still honoring the part of my soul that desperately needs space, rest, alone time, and quiet.

The post went up at Sojourners late Friday afternoon. I hope you’ll head over there and take a look!


4 thoughts on “Social Justice and the Confirmed Introvert [at Sojourners]

  1. I really appreciated this. I used to work in community mental health and I spent my days in the field doing work and I kind of got a two for one – it was service/ministry and it was paid work. Without that job, I have floundered with finding a way to serve that doesn’t deplete me and even that works with my schedule. My husband works at night, I have two kids. It gets tricky. I was working part time for a while and decided to volunteer to be a guardian ad litem (child court advocate). It seemed like it would be the perfect fit and I could do it in the hours that the kids were in school/preschool before my part time job. Then the training schedule came and it was at night. Not something I could do. Then the part time job turned full time (good for finances, bad for “extra” time). And now I’m kind of floundering again. My job now has many benefits to it, but I still long to be out in the field. I’m feeling inspired now to think outside the box a little more and see what opportunities are out there that could work. Maybe even something I could bring my kids along to or maybe something I do from home… I love and relate to and appreciate your writing and thank you for commenting on my blog a while ago. It made my day!

    1. That sounds like a lot — trying to find space to work and care for your children and serve in a meaningful way. Grace to you as you explore new avenues! Thanks for the kind words!

  2. Love this, Addie. As a former Arrive Ministries employee and someone who still works closely with new refugees in the Twin Cities, I’m grateful for your willingness to serve our new neighbors in this way! I spent plenty of time in that donation room myself during my time with Arrive, so I know those shelves well. 🙂

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