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Kearstin Bailey graduated from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio with a B.A. in political science and a strong interest in the historical and current connections between politics and religion. She then served in the United Church of Christ’s Young Adult Service Communities program at a placement in Westford, MA, working with a local UU/UCC congregation as well as a local conservation non-profit. In this placement, Kearstin discerned that while eco-justice was a passion, migration justice was her calling. She went on to serve as a Global Ministries Global Mission Intern for two years in Budapest, Hungary working in multiple placements through a partnership with the Reformed Church in Hungary. Working at the RCH’s Ecumenical Office gave her insight into the field of global church relations and opened her mind to the vast expressions of Christianity in the world today. Another field placement was at a refugee-integration non-profit and her heart sang when she was there doing communications work as well as organizing community events. Following her years in Central Europe, Kearstin knew that she wanted to continue serving with international church partners, this time in a new context and with a stronger focus on refugee integration – and so she went to Greece. Kearstin recently finished a 10-month GMI term serving with the Evangelical Church in Greece’s Perichoresis NGO in their long-term refugee integration program. This placement in particular made clear the practical ways that following one’s God-given calling can change the world in spectacular ways. Kearstin is currently serving in the UCC’s Partners in Service program (Yes, she is basically a professional volunteer at this point!) with the Safe Harbors Network located in San Diego, CA, working with asylum seekers crossing the southern border.

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