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HITCHHIKING TO ALASKA: THE WAY OF SOULFUL SERVICE

Hitch-hikingBOOK TALK/SIGNING: with author, Rev. Jim Burklo
(ordained in the UCC, member of Mt Hollywood Congregational UCC in Los Angeles)
Associate Dean of Religious Life, USC

4:30-6 pm, Wed April 24

Fishbowl Room

USC University Religious Center

835 W 34th St, LA 90089

Available now at amazon.com   —   Books will be available for purchase at the event

How can spiritual practice (whether or not it is formally religious) help me to help others better?
How can I “hang in there” in service, when the going gets tough?
How can I grow in faith through service?
How can I go deeper in helping relationships?

     In this guide to soulful service, Jim Burklo draws from his deep well of experience working with homeless people, leading service-learning programs for university students, and pastoring churches.  With touching stories, poetry, and parables, HITCHHIKING TO ALASKA illustrates universal principles about the spirituality of helping relationships.  It shatters facile assumptions about what it means to serve.  It inspires people of all religions, or of no faith affiliation, to aim higher in their works of service.  HITCHHIKING TO ALASKA is recommended reading for anyone in any kind of helping relationship.  It is particularly useful for service-learning professionals and students in secondary and higher education, and for leaders and volunteers in religious congregations and faith-based service organizations.

“Jim Burklo’s HITCHHIKING TO ALASKA: The Way of Soulful Service is a must-read for those interested in exploring the intersection between service, learning and meaning-making.  Through stories and thoughtful prose, Burklo offers a loving critique of our common preconceived notions about service and artfully presents a framework for engaging in ethical and meaningful action.  I know of no other person who could better blend deep intellectual explorations with rich spiritual questions through such powerful story telling.  Pick-up the book and begin hitchhiking to a more profound way of seeing service.”     Kent Koth, Director, Center for Service and Community Engagement, Seattle University, and Director, Seattle University Youth Initiative

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