Through this three-video series, learn more about Seed, a two-year MCC program, and explore what it means to be part of a team of young adults from around the world focusing on service, peacebuilding and reflection.
MCC began the Seed program in 2009, sparked in part by conversations and financial assistance given by people who served decades ago through MCC's Pax program, which provided alternative service options for conscientious objectors during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. From 1951 to 1976, Pax workers served in more than 40 countries. (Read a story about the long-term ties forged through Pax in western Europe.)
Moved by their experiences serving around the world, Pax alumni approached MCC to talk about how they could donate toward developing a program that would provide a new opportunity for today's young adults to learn and contribute through service to the work of MCC, resulting in the Seed program.
MCC has had Seed teams in Colombia, Bolivia, southern Africa and the Great Lakes region of Africa, and will continue to facilitate the program in Latin America and Africa. Participants live, serve and worship in marginalized communities, building relationships there.
Built into the program are times for team members to come together and reflect on what they are learning and a focus on intercultural peacebuilding and reconciliation. In addition to exploring how lives, policies and theology are interconnected, Seed team members seek creative ways to communicate these connections to MCC supporters both during and after their two-year terms.
Part 1: Serve
Visit the rural Colombian village of Caño Berruguita where the community works together to overcome the challenges of being forcefully displaced by a paramilitary group, and hear more about what it means to serve through the Seed program.
Part 2: Advocate
Learn more about how Seed participants work with the Mennonite Brethren Church in Chocó, Colombia, to help support their social ministries in health and agriculture and explore how advocacy plays a role in their work and the Seed program.
Part 3: Reflect
Explore how reflection is woven into the Seed experience, and see how Anabaptist groups in Cazucá, Colombia, work together to provide food and education to at-risk children.