2019 Academic Symposium

Ridenour 115

People have identities formed from experiences, both past and present. Their personal stories are dynamic and express how they see themselves and others. When facing adversities, the story changes with the addition of difficult life events. Social interaction provides an opportunity to share stories, with communication resulting in meaningful life events. People need their perspectives to be heard by those who support and serve them because that is how individuals are best understood. When serving others, the context of the individual becomes real life and not just a story in a textbook.  This process allows the server to discover the beautiful self-benefits from helping others.

Dr. Christine Laurent, Prof. Brenda Stueber, and Connie Millard of the Salvation Army


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