Meet Morgan Jardon!
Junior. Kinesiology Major. Religious Studies Minor. Poet. Friend.
Morgan is interning at Sojourn Chaplaincy in the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Sojourn is an interfaith chaplaincy with a focus in providing spiritual care to a diverse group of patients in the hospital. As a chaplain intern, Morgan does individual patient visits as well as participates in a weekly class with other seminarians. She works with some of the wisest and most eclectic people she has ever met. They constantly support and encourage the growth of her faith and the growth of such faith as the core of her identity. Morgan’s work as a chaplain is centered on the creation of a hospitable environment in hopes of allowing each patient to feel loved and understood. She says, “Behind every door of every patient’s room there is a story that holds beauty and wisdom and it is my joy as a chaplain to embark on that journey with them, to walk alongside them wherever they may be. And in my ability to be vulnerable and real with the patients, I often discover a part of myself I didn’t know existed before. We step into the room with the expectations that we have something to offer to that particular patient, but we often discover that through each patient’s experience and story they often have much to offer us. And rather than putting on a façade that we ‘have it all together’, we often reach a sense of solidarity in our shared brokenness. So ultimately, I have found that it is not about what we bring to the table, but rather what we leave at the door.”
Morgan’s favorite spot in the city is a venue located in the basement of Viracocha, an antique and oddities store on Valencia Street. They host a series of live spoken word and poetry open mic nights accompanied by improvisational jazz music. San Francisco’s unique ability to express itself is fully portrayed here by emphasizing the beauty of words and music. In addition, Morgan loves the serenity she finds in being completely enveloped by nature. She loves running through Golden Gate Park as well as sitting in the Clunie House Garden. “I’ve met amazing people while running in the park and both the park and garden provide a nice change of pace from the busy city streets.” She has been consistently reminded to slow down and to truly meditate on the meaning of “Selah”, as David often used between Psalms—to stop and soak in the beauty of the surroundings and to listen to the whispers God is trying to speak to us.
Something Morgan has learned thus far this semester is that each person has an innate desire to be understood and loved. She believes we are called to create a safe space for others to feel freedom in fully expressing and pouring out of themselves without fear of presumptions being made.
With the semester coming to a close, Morgan is striving to live in each moment she has left in the city, while taking time to play guitar and sing throughout the house.