A bit of warm weather has tricked the plum trees in front of the Clunie House into blossoming early.
Last Wednesday was the first day of internships for most of the house. So, naturally, our Resident Director, Jessica LeGault, got out the camera and snapped some first day pictures before we went to work!
Liz Hardeman interns with the Sojourn Interfaith Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital.
Sally Lankford works investigators at the Public Defender’s Office.
Niki Blois interns at Wiley Publishing.
Meredith Hug spends her days at Sojourn Interfaith Chaplaincy.
Sara Fleming is interning with Key Events.
Janette Krulick works with 826 National.
Alyssa Klopfer is interning at the Exploratorium.
Evan Arnold is interning at Wiley Publishing.
Bjorn Lensander works with the Earthquake Safety Implementation Program at City Hall.
Emily Kent works with paralegals at the Public Defender’s Office.
Betsy Freeman is doing graphic design at Brit + Co.
Amnoni Myers is working with Glide.
Madison Frambes is working with Wiley Publishing.
A new semester has begun, and that means a new cast of characters in the Clunie House: twenty one students from both Westmont and Gordon College. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind exploration of San Francisco. Here are some of the highlights!
Niki Blois in the fog after completing the hike up to Twin Peaks.
(Photo by Betsy Freeman)
Betsy Freeman and Madison Frambes enjoy the view from Buena Vista Park.
Kathryn Schuyler and Amnoni Myers while ice skating in Union Square.
(Photo by Kathryn Schuyler)
Sally Lankford and Betsy Freeman. (Photo by Kathryn Schulyer)
Liz Hardeman and Madison Frambes. (Photo by Kathryn Schulyer)
(Photo by Niki Blois)
Picnic at Alamo Square Park.
Until next time, hello from San Francisco!
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.
Meet Julianna Carlson!
Junior. Political Science Major. Rap Enthusiast. Bumble bee Lover. Friend.
Julianna is interning at Humanity United. She is a research intern and works on a project that looks at what non-profit networks are the most effective and how different for-profit, non-profit, and research organizations work together to build peace and advance human freedom. She also collects data about previous grants and goes to meetings. Julianna has had the opportunity to work with the leading experts in philanthropy and a group of very intelligent young international affairs experts. It is like working for the government, only with more freedom and creativity. It has been fun to hear about the future of non-profits and where international philanthropy is headed.
Julianna’s favorite spot in the city is Hayes Valley with her favorite secret coffee shop and attractive barista. There is also a cute little park on Hayes and Octavia where people-watching is prime. She also likes the Women’s Building in the Mission District because it looks how she wishes every building could look. “When I look at the vibrant mural-covered building I feel empowered.”
Something Julianna has learned thus far this semester is that she thrives in office spaces. She says, “It is my heaven. I don’t care if I have to sit in a desk all day.” She loves working with people, sitting in meetings, and working on the computer. It is just a bonus that her work enables her to help people. She has also learned that she loves food as much as she thought she did. “Sorry I’m not sorry.”
With the semester slowly coming to an end, Julianna is cherishing every moment, every bite of food, and every sip of coffee in San Francisco.
Meet Linnea Herren!
Junior. Communications Major. House Paparazzi. Friend.
Linnea is interning at ABCey Events, an independent events planning company. She works on marketing through social media platforms, and aids in all aspects of event planning such as site selection, budget development, timeline production, and much more. She even works events planned by her supervisor, and talks directly to clients and vendors. Each event is unique and she works to satisfy the specific needs of each one. Linnea loves that her job is focused on planning and organizing and has been thankful for the amount of independence she is given. She works with guidance, but her supervisor trusts her with many responsibilities allowing her to get the full hands-on experience.
Linnea’s favorite spot in the city is the Buena Vista park near to the Clunie House. It is a close, quick, and fun hike with absolutely breathtaking views. She says, “I need perspective every once in a while, it puts me in my place.”
Something Linnea has learned thus far this semester is to be slow with making judgments on others. “This semester has taught me that I can’t be quick to judge. I have seen people on the bus and made immediate assumptions about them, but then I saw them do something nice for someone else.” She has been able to catch herself in that and learned that each person has more to them. Also, she has realized that she needs to enjoy every moment and live presently. “I forget about the small things and even having an hour to myself or sitting at a park by myself has caused me to see the importance of small moments”
Linnea is so excited to learn more about the event planning world and more about what the city has to offer!
By Dr. Karen Andrews, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and English
Nearly every Sunday in the city, I hear the Mission bells as I walk by the corner of 16th and Dolores Streets. On a recent fog-free, blue-sky September Sunday, when those bells began to toll, I felt like singing aloud Matt Nathanson’s catchy tune, “Mission Bells.” (The single “Mission Bells” was released in Spring 2013. Last of the Great Pretenders album was released in July 2013).
The original San Francisco Mission, founded in June 1776, is the oldest building in our city and the oldest intact Mission Chapel. It was originally named for St Francis of Assisi but became known as “Mission Dolores” because of the nearby Arroyo de los Dolores, the “Creek of Sorrows.”
San Francisco’s beautiful Mission Dolores has been the subject of many songs and movies. Poets have penned lines in its honor, such as Bret Hart in “The Bells of Mission Dolores.” Rock musicians prior to Matt Nathanson have written songs about it, such as Jerry Garcia’s “Mission in the Rain” (which also has been covered by other artists, such as Emory Joseph on Fennario). Filmmakers, such as Alfred Hitchcock in Vertigo have captured the haunting beauty of the Mission and its cemetery, referred to in Nathanson’s song and music video for “Mission Bells.” Shipbuilders also have named ships after it, such as “S.S. Mission Dolores and S.S. Mission San Francisco.” Read more on Mission Dolores here.
Matt Nathanson, a resident of San Francisco who has lived in the Mission district, has created a memorable song and music video that serves as an homage to Alfred Hitchcock and the Mission. Here’s the music video for “Mission Bells”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tORhy2-fn0A.
Nathanson’s video includes explicit Hitchcock references, as in the opening shots with the dramatic, diagonal editing. Nathanson’s music video’s visual images and editing techniques honor Hitchcock’s art as filmmaker, evoking not only the classic San Francisco film Vertigo but more particularly the thriller Psycho. His song lyrics refer directly to Hitchcock’s influence, as “at the end of a Hitchcock movie, a little dark and a lot confusing.”
What do the Mission bells seem to represent in his song? If you attended California schools for the Fourth Grade, you would have learned about the California Missions and that the Mission bells were intended to call the faithful to come to Mass. It’s interesting that in Nathanson’s song, Mission bells stir up a confession or an admission of failure on the singer’s part. “Ringing somewhere higher,” the Mission bells seem to be haunting him, convicting his conscience. He has a dream where his love has died because of his “faithless heart.” He admits he was wrong to let her “get away” and feels “so lost” as “the last of the great pretenders.”
I have enjoyed listening to—and often singing along with—Nathanson’s latest song in honor of the Mission. The Mission bells continue to call the faithful to church and to inspire artists to sing the praises of its compelling beauty. Come to San Francisco and see the Mission for yourself and hear those haunting bells ring!
Meet Samantha Henson!
Junior. Political Science Major. Hippie Lover. Friend.
Samantha is interning at San Francisco’s Office of the Public Defenders. She is working specifically in the Community Justice Center Courthouse helping those with felonies and misdemeanors into rehabilitation programs. She records dates and notes during court sessions and even interacts directly with attorneys as the trial occurs. Sam loves being part of such a hands-on experience in law, especially one that involves aiding those in the Tenderloin. She also loves hearing incredible stories of attorneys and getting to know their passions for defending the rights of those who may be underrepresented. She says, “It’s incredible to see the relationship between the attorneys and their clients; it has demonstrated the true love of Christ to me and has shown me how justice and compassion can intertwine.”
Sam’s favorite spot in the city is Haight Street. In fact, she has visited Haight at least four times weekly since the beginning of the semester. She says, “I’m afraid that one day I may be a hippie living on that hill and daily I have to restrain myself from living with them.” She loves watching the hippies hula-hooping outside of the coffee shops and talking to hitch-hikers who have come to live there temporarily on their way to Los Angeles.
Something Sam has learned thus far this semester is that everyone has a story. Just last week, one of her attorneys explained that he became a public defender for that reason—because he believes everyone has a story. She says, “I’ve begun to realize the importance of having God first in my story above others and most importantly above myself.”
Sam is excited for this semester and the opportunities that lie ahead.