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Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt, Ph.D., is a freelance writer and former Whitworth University professor of English. After her daughter passed away in a car crash while serving in Bolivia, Linda and her husband founded the Krista Foundation. The Krista Foundation gives mentoring and Service Learning Development Grants to adults in their twenties who engage in a sustained period of service. From the website: "Through our ecumenical and inter-generational community, the Krista Foundation seeks to encourage a new generation of leaders to develop a lifelong ethic of service, civic engagement and global understanding."  Linda is currently starting a blog to give away marigold seeds a man gave her in a spontaneous act of generosity. Her hope is that those who receive the seeds will, in turn, share them with others and spread kindness in a hurting world.

Interview by Rachel Bair

May 2012

    I believe there are two kinds of peace. There’s inner peace, when a person has a center and calmness to engage in trust in life. When a person has a sense of purpose and can walk in places of conflict at ease within. The opposite of peace is worrying. God is part of the design of life, and part of that is to learn to live with mystery.

     Another peace is situational, in the home, a city, a workplace, a country. There are many countries filled with places of conflict, where there is an absence of peace.

     Study a lot about what’s going on in the world. I can feel despair when I think about how many people are hurting, in many ways. I have hope when I think about the many people tangibly working to use their gifts and talents to better the situation of others.

     When I look at Krista Colleagues and how they are working in many areas {like sexual abuse of women, refugee situations, hunger, public policy} it gives real encouragement.

     I love the spirit of people in their twenties and thirties to use their life to contribute. We encourage Krista Colleagues to seek a “life-long ethic of service.” No matter what you do, you can seek a life-long ethic of service. It’s about not taking yourself too seriously, about being a part of the community. It’s very mutual.

     I think we underestimate how much ordinary people give to their neighbor, to their workplace. Many people bring a spirit of love and care. People do that a lot and don’t get credit for it {like the school bus driver. The driver may have had a hard life but still encourages a child everyday.}

How we can contribute day by day can never be underestimated.

    {On studying peace:} Study post-war zones, what have people done to rebuild after horrific treatment? Look at how they have the courage to rebuild and look at case studies, showing the causes and how did they weave life back together again.

     It’s real easy to get discouraged if you pay attention to what’s going on in the world. It’s important to bring forward the stories where good things are happening. Hope is critical. We are empowered by a sense of hope.