Danielle Murry-Knowles, Mission Co-worker
What led you to want to serve?
My experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay from 2007-2009 was transformative. When my husband, also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (El Salvador 2000-2006), and I married in 2011, we felt drawn to serving overseas together in some capacity. After growing in faith at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Bloomington, Indiana, and after going on a People- to-People Pilgrimage to Cuba through Global ministries, we felt a distinct call to overseas service in a faith context.
Is there a passage of scripture that carries special meaning in your daily work?
“Be still and know that I am God,” Psalm 46:10. I know that some people are leery of interpreting this verse too inwardly, but it is the one that I keep being drawn back to in my daily meditation practice. From contemplation stems action. I think that all action should flow from a place of groundedness in Divine love. That is, before we act, it is important for us first to listen, to be in touch with who and whose we are, and to be aware of our intimate connection to, and grounding in, the Divine.
Which books have influenced your understanding of your country of service, work, or theology:
The Last Week (Marcus Borg), Convictions (Marcus Borg), The Divine Dance (Richard Rohr), The Naked Now (Richard Rohr), A Sunlit Absence (Martin Laird), Sickness Unto Death (Søren Kierkegaard)
Which films that have influenced your understanding of your country of service, work, or theology:
The Forgotten Kingdom; Contact