Julia Gerwe is in her second year of service with the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps. She serves as ecological sustainability educational program manager with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Nazareth, Kentucky. Gerwe is passionate about nature-based solutions to climate change, conservation and issues of environmental justice.

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Grounded in place: When the global becomes local

Notes from the Field - A torrent of tornadoes in her home state uproots a volunteer's understanding of what it means to be connected.

This Christmas, embrace the 11th Commandment: 'Thou shall not be alone'

We can reject the isolation of seasonal busyness and perfectionism and celebrate our need to connect with others. This season, I am leaning into the fact that I am enough, just as I am, and that I am exactly where I need to be in the order of the world.