Justin, Maguire Fellow in Nashville

Justin B. is a graduate student studying religious ethics. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is spending the summer volunteering with Open Table Nashville, which serves low-income and homeless populations.

Not The Blog Post I Wanted To Write

This is not the blog post I wanted to write, nor the one I thought I would write when the summer began. But it is I think the most important one I will write for readers of this blog. I figured that it was likely that in working with folks experiencing homelessness that I would write about mental illness, I just did not think it would be my own mental illness about which I would write. All summer I have been fighting nearly debilitating depression and anxiety. It is a well-known, if rarely talked about, fact that Ph.D. students have an alarmingly high rate of mental and emotional illness. The stress of the pursuit of a doctoral degree along with [...]

2017-08-03T14:30:30+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Justin, Maguire Fellow in Nashville|

Feet Are Gross

Feet are gross. I have never liked them, yet last week I found myself with some unhoused friends’ bare feet in my hands as part of one of Open Table Nashville’s foot clinics. At these outreach events Open Table staff and volunteers offer basic foot care to our friends on the streets. Generally it is like a pedicure that one might get at a beauty salon or spa, but not focused so much on the visual aesthetics of feet as on their comfort as folks living on the streets and in shelters tend to do a lot of walking - often in bad shoes and socks. I am part of the Christian tradition and, naturally, washing feet has a particular religious [...]

2017-07-19T15:34:13+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Justin, Maguire Fellow in Nashville|

Where are we supposed to go?

Justin B. is a graduate student studying religious ethics. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is spending the summer volunteering with Open Table Nashville, which serves low-income and homeless populations.

2017-06-30T14:49:08+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Justin, Maguire Fellow in Nashville|