Hi there! Shea here. *Waving.* As part of our Better Together at OU blog, we're going to be posting pieces written by folks who spend time at UCM programming related to the White House Interfaith Challenge. UCM runs on the idea of Radical Hospitality, which means we accept everyone who walks through our doors no questions asked. In large part because of the vibe this creates there's lots of interesting people at UCM involved in lots of interesting things. I thought you might like to meet some of them and learn about their views of UCM, faith, life, and other stuff. I've been asking around for blog posts, so here's the first one I received. Today's post is by Kavin Shah, an OU student and regular volunteer at Thursday Supper and Saturday Lunch and participant at Interfaith Impact.
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Hello. My name is Kavin Shah and I am a lifetime member of the Clean Plate Club. This is my first year being involved with UCM and I’ve already had some of the best times of my 4 years here. I love the opportunities it provides for me to become a bigger part of what I now define as my community. Athens is no longer just a transient residence where my college is, it has become a home. I am currently a senior studying psychology and women’s studies at OU and there is no better place where I can apply what I learn in school to form closer relationships with my community members than at UCM. Sometimes I like to clean and wash dishes but my favorite duties so far include: taking Wanda home, hugging Richard, Gerry’s stories, and listening to Frances say the word “honey”. I also enjoy pulling knotweed, petting dogs, and interfaith impact. I plan on spending as much time here as I can so if you haven’t been by this year come say hi Thursday 5:30 or Saturday 1:00 and we can share a meal!