Meaning of Service

Meaning of Service is a reading and discussion program for service workers to explore fundamental questions about the meaning of public service by examining diverse philosophical, historical and literary texts.

The Mississippi Humanities Council is one of eight states participating in a $350,000 three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to incorporate Meaning of Service programs into existing service programs in each state. Meaning of Service is a reading and discussion program for service workers to explore fundamental questions about the meaning of public service by examining diverse philosophical, historical and literary texts. Trained facilitators lead discussions that provide volunteers the opportunity to examine, refine and regenerate the beliefs underlying their work.

What is Meaning of Service?

The Meaning of Service program invites service volunteers to join in discussion groups. These facilitated groups read short texts to stimulate conversations about what it means to serve, give and lead. These Meaning of Service sessions allow volunteers an opportunity to share their service experiences and reflect together upon why they chose to dedicate themselves to service. A humanities scholar provided by the Mississippi Humanities Council will facilitate discussions.

Who can use this program?

Meaning of Service is a national reading and discussion series available to any Mississippi volunteer service organization. The Mississippi Humanities Council will implement this program in the fall 2010 across the state. If you are a volunteer service organization and would like to participate, please contact Carol Andersen at carol@mhc.state.ms.us.