About StreetFest

StreetFest is a one-time service-learning opportunity that occurs during our first-year student orientation program called Quest. During StreetFest, we partner with over 60 community organizations to join them in their work in the city of Grand Rapids. This year, StreetFest will be on Friday, August 30, 2019.

StreetFest 2019 | Choose Wholehearted Living: Care About Place

The theme “Choose Wholehearted Living: Care About Place” was selected for this year’s StreetFest because it encompasses our hopes for what students will begin to learn and engage in during their time here at Calvin and beyond – to actively choose to live wholeheartedly through caring for the places where they live. When I think of what it really means to be a Calvin student and to have an authentically Calvin experience, Calvin’s mission “to think deeply, act justly, and live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world” comes to mind. Here at Calvin, we seem to have a good understanding of what it may mean to think deeply and act justly (although there is always more work to be done in these areas), but wholehearted living seems more elusive.

“Wholehearted” is defined as “complete sincerity and commitment” and exudes ideas of passionate, absolute, unrestrained, and genuine devotion towards something. At Calvin, living wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal is to live with complete sincerity, commitment, and devotion to active involvement in renewal work in the world and specifically with the communities we find ourselves in. Genuine wholehearted living requires our whole heart, deep thinking, a commitment to justice, and throughout all of this, a devoted care for our local community. When we truly care about the communities we live in and build relationships with organizations and community members, it becomes much harder to overlook the injustice and oppression that fellow community members face. It becomes harder to stereotype others, build barriers that divide “us” from “them”, and accept one pervasive, glossed over story about community members. Care for a community looks different for everyone but it often includes things such as community engagement, service-learning, and intentional living in the community.

Caring for place requires making a choice to actively engage in and care for our communities. We make so many choices each day, but sometimes in the busy-ness of life, we choose not to make a definitive choice – we carry apathy towards actively choosing. But in a way, not choosing is still making a choice to be uninvolved and to not care. It is easy to forget our choices and our responsibility to make them. It is especially easy to overlook the choices we never make. Nevertheless, it is up to us to make a choice. Choosing to care and the steps we make towards caring are never easy. But wholehearted living, justice work, thinking deeply, and devoting oneself to the community aren’t easy tasks. The work we all do in these areas will never be quite finished. None of us are perfect. There is perhaps always more we could do. Nevertheless, the invitation is still there. Will you join in on this mission to choose to live wholeheartedly through caring about place?

Visit the StreetFest history page to read about other themes

Basic StreetFest schedule

  • Check-in
  • 8:15 a.m.
  • Opening chapel (watch live)
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to Grand Rapids
  • 10:20 a.m.
  • Transportation to work site
  • 11 a.m.
  • Arrive at work site
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Lunch and agency orientation
  • 11:35 a.m.
  • Serve and learn together
  • 12 p.m.
  • Time of reflection
  • 3 p.m.
  • Return to Calvin
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • Arrive at Calvin
  • 4 p.m.