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Welcome Caleb Rollins to the Festival Center!

“The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness—not a fearful emptiness, but a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves as created free.” - Henri Nouwen

On June 16, the Festival Center welcomed Caleb Rollins to serve as a new full-time Administrative Assistant. Caleb joins us after serving as Development Manager with Lutheran Services in America, a DC-based national nonprofit network. In this position he coordinated the organization’s annual fund, managed fundraising data, and cultivated relationships with organizational supporters.

Prior to this position, Caleb served in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN, with Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC). While with LVC, he served as the Program Director of a K-12 and adult tutoring program at a small Lutheran congregation, managing their program development, recruitment, and evaluation. Caleb holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

A Message from the Newest Member of Our Community

"I’d like to begin my journey with the Festival Center with a word of gratitude – for the hospitality I have already received and for the hospitality that I will no doubt receive from those members of this community I have yet to meet. One of my hopes for my time with the Festival Center is that this hospitality will continue. That members of this community will continue to invite me in, share their stories, and offer me the opportunity to join in their service.

As a stranger to DC and Adams Morgan, I humbly recognize that these communities have long and rich histories and deep neighborhood bonds that I have yet to uncover. But I hope that by coming to know those who enter the Festival Center and digesting their stories, I will begin to put down roots here and contribute to the ministry of this community. For the mission of this ministry is one that I firmly believe God has called me to pursue: to strive for a just world by serving as a generative space for justice movements in DC.

I hope that all of my work here from welcoming guests with a smile to supporting our community engagement work will bring us just a little bit closer to achieving this mission. And I will strive to encounter each day of work with humility and gratitude, knowing that the hospitality of this community is what ignites our shared work for justice."