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About Us

Be The Neighbor is a justice-based service-learning trip ministry that equips youth and adults to live lives of love, service, and justice. 

Be The Neighbor visualizes a world where, through love of neighbor, justice is realized, people flourish, and communities are made whole.

Be The Neighbor values

  • love for all people and creation

  • being spiritually anchored in and moved by our faith

  • building community and living as neighbors

  • affirming the dignity and humanity of all.

Be The Neighbor is related to The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.

Be The Neighbor welcomes everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Youth volunteering at a food bank during a mission trip
Youth volunteering at a community garden on a mission trip

Be The Neighbor leads two complementary types of trips:

Connect trips equip groups to put their faith into action in their communities through service & justice in ways that are relational, sustainable and dignity affirming. Connect trips focus on how to actively develop partners in your own neighborhoods so that, together with your neighbors, you can work to make their community a place where all people can thrive.​

Reach trips help groups understand the root causes and systemic nature of injustices and equip groups to make long-term change through service and advocacy. Participants learn from community leaders, organizers, public policy makers, advocates, and neighbors affected by the injustices they are seeking to address. Reach trips include direct service, indirect service, and relational ministry, but are heavily focused on immersion experiences and justice education. 

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