Vy holds a Master of Divinity from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and earned his B.A. in religious studies with a minor in environmental sciences from Texas Christian University. He joins Week of Compassion after serving more than 5 years with Church World Service for the Southwest Regional Office where he worked with congregations and donors to increase their fundraising portfolio. Prior to his work with Church World Service, Vy worked with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps office in Berkeley, CA where he strengthened relationships between volunteers, congregations, and non-profit agencies.
Vy and his wife, Linh Bui, live in Oakland, CA.
Caroline's passion is connecting people with the creative, re-creative power of the living God through stories and faithful action, and she believes a life of faith is about becoming part of God’s ongoing work in the world. Inspired by the poet Ranier Maria Rilke’s image of wholeness cascading into many shapes, Caroline celebrates the varied shapes held in our selves, our communities, and God. She holds a Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology and a BA from Texas Christian University, where she studied English, religion, and political science. Before joining the staff of Week of Compassion, she served as Transitional Associate Minister at Newtown Congregational Church (UCC) in Newtown, CT, where her emphases were in faith formation and outreach.
Caroline is glad to be back in Texas, where she lives with her husband, Jeremy, and their dog, Marlie.
Virginia White is currently a Master of Divinity Student and Disciples Divinity House Scholar at the University of Chicago Divinity School. A native of Austin, Texas, she is a 2013 graduate of Rice University, where she majored in Sociology and History, with a focus on poverty, gender and race studies. A life-long Disciple and "preacher's kid," she is passionate about how we are called to transformation in order to be 'church' in the twenty-first century. Interested in the connections between church and society, she worked as a researcher in the Rice University Religion and Public Life Program for four years, focusing on projects examining religion, science, education and justice. Last year, she served as pastoral intern at Root and Branch Church, a Disciples 'dinner church' plant in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. She believes that the church is called to actively reach out and engage those beyond its walls through service, welcome and care and is excited to work with Week of Compassion in this arena. Her home church is University Christian Church in Austin, Texas.