Welcome to Beyond Boulders, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship’s official blog—soon to be a fun, engaging, insightful, practical, and entertaining stop on your blogroll, whether you’re one of ASF’s 2,000+ Fellows for Life, a member of a community that has been touched by the work of those Fellows, or simply someone whose StumbleUpon button brought you our way.
If you fall into the former two categories, you already know who we are (a national nonprofit organization that translates idealism into action, supporting 230+ Fellows from the nation’s top health and human service schools annually as they partner with community agencies to develop and implement service projects with a direct — and lasting — impact on the health of underserved communities).
If you fall into the latter category, though, you may not know that Schweitzer Fellows deliver more than 40,000 hours of health-related community service annually. Or that Fellows also work at the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa (a world leader in the fight against malaria, the leading killer of African children), providing skilled care through over 35,000 outpatient visits and more than 6,000 hospitalizations annually.
You may not even know who Albert Schweitzer was. The short answer: the consummate Renaissance man, a physician/humanitarian/musician/author/Bach scholar/theologian/philosopher/anti-nuclear activist/Nobel Peace Prize winner (phew!) who at age 30 dedicated his life to direct service in Africa, and whose legacy of “reverence for life” inspired everything from environmentalism (Rachel Carson dedicated Silent Spring to him) to the 230+ students who follow in his footsteps each year as Schweitzer Fellows.
Well, now you’re here, and now you know—and we’re guessing you have one final question: “Beyond Boulders? What does that even mean?”
In his autobiography, Out of My Life and Thought, Schweitzer described the obstacles and challenges we all face when we attempt to do good as “boulders,” noting, “Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it. A strength which becomes clearer and stronger through its experience of such obstacles is the only strength that can conquer them.”
Here at Beyond Boulders, we’ll introduce you to our Fellows as they conquer such obstacles. We’ll weigh in on hot-button topics in the news and in the blogosphere through the lens of Albert Schweitzer’s philosophy. And the scope of our coverage will range far and wide: anything of interest to Schweitzer—service, medicine, music, nuclear disarmament, theology—will be of interest to us, and, we hope, you.
We’re glad you’ve stopped by—stay tuned!