The Common Good
Sojourners Classifieds
Regional Organizing, Southern Region

Bread for the World is looking for a Regional Organizer based in Tennessee or North Carolina to build, organize and strengthen a regional grassroots network to help accomplish its legislative goals toward ending hunger and poverty in the United States and internationally.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Building relationships and creating a new network of Bread leaders and members from among clergy, lay leaders and community leaders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Training leaders in basic organizing skills andengaging them in setting realistic yet challenging goals.
  • Building, strengthening and maintains Bread’s network in a multi-state portfolio of 3-5 states.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to or fax these materials to the attention of Sarah Rohrer at 202-688-1155. Preference will be given to applications received by May 29, 2015.


Join one of the many Mennonite faith communities in the United States that are working to make a difference in their neighborhoods and beyond.

Mennonite Voluntary Service participants serve one- to three-year terms living in intentional community and working in a wide range of fields. Placement options cover the gamut from home repair to public health issues, youth ministry to immigration law, educational to environmental. 

We are currently accepting applications for the MVS season beginning August 2015. Applications will be considered while placements are available, or through May 2015. The earlier you apply the more placement options are available.

To apply and find out more information about Mennonite Voluntary Service, visit


Discipleship Year provides opportunities for participants to work in service and justice related ministries.  Each participant works 32/35 hours per week for non-profit organizations providing services to the homeless, immigrant and low income residents of Washington, DC.  Advocacy placements are available as well. Volunteers live together in Intentional Community within a Christian Context, studying and reflecting through classes at the Servant LeadershipSchool @ the Festival Center. The Church of the Saviour's 'alternative faith communities' support this program.  Volunteer Placements provide each volunteer with a stipend ($250/month), health insurance and cover rent/utilities and program costs. The term of service is 11 1/2 months.

Contact Dawn Longenecker, Director at  or 202-328-1102 for an application & a list of placements which are available now.   

May 6-Nov. 18, 2015

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is the home of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. The CAC's administrative offices and Bookstore have served people internationally for over 25 years, supporting the world-renowned ecumenical ministry of Richard Rohr, OFM. The CAC is dedicated to facilitating a universal awakening by providing educational materials, events, and curriculum that bear witness to the Christian tradition of contemplative practice and compassionate action.

The CAC currently offers a rich array of self-paced, online courses. Courses include:

  • The Franciscan Way: Beyond the Bird Bath
  • Breathing Under Water: A Spiritual Study of the Twelve Steps
  • Immortal Diamond: A Study in Search of the True Self.

Find out more about each of these courses at Registration opens eight weeks prior to the beginning of each course, and closes two weeks prior to the first day of the course, or when it reaches capacity.

May 28-30, 2015

Register now for the RENEW 2015: Correctional Ministry Summit, May 28-30 at Wheaton College. RENEW 2015 will offer attendees opportunities to:

  • Develop the skills needed for correctional ministry through forums, workshops, and plenary sessions led by experienced professionals
  • Network with other Chaplains, professionals, and volunteers serving in corrections and beyond
  • Worship and be encouraged and inspired together

To register and find out more information about the Renew 2015 Summit, visit

May 28-31

Part of the growing global movement for nonviolent transformation, Movies and Meaning is a long weekend away in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, featuring films, workshops, very special guests, dancing, magic and YOU.

From May 28th-31st, 2015, we’ll gather in Albuquerque, NM, building a temporary community dedicated to experiencing how the ideas and images we project can make everything better or worse, for ourselves, our communities, and the planet. We’ll watch some of the most transcendent films ever made - old and new - on a magnificent silver screen with fantastic sound.

To register, and to find out more about the Movies and Meaning festival, visit

June 1-6, 2015

Refresh your spirit. Renew your mind and ministry. Expand your Christian community.

The Duke Summer Institute for Reconciliation (June 1-6 in Durham, NC) is grounded in a distinctively Christian vision and a framework that is richly practical, contextual, and theological. Rooted in Duke Divinity School’s conviction that reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel, the Summer Institute for Reconciliation draws on the strengths of a faculty of world-class scholars and practitioners.

Find more information and register at

June 8 - July 17

San Francisco Theological Seminary, Summer Seminars, San Anselmo, CA.

Three sessions: June 8-19, June 22-July 3, and July 6-17.

As an incubator for the development of alternative understandings, new tools, and novel resources for ministry, these continuing education courses offer new ways to serve individuals and institutions.

Featured 2015 instructors include Rev. Dr. John Bell, Dr. Andrea C. White, Dr. Phyllis Tickle, and many other noted theologians, scholars, writers and leaders.

Develop new tools for your ministry in an ecumenical, collaborative setting. Register by May 1! $600 per Course for Continuing Education Students; housing and meal plans available.

Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) 2015 Biennial Conference
June 11-14, 2015

Today, more than ever, the Church needs art, and the Art World needs the Church. This four-day CIVA conference is an excellent opportunity to consider the ever-present tension that persists between artists and the church and to learn from leaders and practitioners who are working to overcome this divide. Through keynote presentations, exhibitions, workshops, and cultural outings, we’ll explore the role of art and the church. Artists and curators, educators and church leaders, and everyone in between are invited to celebrate the vital relationship of art and the church.

Summer 2015

Come hear about the plight of Mexicans in migration, who, intending to cross into the U.S., find themselves economically stranded in the Mexican border region, and settle into communities of desperate poverty there. Meet the Mexican leaders of a ministry that meets needs with the love of Jesus, nutrition, education, and permaculture.

Border Hope will be speaking in a number of U.S. cities this summer. For details, visit our web page, or call 956 578 4642.

July 13-17, 2015

Deepen your faith, expand your understanding, and rest in God’s presence at the Craigville Theological Colloquy from July 13-17. The Colloquy combines elements of a theological conference and a spiritual retreat in a beautiful historic village on Cape Cod.

This year, we explore the theme: “Christianity and Judaism: New Texts, New Contexts, and New Perspectives.” Through lectures, small group discussions, and common worship, attendees will rethink and reframe their understanding of the relationship between these two dynamic faiths. For additional information, visit Scholarships are available.

July 19-22, 2015

Join us this summer for the 27th annual NAIN Connect at Luther College in Regina, Canada. Embracing the theme “Restoring Spirit Through Sacred Listening,” this year’s Connect brings together people who are personally and professionally interested in social justice issues, interreligious dialogue, and multiculturalism. Hear from people on issues of local, national, and international importance with the goal of restoring spirit through sacred listening. Keynote speakers include: Dr. Marie Wilson, Commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the television series “Little Mosque on the Prairie.”

For more information, visit the Luther College website.

July 20-23, 2015

Register by July 1 for this San Francisco Theological Seminary Continuing Education Retreat.

As part of God’s creative community, how do you...

·       Faithfully engage realities of hatred, oppression, and indifference;

·       Help your faith community make a difference in issues of injustice and peace;

·       Overcome obstacles to “love your neighbor”?

Poverty, violence, race relations and mass incarceration are crucibles for understanding how faith sustains and transforms us to live fearless and abundant lives.

Leaders: Rev. Dr. Luther E. Smith, Jr. and Rev. Helen Bruch Pearson.

August 3-6, 2015

Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations is an annual Courage & Renewal retreat for clergy and faith leaders who seek renewed energy for ministry, courage to lead in the congregation, and practices for building community.

At this retreat you will learn new skills for fostering leadership – both within yourselves and among others – for the sake of revitalizing faith communities locally and globally.

Join like-minded peers from across all denominations and discover ways to renew your spirit and the spirit of your community of faith.

August 30 - September 1

Register now for The Francis Factor: How Saint Francis and Pope Francis are changing the world. Both St. Francis and Pope Francis walk in the steps of Jesus, the ultimate radical, who changed people’s hearts during his lifetime and beyond through simple words and actions of love. Join speakers Ilia Delio, Shane Claiborne and Fr. Richard Rohr as they explore the cosmic and alternative Franciscan path. From their collective years of study and practice, these dynamic teachers share Franciscan wisdom that reveals the very “marrow of the Gospel.” Combined, our compassionate presence can be multiplied exponentially for the good of the world!

Discover more about this event at Financial assistance may be available to those unable to pay the full conference fee.

October 15-19, 2015

10,000 people, 80 countries, and 50 faiths are convening to reclaim the heart of our humanity at the world's largest interfaith event! 

The World's Largest Interfaith Event Is Coming Back To America.

Started in 1893, The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the oldest, largest and most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. Nobel Peace Laureates, Religious Leaders, Global Thinkers, and thousands of interfaith activists are committing together to address the most pressing issues of our time. The global interfaith movement is reclaiming the heart of our humanity, Are You In?

Register Now For The 2015 Parliament!