The Common Good
September-October 1995

Bringing People Together

by Kelly Green | September-October 1995

Global Exchange seeks volunteers for our International Peace Center in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, for a term of at least six weeks.

Global Exchange seeks volunteers for our International Peace Center in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, for a term of at least six weeks. Activities include documenting human rights abuses, monitoring conflicts, promoting dialogue, and accompanying Mexican peace workers. Contact Ted Lewis, Mexico Campaign, 2017 Mission St., #303, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Samaritan Inns, a ministry offering transitional housing for the formerly homeless, seeks enthusiastic, prayerful people to join our community. The one-year commitment includes room, board, medical benefits, and a stipend. Contact Doug Horner, 2523 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 667-8831.

The Death Row Support Project needs your help. Consider writing to prisoners and add light to someone's life. Contact Rachel Gross, Box 600, Liberty Mills, IN 46946; (219) 982-7480.

A rural homeless shelter in Colorado seeks volunteers to help with the needs of shelter guests and/or to assist in managing a thrift store. Room, board, stipend, and essentials are provided. Spanish is helpful. Contact Lance Cheslock, La Puente Home, Box 1235, Alamosa, CO 81101; (719) 589-5909.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Peace Action (formerly SANE/FREEZE), a grassroots organization working for disarmament, demilitarization, and conflict resolution, seeks a national executive director to be based in Washington, D.C. Contact Search Committee, 1819 H St. NW, Suite 640, Washington, DC 20006; (202) 862-9740, ext. 3032.

A Christ-centered, theologically open church that strives to be loving, inclusive, and committed to peace with justice, desires a creative associate pastor with a passion for Christian education. The position is open to American Baptists and others. Contact First Baptist Church, 125 S. Cowls, McMinnville, OR 97128; (503) 472-7941.

Equity Trust Inc. is seeking an office manager and a loan fund officer to help continue its innovative program of land reform and community development finance. Compensation is modest, housing is provided. Contact Chuck Matthei, 539 Beach Pond Road, Voluntown, CT 06384; (203) 376-6174.

We seek a bilingual minister part-time to lead us in worship, conduct Bible classes, and reach out to the Latino gay and lesbian community. Contact ICM Cristo Rey, Pastoral Search Committee, 4455 Broadway, New York, NY 10040; (212) 942-6428.

RETREATS & CONFERENCES

Journey Into Freedom, an ecumenical ministry in Portland, offers opportunities to explore gospel teachings on freedom, bondage, and call with monthly retreats, including "Money and Spirituality," November 10-12, and a future trip to Bangladesh. Contact Esther or Dale, Box 12626, Portland, OR 97212-0626; (503) 244-4728.

Texas A&M University will be the site of "Jubilee Celebration: 50th Town and Country Church Conference," October 2-3. This conference will celebrate rural ministry and focus on affirming and strengthening that ministry. Call (409) 845-4445 for more information.

"Discipleship of Equals: Breaking Bread/Doing Justice" will be the theme of the 20th annual Women's Ordination Conference, to be held November 10-12 in Arlington, Virginia. Contact Agnes Ann Schum, Suite 103, #67, 5600 W. Dartmouth Ave., Denver, CO 80227-8620; (303) 922-4985.

The Thomas Merton Center, a ministry for peace and justice in Pittsburgh, Pa., announces its fall retreat, "Contemplative Living: Mindfulness of the Sacred," October 27-28. Silvia Rosell, O.P., the director of Still Point House of Prayer, will conduct the retreat. Contact Molly Rush, 5125 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224; (412) 361-3022.

"Solidarity, Ecumenism, and Spirituality," sponsored by the Central America Education Program, will take place October 6-9, 1995, at Stony Point Retreat Center in Stony Point, NY. Led by Nestor Jaen, S.J., director of a ministry in Panama, it will be enriched by the spirit of a new Haitian society and expressions of a Mayan spirituality of resistance. Call (914) 786-5674.

"Preparing for Cross-Cultural Ministry" is a month-long residential Maryknoll program open to religious or lay people wishing to determine the challenges of ministering in another culture and the readiness to do so. The program will be held in San Antonio, Texas, beginning January 9, 1996. Call (914) 941-7590.

Mountain Retreat, a small retreat center with Anabaptist roots, proudly announces its two fall retreats: September 22-24, "A Backpack Retreat," and November 17-19, "Men's Retreat." Contact Lester Lind, Box 266, Harman, WV 26270; (304) 227-4427.

We are now interviewing for our 17th Life Direction Lab. This nine-month process begins in September and is for those who want to integrate values and vocation. Contact Working From the Heart, 1309 Merchant Lane, McLean, VA 22101; (703) 827-2742.

TRAVEL/WITNESS OPPORTUNITIES

Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation announces its next Journey of Hope will take place in California, September 22-October 8. To advocate for abolition of the death penalty, MVFR members tell their stories in church presentations, media events, university classes, town hall meetings, and concerts. To help organize, participate, or provide a meal, contact Mike Penzato, Journey of Hope, 9000 W. Washington Blvd., 2nd floor, Culver City, CA 90232; (310) 815-0450.

La Casa de Maria y Marta is hosting "Extending the Thanksgiving Table" November 22-26, an alternative Thanksgiving family vacation that includes service projects and the San Antonio River Parade. Families will be housed at La Casa. Contact: 602 Mission St., San Antonio, TX 78210; (210) 534-2064.

Witness for Peace, a faith-based human rights organization, is sending delegations to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Contact Rudee Roth, 110 Maryland Ave. NE, #311, Washington, DC 20002; (202) 544-0781.

MISCELLANEOUS

Chicago area Sojourners readers are all invited to join us. We are beginning an ecumenical faith exploration group on women and spirituality. Call Kathy HoganBruen, (312) 348-0308.

Kalamazoo Friends Meeting House is looking for residents for its two-bedroom apartment. Contact Michael at 508 Denner, Kalamazoo, MI 49006; (616) 382-1539.

Looking for a quiet place? We would like to rent our ground-level furnished apartment for a minimum of one year. Located in Maine, it sits on wooded land next to a lake. Interested females should contact Carmelite Nuns, Monastery Hermitage, RFD 1, Box 1760 (Orland), Bucksport, ME 04416; (207) 469-3456.

Peace Church United Methodist in Munich, Germany, unites many nations in English language worship and provides support and fellowship for English-speaking prisoners and asylum seekers. Contact James Dwyer, 49-89-231158-3; 73064.3062@compuserve.com.

Help start an evangelical church that meets in homes and emphasizes team leadership and relational evangelism, welcomes low-income people into fellowship, and fully includes children in community life. Contact Eddy Hall, Box 365, Goessel, KS 67053; (316) 367-2680.

The following individuals in prison request correspondence from people outside of prison: Anthony Apanovitch, #A182824 (Death Row), Box 788, Mansfield, OH 44901-0788; Warren Henness, #A287-375, DR2-1046 (Death Row), Box 788, Mansfield, OH 44901-0788; Willie Cook, #283427, Gulf Correctional Institution, P.O. Drawer 130, Wewahitchka, FL 32465-0130; Kenneth Fisher, #N52918, Box 711, Menard, IL 62259; Bruce Houser, #460890, Rt. 2, Box 4400, Gatesville, TX 76597; John Whitfield, #580180, Michael Unit, Box 4500, Tennessee Colony, TX 75886.

 

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