The Common Good
March-April 1996

Bringing People Together

by Sojourners | March-April 1996

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • A variety of opportunities are offered for mature Christians, age 20 and older, to serve among the urban poor and disadvantaged in Ohio and New York, striving to combine a simple lifestyle with community living. A small stipend is offered; a one-year commitment is required. Contact Marianist Voluntary Service Communities, Box 9224, Wright Bros. Branch, Dayton, OH 45409; (513) 229-4630.
  • Unity Acres, a rural Catholic Worker house offering permanent hospitality to more than 100 men, seeks a male live-in volunteer age 21 or older, committed to practicing the Works of Mercy and to community living. Volunteers receive room, board, and a small stipend. Write to Steve Dickhout, Unity Acres, Box 153, Orwell, NY 13426.
  • Mennonite Board of Missions Voluntary Service seeks to place Christians committed to living in community, working with the disadvantaged and on peace and justice issues, and living a simple lifestyle within crosscultural settings. Room, board, and other benefits are provided. Contact MBM Personnel Office, Box 370, Elkhart, IN 46515-0370; (219) 294-7523.
  • Volunteers are needed at a small residential therapeutic community for young adults with special needs in rural New York. Volunteers live, work, learn, and teach full time in the community, offering work training for handicapped residents in farming, gardening, crafts, and baking. An optional social therapy seminar is offered with full living expenses and some benefits for a one-year commitment. Write Triform Camphill Community, Triform Road, Hudson, NY 12534.
  • The United Methodist Buffalo Mountain Retreat Center is seeking an adult retreat center ministries intern. Applicants should have gifts in hospitality and retreat facilitation. The center is a 32-bed facility serving the religious as well as the secular community. Send résumé to Rev. Joe-d DowlingSoka, 241 Methodist Camp Road, Jonesborough, TN 37659.
  • The International Service for Peace (SIPAZ), a coalition dedicated to supporting the peace process in Chiapas, Mexico, is currently seeking long-term volunteers. Team members maintain communication with all sectors involved in the conflict, accompany those threatened with violence, and analyze and report on the peace process. For more information, contact SIPAZ, 515 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; (408) 423-1626; fax (408) 423-8716; fornatl@igc.apc.org.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • The position of campus minister is open at the University of Maine, Orono, for full-time ministry beginning in August 1996. Experienced clergy from UCC, PCUSA, UMC, or ELCA are encouraged to apply. Send résumé and reference letters to Philip Hastings, Wilson Center, 67 College Ave., Orono, ME 04473; (207) 941-6715.
  • Two positions are currently available at Joseph's House, a home for homeless men with HIV/AIDS. The first, executive director, requires a degree in the field of human services, with experience in hospice care and addictions preferred. The second, clinical director, requires an R.N. with advanced preparation in psychosocial nursing and care of persons with addictions and HIV/AIDS. Send résumés to David Hilfiker, M.D., 1750 Columbia Road NW, Washington DC 20009; (202) 328-9161.

COMMUNITY LIVING

  • The Community of the Ascension, a developing Episcopal religious community for women, is seeking members for short-term and/or long-term commitment, as well as extern and associate members (both men and women). Our ministries of serving children in foster care, women in prison, and working for racial harmony are in the formative stage. For more information, write Sister Mary Winifred, 103 High St., Cambridge, MD 21613.
  • Internships are available at Agape, a Catholic lay community in central Massachusetts dedicated to education in nonviolence, prayer, and simple living. Located on 32 acres of wooded land, we seek interns for our ministry and homesteading work. Contact Agape Community, 2062 Greenwich Road, Ware, MA 01082; (413) 967-9369.
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Lay Volunteers, in solidarity with poor people in Baltimore, Milwaukee, and elsewhere, seek women and men, age 21 and older, who are called to a simple lifestyle and community living. For information contact SSNDLV, c/o Marguerite Weiler, 6401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21212-1099; (410) 377-5179, or Kay Jarema, SSND, 1233 N. Marshall St., Milwaukee, WI 53202; (414) 278-7300.

RETREATS & CONFERENCES

  • There are several upcoming spring events at Mountain Retreat, a small retreat center with Anabaptist roots: "Come, Rest, Pray" (a quiet retreat) on March 15-17; "Living Bread" (a bread-baking retreat) on April 19-21; and "Unending Currents" (a canoe retreat) on May 24-26. For more information contact Mountain Retreat, Box 266, Harman, WV 26270; (304) 227-4427.
  • "Community Change Agents Project" provides support and expands the leadership and management skills of executive directors and senior staff of community-based organizations. Engage in an intensive, energized, peer-supported year of learning in four seminars: "Organizational Visioning, Ethics, and Planning"; "People, Empowerment, and Organizational Ownership"; "Politics, Policy, and Advocacy"; and "Non-profit Management and Administration." Contact Sabrina Jones at (202) 342-0594 for additional information.
  • Nonviolent Alternatives announces three programs for 1996-97: "Efforts Toward Wholistic Living," four weeks in India during June-July; "Learning Harmony With the Lakota," three weeks in Lakota communities in June; and "Alternatives to Violence," three weeks in India in January 1997. Contact Nonviolent Alternatives, 825 4th St., Brookings, SD 57006; (605) 692-3680.
  • The Kairos Community announces its 1996 International Seminar, Partnership in Mission, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 15-August 8. Contact José Mármol 1734, (1602) Florida, Buenos Aires, Argentina; (541) 796-3306; admin@kairos.cci.org.ar.
  • PAX, a Catholic community of Northern Virginia, and the Center for Children and Theology are sponsoring a workshop on Christian nonviolence by Father Charles McCarthy, co-founder of Pax Christi (USA), April 26-28 in Washington, D.C. For more information, call Kate Collins at (301) 927-1680.
  • Preparing for Cross-Cultural Ministry? If so, Maryknoll can help you. Our month-long residential program will assist you in addressing the challenges of crosscultural mission. We will help you determine your readiness to minister in another culture. The next program will be held in Moraga, Calif., June 25-July 24, 1996. Contact Cross-Cultural Training Services, (914) 941-7590, ext. 2394.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • What have you done to publicize an action, a speech, a demonstration, or the very philosophy of nonviolence? Please send your stories -from a few sentences to a few pages-to be incorporated into a project on "Nonviolence and the Media." All sources will be given credit except those who request anonymity, and a share of all book sales will go to nonviolent resistance groups. Contact If I had a pen project, 12833E STH113, Maple WI 54854; (715) 364-8533.
  • The following individuals in prison request correspondence from people outside of prison: Rodney D. Meador, #471975, Box 9200, Telford Unit, New Boston, TX 75570; Wilfred Knox, #388893 MB#828, Charlotte Correctional Institution, 33123 Oil Well Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33955; Bobby Owens, #639436, Rt. 2, Box 2250 11/34, Palestine, TX 75882; L. Dean Drummond, #28632, 700 Conley Lake Road, Deer Lodge, MT 59722; Frank Walls, #112850, Union Correctional Institution, Box 221, 41-2036-A-1, Raiford, FL 32083; Charles Shaw, #68095, Retrieve Unit, Rt. 5, Box 1500, Angleton, TX 77515; Tom Taylor, #65407, Arizona State Prison, 2100 South Highway 87, Winslow, AZ 86047; Dion Herring, CDC#J61356, California Medical Facility State Prison, Box 2000, J-162L, Vacaville, CA 95696-2000.
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