The Common Good
September-October 1996

Bringing People Together

by Brett Grainger | September-October 1996

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Community workers are needed
    for many North American assignments.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Community workers are needed for many North American assignments. Must be committed to Christian faith, peace and justice, and community living. Room, board, and other personal benefits are provided. Contact Mennonite Voluntary Service, Box 347, Newton, KS 67114; (316) 283-5100.
  • A rural homeless shelter in Colorado is seeking volunteers to help with the needs of shelter guests, coordinate community volunteers, and assist in managing the community store. Room, board, stipend, and essentials are provided; Spanish would be helpful. Contact Lance at La Puente Home, Box 1235, Alamosa, CO 81101; (719) 589-5909.
  • Come join us! We need folks to help with our work for the homeless and needy. We are an alternative social group based on Catholic Worker ideals. For more information, contact Bread & Roses, 1320 8th Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501; (360) 754-4085.
  • The Coalition to House the Homeless is seeking a host group of at least two adults—one bilingual in Spanish—to live at Hospitality House in Elizabeth, N.J. The group or family is provided with its own apartment, and is responsible for assisting two families on evenings and weekends and the functioning of the house. Contact the coordinator for Coalition to House the Homeless at (908) 352-2966 or -2989.
  • Mission-minded individuals or couple are needed to provide hospitality for weekend guests at a United Methodist retreat center in the Smoky Mountains. Housing and meals are provided. For more information and a complete job description, contact Camp Wesley, 329 Wesley Woods Road, Townsend, TN 37882; (423) 448-2246.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Equity Trust is a non-profit organization with an innovative program of land reform and community development finance, including community-supported agriculture and stewardship and disposition of religious lands. It is currently offering the following positions: business manager, loan officer, events organizer, executive assistant, and property manager. Compensation is modest and based on personal need; room and board are included. For more information, contact Chuck Matthei, Equity Trust, 539 Beach Pond Road, Voluntown, CT 06384; (860) 376-6174.
  • A small, social-activist, union church (UPUSA/ UCC) seeks a half-time outreach minister whose primary mission will be to continue a new ministry to young adults of the cultural Left (Generation X). This person must be able to communicate with such folks and organize them around their perceived needs. Send a letter of introduction and inquiry to Hal Fox, 2005 Burroughs Dr., Dayton, OH 45406.
  • Emmaus Ministries, a Christian outreach to young men in Chicago, is looking for a ministry coordinator. Responsible for a night-time outreach program and a daytime ministry center, this man must be able to lead and develop volunteers, have an ability for reaching young men on the street, and be able to develop a vision for future ministry. Contact John Green, Executive Director, Emmaus Ministries, 4736 N. Winthrop, Chicago, IL 60640; (800) 378-4445; e-mail emmaus@ix.netcom.com.
  • Iowa Peace Network, affiliated with historic peace and United Methodist churches, seeks a full-time coordinator who would have responsibilities for publishing the Dovetail newsletter, programming, networking, and administration/ fund raising. Job-sharing couples are encouraged to apply. Direct inquiries to Search Committee, Iowa Peace Network, 4211 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312-2496, before September 30, 1996.
  • INFACT, effectively campaigning to stop corporate abuses for 19 years, seeks a fund-raiser with a commitment to social change, organizing, and three years in-person fund-raising experience. Salary DOE, excellent benefits. Send résumé and cover letter to 256M Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113; (617) 742-4583.

RETREATS AND CONFERENCES

  • Nobel Peace Prize nominee Father Charles McCarthy will present a retreat September 27-29 titled "Meeting the Non-Violent Jesus: A Journey of Renewal" at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Call Tom Keene of Pax Christi at (210) 826-6656 or Cathy Weber at (210) 697-8356 for more information.
  • Churches for Middle East Peace, a joint program of mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Peace churches, is publishing a full-page ad calling for a shared Jerusalem in The New York Times. A minimum of $25 is needed to list an individual's name and $100 for an organizational endorsement. Contact CMEP 110 Maryland Ave. NE, #108, Washington, DC 20002; (202) 546-8425; fax (202) 543-7532.
  • Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding invite you to attend "A Call for Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Peace in the Middle East," September 20-21, 1996, at North Park College, 3225 W. Foster, Chicago. EMEU's national conference focuses on how the church can be a part of the healing God intends for these strife-torn lands. For more information, call (312) 244-5785 or 5786; e-mail: dwagner@npcts.edu.
  • Earth Justice Ministries invites all to attend their Western Regional Conference, titled "God's Earth, Our Home—Environmental Justice and Christian Faith," October 11-12, 1996, in Santa Cruz, Calif. For registration form and information, contact Earth Justice Ministries, 164 Hollywood Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060; (408) 429-1566; e-mail: gdelgado@cruzio. com.
  • The first annual peace dialogue in honor of M.K. Gandhi's birthday, "A New Generation of Peace," will be held October 4-6, 1996, in San Antonio, Texas. Keynote speakers will be the grandchildren of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and César Chávez. Contact M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, 650 E. Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104; (901) 452-2824.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty works to end executions, promote humane alternatives to the death penalty, and provide outreach to murder victims' families. Join us in "Journey of Hope," two weeks of action against the death penalty, September 21-October 6, 1996. Contact VADP, Box 4804, Charlottesville, VA 22905; (804) 263-8148.
  • An individual seeks free legal assistance in a Florida retirement home case. Contact Edward Pennington III, 1702 Van Ness St. #27, Orlando, FL 32810-5301; (407) 578-9342.
  • All are invited to participate in Freedomwalk, a four-day journey for justice through the heart of southwest Georgia, September 15-18, 1996. The Prison and Jail Project is committed to focusing public attention on the conditions in southwest Georgia's jails, and to speaking out against the unfair practices of law enforcement agencies in this part of the state. For more information, call John Cole Vodicka at (912) 924-0671.
  • Pilgrim Press is considering submissions for The New Century Anthem Series. All works are invited, especially unison, two-part for children, youth, and adults. Optional instrumentation is encouraged. Text may be new or old, but must be inclusive language and not previously published. Contact Music Editor, Pilgrim Press, 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115.
  • Single gentleman seeks contacts with progressive small Franciscan communities throughout the United States. Please write to Box 1602, Sioux Falls, SD 57101.
  • For a faith-based alternative to the Religious Right, join the Interfaith Alliance of Washington State. Help in promoting public civility and the virtues of compassion, justice, and tolerance. Contact Phillip Brooke at Box 2161, Woodinville, WA 98072-2161; (206) 725-4095 or (206) 654-3468.

The following individuals in prison request correspondence from people outside of prison: Rey S. Guerrero, #604355, Bill Clements Unit, 9601 Spur 591, Amarillo, TX 79107; Raymond Stone, #010236-4-3-102-L, Box 510, Vernon, FL 32462; Donald Hairgrove, #178175X, Holman 3700, Atmore, AL 36503-3700; Lawrence R. Moyer, #59305, Box 2199, B5-208L, Ironwood State Prison, Blythe, CA 92226-2199; Ural Davis, D-89577, A-8-115, Box 290066, Represa, CA 95671; Michael Ontiveros, #61714, Box 3400, Florence Complex, SMU II, Florence, AZ 85232; Ted Scuggs, #16232, Box 1111, Carlisle, IN 47838.

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