The Common Good
March-April 1997

Bringing People Together

by Anne Wayne | March-April 1997

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Interns are needed at a Catholic Christian lay community located on 32 acres of wooded land in central Massachusetts. The community is dedicated to education in nonviolence, prayer, resistance, and simple living and seeks interns for ministry and homesteading work. Contact Agape, 2062 Greenwich Road, Ware, MA 01082; (413) 967-9369.

Come to beautiful Colorado and build adobe houses with the San Luis Valley Habitat for Humanity. For information on weeklong mission trips, write SLV HFH, P.O. Box 1197, Alamosa, CO 81101; (719) 589-8678.

Put a spark into retirement! Second Wind Ministries offers volunteer opportunities in 13 agencies serving the poor as well as a Christian community support system. A minimum commitment of two months, 20 hours a week, is required. Contact SWM, Catholic Service Center, 555 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36602.

Visions in Action, a non-profit organization that sends volunteers to Africa and Mexico to work with grassroots organizations, needs volunteers in their Washington, D.C. office to help with fund raising, recruitment, public relations, and conference organizing. Contact Elam Shaw, 2710 Ontario Road NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 625-7402.

Casa de los Amigos seeks a live-in volunteer couple or individual to manage its volunteer-operated 45-bed guest house. Familiarity with Friends and conversational Spanish are required. The one- to two-year commitment begins around May 1997. Private apartment, stipend, and travel expenses are offered. Contact Tobin Marsh, CDLA, Ignacio Mariscal 132, 06030 Mexico, DF, Mexico; (52-5) 705 0521; fax: 705 0771; amigos@laneta.apc.org

Employment Opportunities

A rector is sought for St. Bedes Episcopal Church, an inclusive parish, accepting and embracing all children of God, welcoming traditional and non-traditional households, with active lay ministry, extensive outreach, and ecumenical programs. Forward résumé and references by March 28 to Search Committee, 1601 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

Cuernavaca Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development, an ecumenical retreat center in Mexico that focuses on exposure programs for North Americans, seeks a retreat center director with experience in non-formal education, team-building skills, and a contemporary understanding of mission and liberation theology. Spanish is an asset. Contact via fax, 011 52 73 12 93 92, or e-mail CCIDD@laneta.apc.org by March 31, 1997.

The Other Side, a Christian magazine of peace, justice, and spirituality, seeks a full-time editor. Editorial and writing experience, organization, grounding in justice, and strong biblical background essential. We offer excellent benefits and work on a common salary structure—$17,745 per year for individuals (generous stipend for dependent children). Contact Search Committee, 300 West Apsley, Philadelphia, PA 19144; (215) 849-2178; TOS.PA@ecunet.org

Las Americas Refugee Asylum Project, a non-profit legal office on the U.S.-Mexico border, seeks an executive director. Duties include administering a $200,000 budget, supervising a five-member staff, record keeping, advocacy, networking, special needs programming, media relations, public education, and fund raising. Commitment to social justice for immigrants, understanding of border issues, and a public-interest background are required. Bilingual candidates are preferred. Send résumé, writing sample, and three reference letters by March 15 to LARAP Search Committee, 715 Myrtle St., El Paso, TX 79901.

Community Living Opportunities

L’Arche Mobile needs live-in assistants for mentally handicapped adults. We seek to create communities of peace where adults who are mentally handicapped and those who help them live, work, and share their lives together. Write Martin E. O’Malley, 151 South Ann St., Mobile, AL 36604.

An intentional Mennonite community farm seeks a person to share the work and management of an established 25-acre fruit and vegetable farm. Requires serious interest in ecological agriculture and Christian community. Rich rural life, no megabucks. Contact Jim Fitz, Plow Creek Fellowship, R2 Box 1C, Tiskilwa, IL 61368.

The Action, Reflection, Celebration Retreat Center, emphasizing peace, justice, prayer, and simplicity, seeks adult volunteers and staff for one-year or longer commitments beginning 1997-98. Join a resident ecumenical community that provides hospitality for guests seeking quiet retreat and renewal. Contact ARC, 1680 373rd Ave. NE, Stanchfield, MN 55080; (612) 689-3540.

Holy Family Catholic Worker House in South Bend (walking distance from the University of Notre Dame campus) seeks a director to provide hospitality for homeless families. We’re looking for an inspiring, articulate, and saintly person who will work for little more than room, board, love, and respect. Contact HFCW, P.O. Box 971, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

Full-time volunteer positions are available at Cafe 458, a restaurant for people without homes. Positions involve client interaction, administration, kitchen and cooking, and facility management. Benefits include community experience, room and board, health care, transportation, and a stipend. Contact Cafe 458, P.O. Box 89125, Atlanta, GA 30312-9125; (404) 525-3276.

Retreats and Conferences

Nonviolent Alternatives announces three programs for 1997-98: "Nonviolent Alternative: Efforts Towards Holistic Living" (four weeks in India, June-July); "Learning Harmony With the Lakota: Unlearning the Dis-Harmony of Racism" (three weeks in Lakota communities, June); and "Alternatives to Violence: The Gandhian Experiment Today" (four weeks in India, January 1998). Contact NVA, 825 4th St., Brookings, SD 57006; (605) 692-3680 or 692-8465.

Education for Conflict Resolution announces a Conflict Resolution Skills Workshop for Congregational Leaders, April 25-26, 1997. Contact ECR, P.O. Box 275, North Manchester, IN 46962-0275.

Training for Change offers Training for Social Action Trainers to increase skills in facilitation and workshop design, and to network with other trainers. Various locations are offered. Contact Matt Guyn, TFC, 4719 Springfield Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143-3514.

We are now interviewing for a unique four-month seminar on life direction starting September 1997 in the Washington, D.C. area. Identify your gifts, expand your creativity, explore vocational options, and gain support for finding work you love. Contact Working From the Heart, 1309 Merchant Lane, McLean, VA 22101; (703) 827-2742; fax: (703) 827-2289.

Miscellaneous

The 1997 Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest, which seeks suggestions for constructive approaches to the problems of war and peace, is open to all high school students. All essays must be submitted by June 6. Contact Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 123, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.

An individual living in Long Island, N.Y., seeks contact with other Sojourners and Call to Renewal enthusiasts in the region for fellowship, friendship, and discussion. Write Joe Shenk, 376B Deauville Blvd., Copiague, NY 11726-3014.

The following individuals in prison request correspondence from people outside of prison: Charles Brown J-44856, CMF V. Unit 4# cell/133#, P.O. Box 2000, Vacaville, CA 95696-2000; Lakeith Sharif, #235565/Mail no. 939, Charlotte Correctional Institution, 33123 Oil Well Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33955; Moses Judrez, 2101 FM 369/568383, Iowa Park, TX 76367; David J. Boozer, #871087, Indiana State Prison, Cell-C-365, P.O. Box 41, Michigan City, IN 46391-6041; Benny Saylor, 894793, I-416-E, P.O. Box 41, Michigan City, IN 46361-0041; Andre Woolford, 128602, P.O. Box 45699, Lucasville, OH 45699.

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