The Common Good
May-June 1997

Bringing People Together

by Anne Wayne | May-June 1997

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Take part in the farm worker accompaniment ministry by people of faith during the 1997 Oregon berry and vegetable harvest, May 26-June 30. Commitment is one to seven days. Be present with union organizers in fields and labor camps to witness conditions and advocate fair pay and safe conditions. Long hours; Spanish is helpful, but not necessary. Contact Oregon Farm Worker Ministry, 390 N. Kings Valley Highway, Dallas, OR 97338; (503) 623-5153.
  • Christ House, a residential medical facility for homeless men in Washington, D.C., has yearlong volunteer opportunities for a registered nurse, administrative aide, patient activities coordinator, maintenance assistant, van driver, kitchen assistant, and social work assistant. Volunteers live together in community. Room, board, stipend, and health insurance are included. Contact Cathy Heinhold, Christ House, 1717 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-1100.
  • Witness for Peace, a faith-based human rights organization, needs volunteers for work on Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Haiti. Help with documentation of U.S. foreign and economic policies, support for human rights, and hosting short-term delegations. Spanish fluency and a two-year commitment are required. Contact 110 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002; (202) 544-0781; e-mail: Witness@w4peace.org

Employment Opportunities

  • Loan fund manager and office manager are needed for a small non-profit with an innovative program of land reform and community development finance, special initiatives in community-supported agriculture, and stewardship of religious lands. Compensation is modest according to need; room and board are provided. Contact Chuck Matthei, Equity Trust, 539 Beach Pond Road, Voluntown, CT 06384; (860) 376-6174.

Community Living Opportunities

  • Bread and Roses, a community in Olympia, Wash., needs people interested in living in community and working with the homeless in our shelter, drop-in center, and community kitchen. Based on the Catholic Worker model, our community is open to people of all faiths. Contact Michelle Williams, B&R, 1320 SE 8th Ave., Olympia, WA 98501; (360) 754-4085.

Retreats and Conferences

  • Christian Community Health Fellowship, an interdenominational organization dedicated to "living out the gospel through health care among the poor," is holding its annual conference in Raleigh, N.C., May 29-June 1, at St Augustine's College. The conference theme is "One Spirit, Many Gifts." Contact CCHF, P.O. Box 12548, Philadelphia, PA 19151-0548; (215) 877-1200; e-mail: cchf@juno.com
  • "Anabaptists in Conversation: Mennonite and Brethren Interactions With Twentieth Century Theologies" is a conference to be held June 19-21 at The Young Center for the Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Groups. Contact Anabaptist Conversation Conference, The Young Center, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298; (717) 361-1470; fax: (717) 361-1443; e-mail: youngctr @acad.etown.edu
  • Witness for Justice is a full-day immersion organized by Oregon Farm Worker Ministry in cooperation with Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, on Saturday, May 17. Delegates from faith communities will experience the daily life and reflect upon the struggle for justice of Oregon farm workers. Write Candace Nichols, P.O. Box 6061, Salem, OR 97304, or call Ed Brandt, OFWM, (503) 623-5153.
  • Abba House of Prayer offers private and directed retreats to persons interested in the integration of prayer and peace and justice issues in today's world. We are members of Pax Christi and Bread for the World, and Sojourners readers. Contact Elizabeth Hoye, R.S.C.J., 647 Western Ave., Albany, NY, 12203; (518) 438-8320.
  • The Fifth General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society will be held in Mobile, Ala., June 12-15. The conference theme is "From the Springs of Compassion: Solitude, Solidarity, Social Transformation." Contact Graduate Studies/ITMS, Spring Hill College, 4000 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36608-1791; (334) 380-3094; e-mail: grad@shc.edu
  • Innermission announces its Coming Home Women's Retreat, May 16-18. This is an ecumenical Christian retreat offering rest, play, reflection, intergenerational wisdom, and personal and group prayer. Innermission also offers other ecumenical prayer experiences. For a free brochure, contact Innermission, 419 Elizabeth St., Batavia, IL 60510; (630) 879-2077 or (630) 825-7107.

Miscellaneous

  • MoSAIC, Methodist Students for an All-Inclusive Church, is a national student network that seeks to dismantle ecclesial systems of oppression against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons. Students committed to grassroots organizing and creating a peaceful dialogue within the church can contact Trey Hall, 3801 N. Keeler, Chicago, IL 60641; (773) 736-5526; fax (773) 736-5475.
  • El Porvenir, a non-profit development organization, offers two-week work brigades to Nicaragua. Live in a small rural community and work with local people in the construction of a potable water project. The group is limited to 10 persons, accompanied by an experienced bilingual U.S. coordinator. Contact P.O. Box 1213, Ventura, CA 93002; (805) 653-1488.
  • A Presbyterian minister (slightly used), with 20 years experience and currently a Sojourners intern, is seeking a position with a loving congregation, Presbyterian or not, that is active in the neighborhood and community that it serves. Will preach for food and shelter. Contact Doug Maben at Sojourners; e-mail: dsmaben@usa.net
  • Bilingual (Spanish) layperson is seeking a ministerial or teaching position in the New York City area. I have an M.A. in theology and experience in religious education, youth ministry, and substance abuse counseling. I'm available to begin September, and earlier is negotiable. Excellent references. Contact Fernando Arzola Jr., 239 East 21st St., New York, NY 10010; (212) 475-1966.
  • The Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies announces the new edition of its Guide to Careers, Internships, and Graduate Education in Peace Studies. It contains complete and up-to-date information on graduate programs, fellowships, and organizations in the field. Contact PAWSS, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002; (413) 582-5367; fax: (413) 582-5620; e-mail: pawss@hampshire.edu
  • Peace Review, a quarterly, multidisciplinary journal of essays addressing broad issues of peace, human rights, and development, is calling for 2,500-3,500 word essays for upcoming issues. For themes contact Robert Elias, Editor, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117; (415) 422-6349; fax: (415) 388-2631; e-mail: eliasr@usfca.edu
  • Peace Brigades International is sponsoring a delegation of international concern and accompaniment for June 13-29 to Guatemala and El Salvador. The group will meet with human rights organizations, popular movement groups, and government and embassy officials to explore what "peace" really means. Contact PBI at (510) 540-0749; e-mail: pbiusa@igc.apc.org

The following individuals in prison request correspondence from people outside of prison: Danny Davila Sanchez #559533, Wynne Unit, Huntsville, TX 77349; Jovan McClenton #J-64472, P.B.S.P./SHU C-8 212, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City, CA 95532; Michelle Love #OC4163, P.O. Box 180, Muncy, PA 17756; James C. Sanders #B035844, P.O. Drawer 130/74-211-L, Gulf Correctional Institution, Wewahitchka, FL 32465; Robert Vital #W-58209, N.C.C.I., P.O. Box 466, Gardner, MA 01440; Tom F. Sherrell, #X36175-U-32-A Building, Parchman, MS 38738.

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