The Common Good
September-October 1997

Bringing People Together

by Anne Wayne | September-October 1997

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

  • "Aids Ministry Training at San Francisco General Hospital" offers lay persons, clergy, and seminarians a 10-week chaplaincy internship, combining HIV/AIDS education and pastoral care training, at a health care facility renowned for AIDS research and patient care. Spaces are available for fall 1997 and summer and fall 1998. Contact Sojourn Chaplaincy, SFGH, 1001 Potrero Ave., Room 2F4, San Francisco, CA 94110; (415) 206-8500.
  • The Guatemala Accompaniment Project of New Jersey and New York seeks volunteers to live in the community of Aurora 8 de Octubre (Alta Verapaz). Live as observers and participants in community life and increase security against human rights violations by providing full-time accompaniment. Knowledge of Spanish and Central American history and politics is required. High priority is given to individuals from the New Jersey-New York area. Contact Joyce Penfield, (908) 940-1656; e-mail: penfield@rci.rutgers.edu

Employment Opportunities

  • The Other Side, a Christian magazine of peace, justice, and spirituality, seeks a director of operations to coordinate overall management, long-range planning, personnel, and board development. Team-building skills and two to four years of administrative experience are required. We offer excellent benefits and work on a common salary structure. Contact Search Committee, 300 West Apsley, Philadelphia, PA 19144; (215) 849-2178; e-mail: TOS.PA@ecunet.org
  • Home for homeless men with AIDS seeks a full-time nurse-clinical director to coordinate nursing care (RNs and personal care aides) and case management in a loving, nurturing, and supportive environment. Addictions experience and/or experience in building community are a plus. Salary is $31,000. Contact Joseph’s House, 1750 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009.
  • University Christian Church, an evangelical church in Cincinnati, seeks a full-time urban youth and family minister to coordinate outreach and ministry in our urban neighborhood. Given the demographics of our community, we are seeking an African American to fill this position. All applicants will be considered. Contact UCC, 245 W. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45219; (513) 241-2140; e-mail: ucc@one.net
  • Health educators are needed for rural, coastal Somerset County, Md., two hours from Washington, D.C./Baltimore. The county has a population that is 40 percent African-American, 60 percent Caucasian, plus Mexican farm workers. Six full-time salaried positions in program direction, community development, and prevention of adolescent pregnancy, alcohol/drug use, cardiovascular disease, and injury. Seeking trained, experienced staff. Positions close September 8. Contact Lori Wyatt or Ruth Brown; (410) 651-5600.

Community Living Opportunities

  • Full-time volunteers are needed for alternative life-sharing community with adults with mental disabilities. Duties include house parenting, and working in the weavery, woodshop, bakery, kitchens, and gardens of a 500-acre farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Volunteers must be 21 years old and able to make a one-year commitment in exchange for room, board, medical benefits, and $160 per month. Contact Recruiting, Innisfree Village, 5505 Walnut Level Road, Crozet, VA 22932.
  • Full-time volunteer positions are available at Cafe 458, a restaurant for people without homes. Positions involve client interaction, administration, kitchen, cooking, and facility management duties. Benefits include community experience, room and board, health care, transportation, and a monthly stipend. Contact Cafe 458, P.O. Box 89125, Atlanta, GA 30312-9125; (404) 525-3276.
  • L’Arche Mobile needs live-in assistants to 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. L’Arche is an international federation of Christian communities founded by Jean Vanier. Contact Martin E. O’Malley, 151 South Ann St., Mobile, AL 36604.

Retreats and Conferences

  • The Interfaith Network of Earth Concerns and the Western Small Church/Rural Life Center present the 1997 Forum on Church and Land at the University of Portland (Ore.), November 6-8. The theme is "A Place at the Table: Rediscovering a Faith-based Ethic for Food Justice, Food Sustainability, and Food Security." Contact Jenny Holmes, INEC/EMO, 0245 SW Bancroft, Portland, OR 97213; (503) 281-8175.
  • We are a small Christian retreat center that explores connections between the spiritual and organic sources of life. We offer a Harvest Retreat, September 12-14; a Backpack Retreat, October 3-5; and a Men’s Retreat, November 21-23. Contact Mountain Retreat, Box 266, Harman, WV 26270; (304) 227-4427.

Miscellaneous

  • Citizens United to Reform the Economy is a non-partisan citizens’ action organization fighting the growing inequality of wealth in the United States by promoting the concept of building up citizens’ productive assets. Contact 3950 Mountain Vista, #117, Las Vegas, NV 89121; http://www.tricks. com/CURE/
  • Get intensive physical, mental, and spiritual training in active nonviolence at a pacifist boot camp. Curriculum includes conflict resolution, community development, pacifist history, planning direct actions, and daily practice of aikido, a nonviolent martial art. Cost is $1,600 per month. Contact (800) 634-6363.
  • "Preparing for Cross-Cultural Ministry" is a month-long residential Maryknoll program open to religious or lay people wishing to determine the particular challenges of ministering in another culture and their readiness to do so. It will be held in San Antonio, Texas, January 13-February 11, 1998. Contact Maria, (914) 941-7590, ext. 2394.
  • The Fourth Annual Troubadours Festival will be held October 23-25 in San Francisco, Calif. It will showcase film-video projects by independent Christian producers and artists, and projects by non-Christians that look at various aspects of Christian culture. Contact Brett Lutz, Curator, Cathedral X, P.O. Box 192845, San Francisco, CA 94119-2845; (415) 863-5201.
  • I have had the dream for many years of starting an ecumenical orphanage and reforestation project (with many other possibilities) in Chiapas or Central America. I have financial resources and credentials but need some dedicated help. Any interest? Contact Peter Smith, R3, Hillsboro, WI 54634.
  • The Seminary Consortium on Urban Pastoral Education offers a six-month M.Div. internship program beginning January 1 that integrates ministry experience with a semester of course work. Classes include "Urban Principalities and the Spirit of the City," "Church-based Community Development," and "Dimensions and Dynamics of Urban Ministry." Contact Bill Wylie-Kellermann at SCUPE, 200 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601; (312) 726-1200.

The following individuals in prison request correspondence from people outside of prison:

Leonard Reed, #609522, John B. Connelly Unit, HC67 Box 115, Kenedy, TX 78119; Brian K. Lee, #124-617 AC-246, P.O. Box 740, London, OH 43140; Eris S. Blount #83A2088, Drawer B, Stormville, NY 12582-0010; Rufus Killen #882607, W.V.C.F.-SHU, P.O. Box 1111, Carlisle, IN 47838; Nelson Earl Mitchell, P.O. Box 3877, Jackson, GA 30233, G4-116-253726; Rodney D. Meador, #471975, P.O. Box 9200, Telford Unit, New Boston, TX 75570.

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