The Common Good
March-April 1998

Bringing People Together

by Kristin Brennan | March-April 1998

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Christ House, a residential medical facility for homeless men in Washington, D.C., has yearlong, full-time volunteer opportunities beginning in September, including registered nurse, administrative aide, patient activities coordinator, maintenance assistant, kitchen assistant, and social work assistant. Volunteers live in community and receive room, board, stipend, and health insurance. Contact Cathy Heinhold, 1717 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-1100.
  • Holden Village, an ecumenical retreat center rooted in Lutheran tradition, seeks an environmentally conscientious "garbologist" volunteer for leadership in solid waste/recycling efforts within an intentional Christian community, beginning in March. Contact Holden Village, HCOO Stop 2, Chelan, WA 98816.
  • The Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless seeks a live-in volunteer for interfaith ministry with people who are homeless. The position is available beginning in March-April 1998. Contact Sally Hindman, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704; (510) 548-0551.
  • ARC (Action, Reflection, Celebration) retreat center seeks adult volunteers and staff to provide hospitality for guests looking for quiet retreat and renewal within a residential ecumenical community. Positions last one year or more and begin in summer-fall 1998. Contact ARC, 1680 373rd Ave. NE, Stanchfield, MN 55080; (612) 689-3540.
  • Emmaus Community invites men and women to join in solidarity with the homeless of Harlem for a year. Business, construction, computer, and musical skills are needed. Volunteers must be able to work in a crisis environment and be ready to join a Christian prayer group within a homeless community. Contact Father David Kirk, Emmaus/Harlem, P.O. Box 1177, New York, NY 10035; fax: (212) 410-4377.
  • The International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) seeks volunteers to join a team in Chiapas, Mexico. Volunteers must have Spanish fluency, a background in nonviolent peacemaking or conflict resolution, and be comfortable working with faith-based groups. SIPAZ provides room and board and basic expenses for volunteers in the field. Contact SIPAZ, P.O. Box 2415, Santa Cruz, CA 95063; (408) 425-1257; sipaz@apc.org.
  • New Franciscan project in Las Vegas seeks one or two volunteers to provide daily hospitality to homeless men, including showers, laundry facilities, and light meals in a home-like setting in the Franciscan-Catholic Worker tradition. Room, board, and a small monthly stipend are provided. Contact Brother David Buer, 1420 W. Bartlett Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106.
  • Visions in Action, a non-profit organization that sends volunteers to work in Africa and Mexico with grassroots development organizations and the progressive press, seeks volunteers to help with fund raising, public relations, recruitment, and the annual Working for Global Justice conference. Contact Elma Shaw, 2710 Ontario Road NW, Washington DC 20009; (202) 625-7402.
  • Discipleship Year is a program for people drawn to live and work in association with Jubilee Ministries and the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. Participants volunteer full time for a local ministry while focusing on intentional Christian living and being in relationship with people who are excluded from our society. Contact Susan Burton, Servant Leadership School, 1640 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-1102.

Employment Opportunities

  • Christian Education youth minister is sought for a three-person team ministry. Worship participation and pastoral care are shared with the team. A master of divinity and experience in these areas are desired. Compensation includes salary, housing, and a full benefit package. Contact Search Committee, First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915.
  • Austin Travis County (ATC) Refugee Services seeks a full-time house manager to work in a refugee settlement. The position includes room and board and a $500 monthly stipend. Send a résumé to ATC Refugee Services, 5555 N. Lamar, K-100, Austin, TX 78751.
  • The Mission of the Holy Spirit, an outreach program of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia focused on empowering inner-city youth, seeks a part-time director to work with program development, coordination, and community involvement. The Mission seeks a grounded Christian, either lay or clergy, who is committed to community development and able to work with volunteers. Contact Rev. Susan S. Keller, 600 Talbot Hall Road, Norfolk, VA 23505; (757) 423-8287.
  • Education for Conflict Resolution Inc. (ECR) seeks a director of development to coordinate fund raising and organizational development, working with membership, donors, and grant proposals. The position requires commitment to community peacemaking and empowerment, ability to work collaboratively, and a demonstrated fund-raising ability. Contact ECR Inc., P.O. Box 275, North Manchester, IN 46962; (202) 982-4621; e-mail: bgross@igc.org.

Retreats and Conferences

  • Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) offers a Summer Peacebuilding Institute, May 4-June 26, with 15 short intensive courses for academic credit or professional training. Contact Conflict Transformation Program, EMU, Harrisonburg, VA 22802; (540)432-4490; e-mail: ctprogram@emu.edu.
  • Abba House of Prayer offers private and directed retreats focused on the integration of prayer and peace and justice issues in today’s world. Contact Elizabeth Hoye, RSCJ, 647 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203; (518) 438-8320.
  • Our Mother of Perpetual Help Retreat Center presents Encounter With Silence, August 2-9, a six-day silent retreat in a contemplative setting outside of Milwaukee. The retreat, described by Dorothy Day as "like hearing the gospel for the first time," draws its power from an uncompromising reflection on scripture. Contact Sister Joan Francis, 28750 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336; (248) 473-7150.
  • The National Conference for the Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF) announces "Hope for Broken Communities," a conference for nurses, physicians, front office staff, and administrators to be held May 14-17, in Denver, Colo. Contact CCHF, P.O. Box 12548, Philadelphia, PA 19151; (215) 877-1200; e-mail: cchf@juno.com.

Miscellaneous

  • A small group of folks in the Detroit area from a variety of Christian traditions who are committed to social justice are looking for others to join in regular study, reflection, and support. The group meets on Sunday evenings twice a month in members’ homes. Contact Ken Smith, 16240 North Park Dr., #102, Southfield, MI 48075; (248) 569-1223.
  • Children’s artwork from Bosnia is available free for display, discussion, and reflection. Some pictures portray the truth of war while others show hope for the future and all speak to the need for peace. We promised the children we would share their art with America. Contact Judith Moran, P.O. Box 55, Grafton, MA 01519; (508) 839-5895.
  • Peace Review, a quarterly, multidisciplinary journal of essays addressing broad issues of peace, human rights, and development announces upcoming themes for their publication: Summer 1998, "Anniversaries of U.S. Empire 1848-1898-1998"; Winter 1998, "Overcoming Linguistic Violence." Please submit 2,500- to 3,500-word essays on IBM or Mac disk to Robert Elias, Editor, Peace Review, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117; (415) 422-6349; fax: (415) 388-2631/422-2772; e-mail: elias@usfca.edu.
  • For a newsletter on human rights in Northern Ireland, write The Irish Witness, Centre for Human Rights, 7 Springhill Close, Ballymurphy, Belfast BT12, Northern Ireland.

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

Charles Clark #271421, A.C.I., P.O. Box 4501, Lima, OH 45802; Ben Lujin #932992, C.I.F., P.O. Box 601, Pendleton, IN 46064-0601; Rev. L.J. Guillory, P.O. Box 3476-H91159, Corcoran, CA 93212; Delilah Deckard #523008, P.O. Box 6000, Marlin, TX 76661; Ronald Glover #109154, LA State Prison, Angola, LA 70712; Bill W. Howard #492-V01703, 19000 SW 377th St., Dade Correction Institution, Florida City, FL 33034.

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