The Common Good
May-June 1998

Bringing People Together

by Kristin Brennan | May-June 1998

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) seeks volunteers to live in community
    and work for social justice.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) seeks volunteers to live in community and work for social justice. Short- and long-term placements include health care, literacy, music, agriculture, youth programs, and women’s projects. Volunteers must raise their own financial support. Contact CRISPAZ, 1135 Mission Road, San Antonio, TX 78210; (210) 534-6996; fax: (210) 534-4995; crispaz @igc.apc.org.
  • Providence House, providing temporary shelter to women and children in crisis, seeks one- and two-year volunteers to live as part of a core community in one of the six residences in Brooklyn, Queens, and Westchester counties. Room, board, insurance, and stipend are provided. Contact S. Janet Kinney, P.O. Box 210529, Brooklyn, NY 11221; (718) 455-0197.
  • Volunteers for Peace, a non-profit organization promoting international workcamps in 70 countries, seeks volunteers for short-term community service projects. Contact VFP International Workcamps, 43 Tiffany Road, Belmont, VT 05730; (802) 259-2759; fax: (802) 259-2922; vfp@vfp.org.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • A non-profit human service organization seeks an executive director with proven management and communication skills as well as fund-raising experience and corporate contacts. Position includes a $35,000-$40,000 salary and benefits. Fax résumé to Carol, (202) 332-0599.
  • Exodus World Service, a non-profit ministry with a mission to mobilize Christian volunteers in service to refugee families, seeks an executive director. The position includes strategic planning, board relations, fund raising, and development as well as overall administration of the organization. Send résumés to Wayne Mitchell, EWS, P.O. Box 620, Itasca, IL 60143-0620.
  • The English Speaking Church in Turin seeks a pastor to begin in September. Contact Robert Goodwin, Chair of the Search Committee, Via R. Piria 11 - 10144 TORINO; 011-447-6826.
  • The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America needs a managing director. The position includes coordinating and implementing most areas of program and financial development as well as coordinating a small staff and board of directors. Salary is negotiable, with health insurance and annuity coverage included. Women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is June 15. Contact Steve Jacobsen, BPFNA, P.O. Box 280, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745; fax: (704) 456-1883; bpfna@primeline.com.
  • COMMUNITY LIVING OPPORTUNITIES

  • L’Arche Mobile needs live-in assistants to mentally handicapped adults. We seek to create communities of peace, joining adults who are mentally handicapped with those who help them so that they may love, 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-A South Ann St., Mobile, AL 36604.
  • RETREATS AND CONFERENCES

  • Mountain Retreat, a small Christian center that seeks to connect the spiritual and organic sources of life, announces its events for the coming months. "Birds of the Sky and Flowers of the Field," May 15-17, and "Listen to the River," May 29-31, include an integration of prayer, hikes, and canoeing to increase awareness of God through nature. Contact Mountain Retreat, P.O. Box 266, Harman, WV 26270; (304) 227-4427.
  • Stony Point Center presents an ecumenical conference, "The Role of the Church in a New Africa," May 29-31. African church leaders and American specialists will put the issues of the continent in perspective. Contact Stony Point Center, Crickettown Road, Stony Point, NY 10980; (914) 786-5674.
  • Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker guest house and seminar center in Mexico City, announces their summer open seminars. "Conditions and Challenges to the Mexican Family," July 18-26, and "Democratic Struggle and Urban Popular Movements," August 22-30, include service projects, field trips, lectures, visits with local people, and group reflection. Contact Robert Sellick, Proyecto de Servicio y Educacion, La Casa de los Amigos, Ignacio Mariscal 132, 06030, Mexico, DF MEXICO; or call Mary Snyder, (715) 235-2886.
  • A non-profit educational project, our developing world, announces its Vietnam and Laos Study Tour, August 1-20. The trip focuses on development and reconciliation by visiting schools, clinics, co-ops, and craft villages, and meeting people at the grassroots level. Contact our developing world, 13004 Paseo Presada, Saratoga, CA 95070-4125; (408) 379-4431.
  • Nonviolent Alternatives, a resource and activity center for exploration and experimentation, announces its summer programs. Nonviolence and Wholistic Living, three to four weeks in July, will be held in India and is rooted in the ideas and practices of Mahatma Gandhi. In Harmony With the Lakota/Dakota, three weeks in June, will investigate the destructive effects of racism and how it has affected the Native American population. Contact Carl Kline, Nonviolent Alternatives, 825 4th St., Brookings, SD 57006; (605) 692-3680.
  • MISCELLANEOUS

  • An opportunity to share in Deerspring Partners Trust of Eastern Ohio is available. The land trust offers a five-acre site with a pole barn in a community of fellow Christians. Contact Jeri Rumsey, 55321 TR170, Fresno, OH 43824.
  • The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation announces the 1998 Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest for high school students. Essays (500 to 1,000 words) discussing the importance of human rights and responsibilities in the 21st century are due June 1, 1998. Prizes are $1,500, $1,000, and $500. For contest guidelines, a copy of last year’s winning essay, and a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, send a SASE to NAPF, 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 123, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; (805) 965-3443; fax: (805) 568-0466; e-mail: wagingpeace@napf. org.
  • A Sojourner in the Thunder Bay area of Ontario seeks other members for creation of small discussion and action group. Contact Rev. Ed Prinselaar, 215 Madeline St., Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7A 5Y8, Canada.
  • Professor at University of Arkansas seeks information about memorials to peace and peacemakers and literature written about war memorials. Contact James R. Bennett, 2582 Jimmie, Fayetteville, AR 72703-3420; jbennet@comp.uark.edu.
  • Support war tax resisters
  • even if you can’t resist yourself. Contact War Resisters Penalty Fund, Box 25, North Manchester, IN 46962.

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

    Willie James Hall, #EF235101, P.O. Box 3877 G251, Jackson, GA 30233; Robert Oldham, #219942, Unit MSU, Delaware Correctional Center, Smyrna, DE 19977; Synnachia McQueen, #305897, Bill Clements Unit, 9601 Spur 591, Amarillo, TX 79107-9606; Eric Dickey, #716911, 938 S. FM1673, Snyder, TX 79549; Sterling Scruggs, #16232, P.O. Box 1111, Carlisle, IN 47838-1111; Charles Garner, #D-06436, P.O. Box 409000, Ione, CA 95640.

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