The Common Good
July-August 1999

Bringing people together.

by Julie Polter | July-August 1999

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Catholic Network of Volunteer Service, a nonprofit resource center for 180 faith-based lay volunteer programs, seeks two full-time, yearlong volunteers, an administrative assistant and an office assistant, beginning August 2. Bachelor’s degree and excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and writing skills are required. Housing, stipend, and health/dental insurance are provided. Send an application letter, rTsumT, and three references by June 21 to Associate Director, CNVS, 4121 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC 20017; volunteer@cnvs.org; fax: (202) 526-1094. No phone calls please.

Employment Opportunities

Christ House, a 34-bed medical facility for homeless patients, has an immediate full-time opening for a nurse practitioner. This is an opportunity to work with an enthusiastic team providing quality care to adult patients who present with a constellation of illnesses. Christ House provides good salary, excellent benefits, and a sound orientation program. Please mail or fax rTsumT to Christ House, 1717 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-1100; fax: (202) 232-4972.

Kirkridge Retreat Center is seeking a full-time associate for promotion and development to be responsible for marketing, public relations, fund raising, grant writing, and endowment development. For the job description and terms, contact Search Committee, Kirkridge, 2495 Fox Gap Road, Bangor, PA 18013.

Join us on staff at the Center for Action and Contemplation in offering a faith alternative to the dominant consciousness by way of internships, retreats, and conferences teaching and striving to live the integration of social justice and prayer. Each staff person has specific tasks, but all participate in the contemplative life of the center, and creating new visions to forward the mission of this "school of prophets." Contact Kathleen O’Malley, CAC, P.O. Box 12464, Albuquerque, NM 87195-2464; (505) 242-9588.

Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, seeks an energetic and outgoing chaplain for a small college community. Responsibilities include the university’s religious life program; pastoral care and counseling to students, faculty, and staff; community service projects and activities; and liaison with religious leaders in the community and region. Candidates must possess strong communication skills, be an ordained Presbyterian minister, and have pastoral experience, preferably in a college/university setting. Submit your PIF with a letter of interest to Human Resource Department, BVU, 610 W. Fourth St., Storm Lake, IA 50588. An Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act institution.

Journey Into Freedom, an ecumenical ministry in Portland, Ore., seeks a part-time administrative assistant with gifts of organization and attention to detail. This person, working out of a sense of call, needs to embrace our vision and mission, plus enjoy hanging around a bunch of "strange characters" on the journey. Contact Esther or Dale, 4620 SW Caldew St. #E, Portland, OR 97219; (503) 244-4728; journey@teleport.com.

The Africa Faith and Justice Network, a nonprofit Catholic network committed to transforming U.S. policy through education and advocacy on behalf of justice for Africa, seeks an executive director for its national office in Washington, D.C. Experience in Africa, administration skills, fund raising and development abilities, familiarity with policy issues, an advanced degree or equivalent work experience, and a commitment to collaboration are required. Commensurate compensation and benefits package provided. Send cover letter, rTsumT, and three recent letters of reference as soon as possible to Seamus Finn, OMI, 391 Michigan Ave., Washington, DC 20017.

Apple picking affords an excellent opportunity for men and women of conscience to come together in fellowship, to affirm the dignity of simple agrarian labor, and to earn money. Won’t you join us? Write Don Hoffman, 289 Balltown Road, Gardners, PA 17324.

Community Living Opportunities

The Hermitage of the Advent is a small new monastic community (contemplative) being formed on the East Coast. We live the traditional monastic values (silence, solitude, prayer—liturgical and private—reading and study, community and relaxation, work according to each one’s gifts). We also attend to contemporary questions and values—ecology, psychology, women’s issues, social concern, and the like. We invite anyone interested in such a life to be in touch. Write to hermitage@dreamcom.net or call (781) 545-6688.

Retreats and Conferences

The Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute and the ABCD Religious Network is sponsoring a weeklong seminar and strategizing retreat, "Beyond Job Banks." The event will be July 19-26, at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, N. M. This seminar will look at how congregations and communities of faith can help build healthy local economies. Contact Eliza Carney, ABCD Religious Network, 2215 Shooting Star Lane, Ft. Collins, CO 80521-1362; (970) 416-0636; fax: (970) 416-0429; abcdrn@greyrock.org.

Peace With Justice Week ‘99, the eighth annual national gathering of peace and justice activists, will be held October 14-17 in Henderson, Ky. Sponsored by 20 major national human rights organizations, PWJW brings together hundreds of progressive activists for four incredible days of nationally recognized speakers, theater, concerts, workshops, exhibits, and organizing. For more information, call (502) 826-0281 or write PWJW ‘99, 435 First St., Henderson, KY 42420; paffhaus@ paffhaus.org; www.paffhaus.org/ page4.html.

Catholic Network of Volunteer Service (CNVS), a resource center for lay volunteer and mission programs, is holding its annual conference, "Pioneers and Prophets: Who Will Speak?" November 11-14 in Denver, Colo. Contact CNVS at 4121 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC 20017; (202) 529-1100; volunteer@ cnvs.org.

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center’s 1999 "Mediation Skills Training Institutes for Church Leaders" will be held August 9-13 in Naperville, Ill., and November 1-5 in Los Angeles. The institute equips church leaders with the skills they need to handle conflict in church settings as well as in other areas of their lives. For more information and registration forms, contact the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, 1263 S. Highland Ave., Suite 1N, Lombard, IL 60148; (630) 627-0507; 103627.3505@compuserve.com.

Miscellaneous

SOA Watch, EPICA, and Witness for Peace are sponsoring a delegation to Chiapas and Guatemala, August 14-29. Delegates will meet with survivors, human rights activists, and organizations working to build a new relationship with the United States based on respect for human rights. Contact SOA Watch at soawatch@knight-hub.com or (202) 234-3440 for more information and an application. Application deadline is July 1. A $100 nonrefundable deposit is required.

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

Lester G. Moran, #127405, Louisiana State Prison, Camp J Gator 3-L-6, Angola, LA 70712; Adrian E. Budd, #590827, Clements’s Unit, 9601 Spur 591, Amarillo, TX 79107; Samuel Monroe, #AS-1739, P.O. Box 1000, Houtzdale, PA 16698-1000; Frederick Louis Pugh, #348817, Rt. 2, Box 4400, Hughes Unit, Gatesville, TX 76597; Ron Scott, E-48139 C5-241L, C.S.P.-L.A.C., 44750 60th St. West, Lancaster, CA 93536.

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