The Common Good
September-October 1999

Connections

by Julie Polter, Rachel Thomas | September-October 1999

Bringing people together.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed for protective accompaniment of Mayans in the north of Chiapas, Mexico, on the Michigan Peace Team long-term project. Volunteers serve a minimum of two months, with poor living conditions and danger. Spanish skills are desired, but not required of all. A training September 13-19 is required. Applications are due 90 days before going. Contact MPT, 1516 Jerome, Lansing, MI 48912; (517) 484-3178; fax: (517) 484-4219; michpeacteam@peacenet.org; www.traverse. com/nonprof/peaceteam.

Lutheran Service Corps of Omaha (a social ministry organization of the ELCA) is seeking a mature working or retired individual or couple to live in residence as a spiritual growth facilitator. A background in ministry or religion is preferred. The facilitator receives a two-bedroom apartment with utilities in exchange for 4-6 hours per week planning and facilitating spiritual growth activities for volunteers, building an intentional Christian community, and overseeing upkeep of the residence. Position available beginning in August. Contact Laura Green, LSC, 6220 N. 30th St., Omaha, NE 68111; (402) 457-5890; lscomaha@glx.net.

Intercultural Nursing Inc. seeks a nurse to serve as a volunteer president. Responsibilities include organizing nurse volunteers to work at mobile clinic sites in the Dominican Republic and Haiti through missions associated with the Episcopal and Catholic churches. Some Spanish or Haitian Creole is helpful but not required. A desire to love and serve the poor is needed. E-mail MICHELEBEL@prodigy.net or call Michele at (603) 532-8430.

Employment Opportunities

The Chicago Theological Seminary is seeking rTsumTs for a new position as director of the Center for Community Transformation. This Lilly Endowment Inc.-funded four-year appointment is to direct an innovative research project in community-based theological education. The directorship begins January 1, 2000. The successful candidate will be a catalyst for organizational initiatives, as well as someone who can build bridges among community-based organizations and institutions, pastors, religious leaders, and the seminary. Experience in community-based leadership is required. Salary is $48,500 inclusive of benefits. Send rTsumTs to Dr. Dow Edgerton, CTS, 5757 South University Ave., Chicago, IL 60637; fax: (773) 752-5925.

FOR, a national interfaith peace organization, seeks a nonviolence education and training coordinator to organize and lead nonviolence education and training programs. The application deadline is October 1; the starting date is January 3, 2000. To send rTsumTs and get an application form, contact Yvonne Royster at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960; (914) 358-4601; fax: (914) 358-4924.

A rapidly growing faith-based community development organization working in inner-city Seattle is seeking an experienced executive director. The individual must be a committed Christian leader with experience in managing a diverse staff and program encompassing youth outreach, leadership development, family counseling, employment assistance, enterprise development, and pre-K through eighth-grade education. A proven track record in funds development and experience in public relations and marketing is desired. A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred. The salary is negotiable. Contact Harvey Drake, Emerald City Outreach Ministries, 7722 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118; (206) 722-2052; hdrake@usa.net.

The Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation seeks an experienced organizer to strengthen and support the efforts of FOR members and chapters throughout our region, beginning approximately December 1. The organizer will also manage the Seattle office, recruit volunteers, and provide administrative support. The FOR is pacifist, broadly interfaith, and multi-issue with an 80-year history of principled, nonviolent action for peace and social justice. The flexible salary and benefits package is based on $1,365 a month for an average of 35 hours per week. For an information and application packet call (206) 789-5565 or e-mail wwfor@connectexpress. com. Completed applications are due September 20.

Peace Action Central New York has an immediate opening for an executive director; the position is 25 hours a week. This grassroots activist organization seeks a creative individual with fund-raising, organizational development, and office management skills. Tasks include contacting community and media, coordinating volunteers, supporting existing programs, producing a newsletter, and legislative action. PAC is an equal opportunity employer. To apply or for more information, send e-mail to mazepp@juno.com or call (315) 637-0919.

Retreats and Conferences

Fall events at Mountain Retreat, a small Christian retreat center, include "Harvest Retreat," August 27-29 and "Backpacking Retreat," October 1-3. For more information contact Mountain Retreat, Box 266, Harman, WV 26270; (304) 227-4427; lmlind@neumedia.net.

The "Wellspring Gathering: Essentials for Christian Community" will be held November 11-14 at Wellspring retreat center, near Germantown, Maryland. A group of 10-18 participants will explore ways of being faithful disciples in the body of Christ. Included are introductory sessions, silent retreat, small group sharing, visiting a city mission, and worship. For more information, contact Wellspring, 11411 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD 20876; (301) 428-3373; fax: (301) 428-3374; missionwel@ aol.com. (Registrations are only accepted by mail; no phone or fax registrations.)

Miscellaneous

A clinical pastoral education opportunity is available (a chaplain residency, $1,437 per month plus benefits), September-May at an innovative psychiatric facility for a diverse population. A minimum of one year theological education and a previous CPE unit is preferred. Apply to Director of Pastoral Care, Austin State Hospital, 4110 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78751-4293; (512) 419-2573.

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

Adrian Wooten, #693610, Rt. 2, Box 600, Marlin, TX 76661; Ellis A. Chen, D-95889 M-233, P.O. Box 2000, Vacaville, CA 95696; Darryl B. Brown, #613969, P.O. Box 4500, Tenn. Col., TX 75886-4500; Danny Holloway, #542139, Michael Unit, P.O. Box 4500, Tenn. Col., TX 75886; Martin Alejo, P-12308 A-2-201, P.O. Box 409000, Ione, CA 95640; Nicholas Yarris, AM-6841, SCI-Greene, 1040 E. Roy Furman Hwy., Waynesburg, PA 15370; James Ambers, #767690, P.O. Box 9200, New Boston, TX 75570; Larry Calloway, VA#266-328, Sussex II State Prison, 24427 Musselwhite Dr., Waverly, VA 23891.

—Compiled by Julie Polter and Rachel Thomas

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