The Common Good
March-April 2002

Connections

by Bethany Spicher Schonberg | March-April 2002

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

L'Arche Chicago, a faith-based community of adults with developmental disabilities and those who assist them, seeks an executive director to communicate the spirit of L'Arche. Contact Julius Belser, (847) 328-0773.

Urban Experience seeks a director to lead youth and adults in "walking in the footsteps of the poor," guide tours through the city, and facilitate workshops on local and global poverty. Flexible hours, negotiable salary, minimum 8-10 hours per week. Contact Esther Kisamore, Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 29 S. Institute, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; (719) 632-6189.

Volunteer Opportunities

International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) seeks long-term volunteers to develop and support peace initiatives in Chiapas, Mexico. Qualifications include Spanish fluency, experience in political analysis, excellent communication skills, and commitment to nonviolence. Contact SIPAZ, PO Box 2415, Santa Cruz, CA 95063; (831) 425-1257; admin@sipaz.org.

The Campbell Farm, a Presbyterian retreat center and 40-acre working farm on the Yakima Reservation in central Washington, needs an individual or couple to help with the mission of the farm. Job description posted at www.nwinfo.net/~campbellfarm. Contact Sheri Noah, 2527 Campbell Road, Wapato, WA 98951; (509) 877-6413; campbellfarm@nwinfo.net.

The Kaio Community offers full-time volunteer opportunities through Emmaus Ministries, an ecumenical organization serving male prostitutes in Chicago. Participants contribute to Emmaus' mission through outreach, discipleship, and prayer; all basic living needs are provided (room and board, medical insurance, public transportation, $20/week stipend). Contact Clifton Johnson, 921 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640; 1-800-378-4445; Emmaus@Streets.org.

Retreats and Conferences

The Heifer Project invites women of all ages to its annual Women's Lambing Experience, March 1-3, to witness the miracle of birth, explore gender issues, and learn more about Heifer Project's efforts to empower women through the gift of livestock. Visit www.heifer.org.

Mountain Retreat, a Christian retreat center and farm near Harman, W.Va., hosts a Silent Retreat March 22-24 and a Bread Retreat April 26-28. Contact Lester Lind, Mountain Retreat, Box 266, Harman, WV 26270; (304) 227-4427; lmlind@neumedia. net.

Nevada Desert Experience sponsors a Holy Week Walk from Las Vegas to the Nevada Test Site to celebrate the beauty of the desert and call for an end to the nuclear weapons industry, March 24-29. Cost is $50; sliding fee available. Visit www.NevadaDesert Experience.org or call (702) 646-4814.

Koinonia Partners, a Christian community and farm in Americus, Ga., hosts a week-long seminar titled, "Celebrating God's Creation: Exploring Demonstrations of Ecological Sustainable Living," April 20-27. Contact Jenna DeLorey, 1324 Georgia Hwy. 49 S., Americus, GA 31709; (229) 924-0391.

The Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution invites applications for its 2002 International Student Symposia on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, June 15-July 13 in Monterrey, Mexico, and July 20-Aug. 17 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Visit www.iimcr.org or contact IIMCR, 1424 K St. NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 347-2042; info@iimcr.org.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation sponsors Peacemaker Training Institute, a three-part program for young adults (16-27) seeking nonviolent social change and organizing skills. Held 2-to-3 times per year in various locations around the country. Costs range from $100-$450 depending on location; college credit and some scholarships available. Contact Maryrose Dolezal, (845) 358-4601; pti@forusa.org.

Miscellaneous

The Equity Trust, a nonprofit committed to community development and economic justice, offers grants for creative peace initiatives that work toward greater understanding across divisions of culture, class, and ideology—particularly in response to the events of Sept. 11 (i.e. What are the roots of terrorism? Are there viable models of nonviolent conflict resolution?). Contact Mike Levien, Equity Trust, 539 Beach Pond Road, Voluntown, CT 06384; (860) 376-6174; mlevien@equitytrust.org.

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

Gary Thares 35990, Mike Durfee State Prison, Springfield, SD 57062
Dwayne Watson 234-265, 2500 S. Avon-Belding Road, Grafton, OH 44044
Aaron Carrillo J00387, PO Box 7500 C3-214, Crescent City, CA 95531
Terry Canady DC-186061 F1-212, Everglades Correctional Institution, PO Box 94-9000, Miami, FL 33194-9000
David Elder 447332, 9601 Spur 591, Amarillo, TX 79107-9606
Roger Jones 580809, HC67 Box 115, Kenedy, TX 78119-9115
Rodney Meador 471975, PO Box 16 Eastham Unit, Lovelady, TX 75851
Luke Blackwell ES-7155, 1111 Altamont Blvd., Frackville, PA 17931
Peter Dove P-32294, California Correction Institution, PO Box 1905, Tehachapi, CA 93581
Curtis Thomas 863653, Washington Correctional Institution, 4455 Sam Mitchell Drive, Chipley, FL 32428

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