The Common Good
November-December 2002

Connections

by Bethany Spicher Schonberg | November-December 2002

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

The Witness for Peace national office (Washington, D.C.) seeks legislative interns for terms of three months or longer to track legislation, write analyses for action alerts, communicate with collegial organizations, and represent WFP at coalition meetings. WFP promotes alternatives to U.S. policies that contribute to oppression in Latin America. Contact WFP, (202) 588-1471.

Mennonite Central Committee invites young adults, ages 18-27, to apply for its Serving and Learning Together program, a one-year cross-cultural living experience. SALT assignments include day care centers, schools, hospitals, social service agencies, and churches. SALT participants are hosted by local families. Visit http://www.mcc.org

Retreats and Conferences

Word and World: A People's School, a popular institute designed to address the need for theological pedagogy between "the seminary, the sanctuary, and the street," invites registrants to its second gathering November 9-16 in Tucson, Ariz. Themes include Southwest social justice movements from the time of the Spanish conquest to the present, as well as the spiritual significance of the Sonora Desert. Contact Deborah Lee, (520) 670-9048; word_and_world@hotmail.com.

The School of the Americas Watch (http://www.soaw.org) holds its annual protest and vigil November 15-17 at the Fort Benning Army base in Columbus, Ga.

Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center in Bangor, Pa., sponsors Building a Vocal Community: Singing in the African American Tradition, with Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, November 22-24. Workshop participants (non-singers welcome!) will explore the history, culture, and spirituality of the African American community through its music. Contact Kirkridge, (610) 588-1793; http://www.kirkridge.org.

The Center for Action and Contemplation invites registrations for a 2003 "year beginning conference," True Self/False Self, with Richard Rohr, OFM, December 27-29 in Albuquerque, N.M. Cost: $135 before November 15. Rohr will draw upon Thomas Merton, Ken Wilbur, and Julian of Norwich to communicate the need to find the true self in God. Visit http://www.cacradicalgrace.org.

L'Arche Mobile Foundation sponsors the annual First Light Marathon, a fundraiser for its ministry to people with disabilities, December 29 in Mobile, Ala. Call L'Arche Mobile Foundation, (251) 476-8732.

Ministry of Money sponsors a Haiti Pilgrimage, January 3-12, allowing individuals to give and receive the gift of presence and to experience direct involvement with the poor. Registration deadline: November 1. Cost: $1,750. Contact Rosemary Diehl, (301) 428-9560; rosemary@ministryofmoney.org.

Fellowship of Reconciliation sponsors Peacemaker Training Institute January 4-11 at Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center in Bangor, Pa. Open to young adults ages 17-25, the institute presents strategies to deal with social injustice and opportunities to network with seasoned activists and young adults from diverse cultures. Contact FOR, Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960; (845) 358-4601; for@forusa.org.

Laurelville Mennonite Church Center (in Mt. Pleasant, Pa.) invites music and worship leaders to its Calling all the Children Home: 16th Annual Music and Worship Leaders Weekend, January 10-12. Marlene Kropf and Ken Nafziger will lead retreatants in exploring through music and prayer the role of communion in the life of the congregation. Contact LMCC, (800) 839-1021, http://www.laurelville.org

The following individuals in prison request correspondence:

Randall Reynolds 185240 Unit SHU, Delaware Correctional Center, 1181 Paddock Rd., Smyrna, DE 19977
Eric Shaw 905015, PO Box 9200, New Boston, TX 75570-9200
Jeffrey Reed 92476 B3200, Lewis Barchey, Arizona State Prison Complex, Buckeye, AZ 85326
Charlie Recotta C-61114, SVSP PO Box 1060 D3-101, Soledad, CA 93960
Louis J. Ticknor 121590, ECI, PO Box 94-9000, Miami, FL 33194-9000
Johnny Lacy Jr. 71373, Supermax Correctional Inst., PO Box 9900, Boscobel, WI 53805-9900
Gilbert Perkins 841455, Dalhart Unit, HCR4 Box 4000, Dalhart, TX 79022
Robert Kaminski X25788 E2-212L, Santa Rosa Correctional Inst., 5850 E Milton Road, Milton, FL 32583.

Correction:

Franklin Garcia's name and address were incorrect in the May-June 2002 issue. His correct listing is Franklin Garcia 199881 MN 4185, Desoto C.I., 13617 SE Hwy. 70 (E-1111L), Arcadia, FL 34266-7800.
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