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  • L'Arche in Clinton, Iowa, seeks an executive director/community leader. L'Arche is a faith-based community where adults with developmental disabilities and those who assist them create home together in the spirit of Christ. Visit users.cis.net/larchia or contact Lindra Bicksler, (563) 243-9035; larchia@clinton.net.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • The Friends Committee on National Legislation accepts applications for their Washington, D.C.-based intern program from Jan. 1-March 1. Internships run from early September through the end of July. FCNL seeks to bring the concerns, experiences, and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) to bear on policy decisions in the nation's capital. See www.fcnl.org/intern.htm.

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  • Books Through Bars needs Philadelphia-area volunteers to package donated books for individuals in prison. Contact Nicole, volunteer@booksthroughbars.org; (215) 727-8170 ext. 6.
  • Innisfree Village of Crozet, Va., seeks volunteers to live and work in family-style homes with adults with mental disabilities. Caregivers commit for at least a year and receive community, room and board, medical insurance, and a small stipend. Contact Nancy Chappell, (434) 823-5400; www.avenue.org/innisfree.

    Miscellaneous

  • "The Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing," a national educational speaking tour led by family members of murder victims who oppose the death penalty, this year visits locations in Ohio in late September and early October. Contact Journey of Hope at 1-877-924-4483; www.journeyofhope.org.
  • Amnesty International's National Weekend of Faith in Action on the Death Penalty (Oct. 10-12) invites faith communities, particularly those of color, to reflect, discuss, and take action. A comprehensive resource guidebook, including tools and ideas, is available. Contact Kristin Houlé, khoule@aiusa.org; (202) 544-0200 ext. 496.
  • School of the Americas Watch holds its annual vigil and nonviolent civil resistance on Nov. 22-23 in Fort Benning, Ga., to protest civil rights abuses in Latin America by U.S.-trained soldiers. Visit www.soaw.org or contact (202) 234-3440.

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    The Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith and international peace organization, calls for volunteers for its national office in Nyack, N.Y. Contact Yvonne Royster, (845) 358-4601; for@forusa.org.

    SIPAZ, an international coalition of groups dedicated to supporting the peace process in Chiapas, seeks Spanish-speaking volunteers to work in Mexico writing, leading workshops, facilitating interreligious reconciliation, or promoting peaceful reconciliation. Positions last a year; small stipend and health insurance are included. Contact (831) 425-1257; volcom@sipaz.org.

    United for a Fair Economy trains and supports volunteer educators to lead lively, energizing workshops on economic inequality. Starting with people's own experiences, the workshops build a common-sense understanding of the changing economy. Available topics include the wealth gap, globalization, creative activism, and others. Call (617) 423-0148 or visit http://www.faireconomy.org/econ/index.htm.

    World Relief seeks a full-time volunteer advocacy intern. World Relief partners with local churches worldwide to promote healthcare, agricultural assistance, refugee care, and emergency relief and rehabilitation. The intern will represent World Relief at meetings and prepare reports and background materials. Call (443) 451-1900 or visit http://www.wr.org.

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    The Jubilee Network seeks congregations to help support, in wealthy nations' interactions with the developing world, the biblical principle of freeing those enslaved by debt. Member congregations contribute prayer, letters to elected officials, resources, and ideas. Visit www.jubileeusa.org or call (202) 783-3566.

    Christian Peacemaker Teams will send 12-day delegations to Israel/Palestine to meet with local peacemakers and to join in a public, nonviolent witness against injustice and violence. CPT will also send delegations to Colombia to accompany vulnerable families in Barranca. Visit www.cpt.org or call (773) 277-0253.

    Witness for Peace leads "Women's Lives and Free Trade in the Global Market," a delegation to Mexico, August 16-25. Registration deadline is June 16. Visit www.witnessforpeace. org or contact Susana, (218) 724-5775; swoodwar@d.umn.edu.

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    "A Better World is Possible: Christian Faith and Economic Justice," a conference sponsored by Mobilization for the Human Family, takes place June 6-7 at All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif. Speakers include Walden Bello, director of Focus on the Global South, and Maude Barlow, chair of the Council of Canadians. Contact mobilize@tstonramp.com; (909) 397-5850.

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    Champ House, a community in Cape Cod, Mass., for almost or formerly homeless young men, seeks a live-in community builder. Position offers room, board, and small stipend. Send résumé and letter to Paul@champhouse.org.

    L'Arche Washington, D.C., invites people to practice peacemaking by sharing a daily life of work, prayer, and holy leisure in an interdenominational Christian community of people with and without developmental disabilities. Position offers room, board, stipend, insurance, spiritual formation, and professional training. Visit http://www.larchewashingtondc.org or contact Don Kelly, (202) 232-4539 ext. 11.

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    World Hunger Relief Inc., a Christian ministry near Waco, Texas, seeks interns to learn sustainable, natural agricultural techniques in order to help alleviate poverty around the world. Read more about the program at http://www.worldhungerrelief.org and send inquiries to: World Hunger Relief Inc., PO Box 639, Elm Mott, TX 76640.

    The Fellowship of Reconciliation seeks applicants committed to nonviolence and justice for four yearlong Ruth S. and Harrop A. Freeman Peace Interns. Possible duties involve media outreach, national and local organizing, and leading workshops. Interns receive room, medical insurance, and stipend; application deadline is late March and start date is in the fall. Contact Yvonne Royster, FOR@forusa.org; (845) 358-4601, ext. 37.

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    World Hunger Relief Inc., a Christian ministry near Waco, Texas, that trains interns to use sustainable, natural agricultural techniques, needs to fill two positions: executive director and farm manager. Farm manager should have experience in organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, and mechanical maintenance. Send résumé to World Hunger Relief Inc., Box 639, Elm Mott, TX 76640.

    Christ House, a medical recovery facility for the homeless, seeks a full-time registered nurse and a part-time registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. Job offers good benefits. Contact sgunn@christhouse.org; fax (202) 232-4972; Personnel, 1717 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009.

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    Bread for the World announces its 2003 Offering of Letters campaign, "Rise to the Challenge: End World Hunger." By writing to legislators, people of faith can help ensure that the U.S. government follows through on a promise it made last year to significantly increase development assistance to poor countries. Visit www.bread.org.

    Network, a national Catholic social justice lobby, seeks volunteer associates for faith-based organizing and legislative advocacy in Washington, D.C. Full-time associates, who serve September-July, receive health benefits and a small stipend; application deadline is February 1. Shorter-term, part-time volunteers welcome anytime. Contact Amy Scanlon, (202) 547-5556, ext. 18; ascanlon@networklobby.org.

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    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

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    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.

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    L'Arche Washington, D.C., seeks bilingual (Spanish/English) persons to share ecumenical faith community with adults with developmental disabilities. College education preferred. Must communicate well in English. Room, board, salary, generous benefits. Contact Don Kelly (202) 232-4539, ext. 10 or send résumé to L'Arche, 2474 Ontario Road NW, Washington, DC 20009.

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    SIPAZ (International Service for Peace) seeks volunteers to further the work of interreligious dialogue in Chiapas, Mexico. Responsibilities include developing and maintaining contact with the spectrum of religious actors in the conflict in Chiapas and seeking opportunities to support initiatives for peaceful resolution. Requirements include Spanish fluency, prior international work, and experience in conflict resolution. Contact SIPAZ, volcom@sipaz.org.

    National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (Washington, D.C.) seeks interns to join the work of death penalty abolition through research, writing, public speaking, general advocacy efforts, and administrative support. Interns needed to assist in highlighting the death penalty as an international issue, building a youth movement, and creating coalition between lawmakers and the anti-death penalty movement. Contact Scott Crain, (202) 387-3890; scrain@ncadp.org.

    SpiritHouse, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. that uses arts, education, action, and spiritual reflection to assist communities to speak and act more justly, is conducting a national search for year-long interns of all ethnicities, classes, ages, and sexualities to work for justice. Contact Ruby Nell Sales, (202) 548-7640; nellsa@aol.com.

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    A small UCC congregation in Dayton, Ohio, with a social justice mandate and an experimental style, seeks a pastor to organize a ministry to young adults currently unserved by or alienated from the church. Urban ministry experience desired. Visit http://members.aol.com/cfrnews. Contact Karen Righter Malesko, Congregation for Reconciliation, (937) 276-4077; hfox@juno.com.

    Pathway Caring for Children, an agency with a 28-year-old tradition of working with families to help disadvantaged children, seeks mature couples to work with neglected, abused, and abandoned children in small group homes; each couple is responsible for four children. Full-time position includes salary, an excellent benefit package, and regular respite. Send résumé to Pathway Caring for Children, 4949 Fulton Road NW, Canton, OH 44718; (330) 493-0083; fax (330) 493-3689; personnel@pathwaycfc.org.

    Columbia Road Health Services, a health clinic in Washington, D.C., seeks a nurse for its ministry to the poor and uninsured. Responsibilities include supervision and nurturing of medical assistants, patient care, laboratory services, and clinic leadership. Qualifications: RN, communication skills, compassion. Contact Susan Wallin, fax (202) 588-8101; admin@ crhs.org.

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    Logos Academy—a young, growing elementary school in York, Pa.—seeks a principal to equip and lead teachers in transforming an urban population via a classical approach to Christ-centered education. Also seeking teachers committed to high academic and behavior standards with a passion for urban education. Contact Traci Foster, (717) 846-4448; traci.foster@logosyork.org.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    RE-MEMBER, a nonprofit, faith-based organization serving the Oglala Lakota Indians on Pine Ridge Reservation, seeks interns to coordinate weekly volunteer groups, lead work crews, provide cultural and spiritual experiences, maintain facilities, and develop community relationships. Positions are available June to September for one to three months. Room and board are provided. Contact RE-MEMBER, 13065, 136th Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417; (616) 844-4233; remember@novagate.com; www.re-member.org.

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    Christian Community Health Fellowship hosts its annual conference, "Faith Making a Difference: Improving Health Care and Access for the Underserved," May 16-19 at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa. Contact CCHF, (773) 843-2700; cchf@cchf.org; www.cchf.org.

    Ministry of Money sponsors "From Mammon to Manna: Embracing the Spiritual Disciplines of Sabbath Economics," May 17-19, in Germantown, Md., with theologian Ched Myers. $250 fee includes lodging and meals. Contact the Ministry of Money, (301) 428-9650; office@ministryofmoney.org.

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