Seeds

Resources for Renewal and Change

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Sojourners Magazine June 1994
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Resources for Renewal and Change

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Sojourners Magazine May 1994
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Resources for Renewal and Change

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Sojourners Magazine April 1994
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Resources for Renewal and Change

Lay Volunteer Opportunities

This month's "Seeds" focuses on voluntary service programs. Each one here is open to all Christians regardless of denominational affiliation. Educational and age requirements for these programs vary. The programs cover living expenses and pay a small stipend (with the exception of the Discipleship Year and some of Eastern Mennonite Missions' programs, which may require some personal fund raising).

These programs offer volunteer positions including advocacy, teaching, community organizing and development, and work with the homeless, mentally ill, elderly, children, refugees, prisoners, and persons with AIDS.

The Discipleship Year

The Discipleship Year invites women and men to participate in a yearlong residential program of theological education and service steeped in the collective resources and experiences available through various Church of the Saviour ministries.

For 30 years the ecumenical Church of the Saviour has worked in inner-city Washington, D.C., creating a variety of active community ministries. The Discipleship Year represents a creative partnership between the church's Servant Leadership School and Jubilee Ministries, where each disciple will serve in one of eight distinct non-profit agencies that address the needs of the inner-city poor.

The Discipleship Year begins in early September and extends through mid-August. For more information contact The Servant Leadership School, 1640 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-7312.

Urban Servant Corps

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Sojourners Magazine February-March 1994
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Resources for Renewal and Change

Money Matters

How do Christians respond to consumerism, the global economy, housing issues, and food crises? You don't need to be an economist to understand these issues or challenge accepted world views. These are a few of many resources and organizations dedicated to an alternative view of economics.

Friendship Press has published a "workbook for beginners," Global Economics: Seeking a Christian Ethic, by Rev. Ian McCrae. Covering basic economic concepts and the interdependence of different systems, the book explains not only crises but also signs of hope, as well as exploring the guidance the Bible offers. The workbook, available for $7.95, is part of a series of resources that addresses global economics.

A Matter of Interest ($19.95), a 13-minute animated video, explains why, despite a dramatic increase in the world's money supply, the international debt continues to pile up. Caribbean Money-Go-Round ($19.95), a simulation game for youth and adults, teaches global economics through Caribbean realities. Players must make choices to overcome difficulties in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Dominica; and every decision has its price.

Friendship Press is a part of the National Council of Churches of Christ. These and many other economic resources are available from the Friendship Press Distribution Office, P.O. Box 37844, Cincinnati, OH 45222-0844; or by calling (513) 948-8733. Add 10 percent for shipping ($2 minimum).

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Sojourners Magazine January 1994
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Signs of a New Order

THE NEW ORDER is a place for those who share in the growing consciousness of radical Christian discipleship to exchange ideas and resources, new directions and experiments, wants and needs. Here we hope to focus on models of hope, communities, actions, and lifestyles, which witness to a New Order rooted in active faith in Jesus Christ. Signs of a new order will also include resources and information relevant to issues raised as we struggle in working out those models of hope.

For a true exchange, your involvement is vital. Let your brothers and sisters share with you in this new movement of the Spirit of our God. Send your contributions as you would like them to appear in the paper to POST- AMERICAN, The New Order, P. O. Box 132, Deerfield, Illinois, 60015.

OUR PRAYERS MUST BEGIN WITH REPENTENCE MR. PRESIDENT. Traditionally, the President, national government leaders, and religious spokesmen have convened the Annual National Prayer Breakfast in an attitude of thanksgiving, comfortable in the mutual allegiance to God and country. This year, in a con scientious break with the customary prayers pronouncing benediction upon the national cause, the speaker from the Senate Prayer Group raised the issue of moral culpability in the war on Indochina, calling for individual and national repentence. The speaker was Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon, a long-time opponent of the war on grounds of Christian conscience. There were striking parallels in the Senator?s call to repentence and exhortation to a true witness, addressed to the gathering of national leaders and religious spokesmen, including President Nixon and Billy Graham, and those examples of the Prophets crying out against national sin and the hypocrisy of false worship in the presence of Old Testament kings and priests. The text of Senator Hat field?s statement ot the 21st National Prayer Breakfast follows:

My brothers-and sisters:

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