The Common Good
May-June 1996

Bringing People Together

by Brett Grainger | May-June 1996

Volunteer Opportunities

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Work in a social service ministry while living in Christian community in Los Angeles with the Episcopal Urban Intern Program. Adults ages 21-30 may apply now for the 1996-97 year. Contact Rev. Gary Commins, 260 N. Locust St., Ingelewood, CA 90301; (310) 674-7700.
  • The Carpenter's Boat Shop, an ecumenical community and school, offers apprenticeships in wooden boatbuilding and simple, Christian community. There is no charge for accommodation, nor pay for work. Contact Rev. Robert E. Ives, The Carpenter's Boat Shop, Branch Road, Pemaquid, ME 04558; (207) 677-3768.
  • Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker guest house and social service center in Mexico City, offers one- to two-week service/learning seminars in June, July, and August focused on social concerns in Mexico. We also house and place Spanish-speaking volunteers for six months or more with social service organizations in the city. Contact Casa de los Amigos, Ignacio Mariscal 132, México, D.F. 06030, Mexico; (525) 705-0521; amigos@laneta.apc.org.
  • The Christian Appalachian Project, a non-profit organization in Eastern Kentucky, needs summer camp counselors to staff general, special needs, and specialty camps. We seek high-energy men and women ages 18 or older for June, July, and August. A minimum commitment of two months is preferred, but commitments of three to seven weeks can be arranged. Room and board are provided. Contact the C.A.P. volunteer office at (800) 755-5322.
  • Global Exchange, a non-profit education, research, and social justice organization, seeks volunteers for its international peace center in Chiapas, Mexico, to work at civilian peace camps organized by a local Mexican human rights organization and to provide accompaniment to individuals or communities whose safety is threatened. Contact Ted Lewis, Global Exchange, 2017 Mission St., Suite 303, San Francisco, CA 94110; (415) 255-7296; globalexch@igc.org.
  • Loaves & Fishes Catholic Worker community in Duluth, Minn., seeks people to make a one-year commitment to offer hospitality to our homeless guests and work nonviolently to resist injustice in our society. We especially seek people of color, low income, and those with a spiritual thirst for the peace and justice of God. Contact Michele at Dorothy Day House, 1712 Jefferson St., Duluth, MN 55812; (218) 724-2054.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • An interfaith urban mission agency dedicated to initiating community interaction for economic justice is offering a full-time position as a Faith in Community organizer. A college degree and two years experience in urban ministry or a community-based organization is preferred, with skills in theological interpretation, public speaking, and production of printed materials. Send a letter with résumé by May 15, 1996, to Search Committee, Greater Birmingham Ministries, 2304 12th Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35234.
  • CLAY (Clergy and Laity Together in Ministry), an ecumenical community promoting lay forms of ministry, seeks a Program Coordinator. This half-time staff team position involves leadership training, coordinating CLAY's Faith to Focus program, and program and membership development. Send inquiries to CLAY, 124 Perdue St., Garner, NC 27529; (919) 772-1707.
  • An energetic, enthusiastic person is sought to fill a pulpit vacancy at Union Church, Church of Christ, Union, in Berea, Kentucky. Send written inquiries to Search Committee, c/o Donald Blackburn, 308 Forest St., Berea, KY 40403.
  • Family physicians are needed to work in Washington, D.C., with the homeless and indigent in a variety of settings. Full-time and part-time positions are available. Contact Janelle Goetcheus, M.D., 1717 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-1100; fax (202) 232-4972.
  • The Peace and Justice Center seeks a full-time director or office assistant to coordinate programs and actions, including hosting monthly potlucks, producing the newsletter, and conducting fund-raising efforts. Strong organizational abilities are required; a $500 per month stipend is offered. Contact Pat Cameron, 1407 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67214; (316) 263-5886.
  • More interested in relating in the coffeehouse and other urban hangouts than from the pulpit? A small, social-activist, union church (UPUSA/UCC) seeks a half-time co-pastor whose primary mission will be to continue a new ministry to young adults of the Cultural Left (Generation X), beginning this summer. The applicant must be able to communicate with such folks and organize them around their perceived needs. Send a letter of inquiry to Hal Fox, 2005 Burroughs Dr., Dayton, OH 45406.

RETREATS AND CONFERENCES

  • The Washington National Cathedral will be the site of "Sacred Circles: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality," July 12-13, featuring Rev. Lauren Artress. The workshops will include writing and gardening as spiritual practices, forming spiritual communities, contemplative dance, storytelling as a healing art, and guided meditation. Call (202) 537-5720.
  • Training Center Workshops is offering a "Workshop for Social Action Trainers," led by George Lakey, June 14-16 in Philadelphia. Increase your training skills, learn new techniques, and network with other trainers. Contact Training Center Workshops, 4719 Springfield Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143; (215) 729-7458; e-mail: peacelearn@igc.apc.org.
  • Abba House of Prayer, a member of Pax Christi and Bread for the World, offers private and directed retreats to persons interested in the integration of prayer and peace and justice issues in today's world. Contact Elizabeth Hoye, R.S.C.J., Abba House of Prayer, 647 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203; (518) 438-8320.
  • "Encounter With Silence" is a six-day silent retreat, July 14-21, that draws power from uncompromising reflection on scripture in a contemplative setting outside of Detroit. Dorothy Day made the retreat more than 20 times, and said it was "like hearing the gospel for the first time." Contact Joan Francis, 28750 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336; (810) 473-7150.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • A study tour, "Northern Ireland: The Dynamics of Conflict and Reconciliation," is being offered August 26-September 8. Meet with the principal politicians, government officials, religious leaders, and others in Dublin, Belfast, Derry, and Corrymeela. Sponsored by the Presbyterian Church USA and U.S. Catholic Conference. Contact Dr. Marie Hilliard, 6 Canton Hollow, Canton, CT 06019; (203) 693-2716.
  • Go to South Africa this summer on a study tour, "Reconciliation & Empowerment After Apartheid," July 27-August 18. Meet activists in education, health, media, human rights, and the church. Assess firsthand the progress and problems of a new South Africa. For information contact Vic Ulmer, Our Developing World, 13004 Paseo Presada, Saratoga, CA 95070; (408) 379-4431; viculmer@vval.com.
  • Holy Spirit School in Tela, Honduras, is in great need of pens, pencils, writing paper, and used English dictionaries. Please send any supplies to Gérard D. Shaw, Escuela Espíritu Santo, Apartado Postal No.71, 31301 Tela, Atlántida, Honduras, Central America.

The following individuals in prison request correspondence from people outside of prison: Derrick Jones #130251, Louisiana State Penitentiary, C.B.A., Angola, LA 70712; David Lee Lowe, #701500, James All-Red Unit 4E8, 2101 FM 369 N., Iowa Park, TX 76367; Mark Anthony Basden, #428325, Rt. 2, Box 4400, Gatesville, TX 76597; Lonnie Richards, #89179, LLCC, Box 6, La Grange, KY 40031; Stanley Bethune, #07098-055, Box 1000, Leavenworth, KS 66048; Jeff Metzener, #25967, Montana State Prison, Unit 3 LF4, Deer Lodge, MT 59722; James Storm, #108653-2BL6, Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex, Box 636, West Liberty, KY 41472; Darron Lee Manning, #444993, Rt. 2, Box 4400, Gatesville, TX 76597.

 

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