The Common Good
March-April 2001

Bringing people together

by | March-April 2001

Employment Opportunities

  • Married couple wanted for innovative new public charter school and foster home near
    Taos, N.M.

Employment Opportunities

  • Married couple wanted for innovative new public charter school and foster home near Taos, N.M. You: willing to be foster parents, one of you certified to teach science and math. Us: married team of educators with home and tiny school on 700 acres of farmed and forested land. Job includes wilderness trips, farm work, and construction projects. Salary, benefits, housing. Contact Peg or Todd at Roots and Wings Community School, (505) 737-5826;
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps: Southwest is seeking a program coordinator to inspire, lead, and support a passionate and politically aware program staff. Requires strong supervisory skills and an in-depth understanding of faith-based social justice education. High 20Ks plus good benefits. Position is based in San Francisco. Persons of color encouraged. Send letter, résumé, and salary requirements to Mary Ashley, JVC: SW, 474 Valencia #230, San Francisco, CA 94103; fax (415) 522-1633.
  • Justice-Action-Mercy, a congregation-based, interfaith organization in Springfield/Clark County, Ohio, seeks a full-time organizer with a passion for justice to recruit and train congregations and leaders to take action on local issues through relationships. Direction Action and Research Training affiliate. $28,500 annually, negotiable. Own transportation, 50+ hours per week. Contact John Aeschbury, B.R.E.A.D. Organization, 1015 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43205; (614) 258-8748; fax (614) 258-8759;
  • The Methodist Federation for Social Action seeks a field organizer to provide support and leadership training to MFSA Chapters, organize new chapters, and monitor Web site and listserves. Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) required, as well as deep faith and social action commitments. High priority placed on reaching ethnic and racial minority constituencies. Persons of color encouraged to apply. Salary commensurate with skills. Good health benefits and vacation. Extensive travel required. Deadline for applications: March 15. Contact MFSA, 212 East Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20003; fax (202) 546-6811;

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Samaritan Inns' InnKeeper Internship Year. InnKeepers serve as resident managers in our transitional inns with formerly homeless women and men in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. InnKeepers receive a monthly stipend, room and board, health and dental benefits, Americorps Education Grants, plus many educational opportunities. Contact Tom Copps, 2523 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 667-8831 ext. 261;
  • The Carpenter's Boatshop in Pemaquid, Maine, is offering free one-year apprenticeships in wooden boat building. An ecumenical community-school based on the Benedictine tradition, the Boatshop teaches the skills of carpentry, boat-building, and boat use while living in simple community. Contact Rev. Robert Ives, 440 Old County Road, Pemaquid, ME 04558; (207) 677-3768;
  • Plow Creek Fellowship and Farm, a Mennonite Christian community in rural central Illinois, invites you to participate in its community life and farm work through a summer internship program. Activities include farming, worshipping, maintaining machinery, caring for children/elderly, gardening, marketing, food preserving, reading, reflecting, relaxing. Rustic retreat cabin available. Contact Ruth Anne Friesen, 19183 Plow Creek, Tiskilwa, IL 61368; (815) 646-4730; plowcreekfarm@

Retreats and Conferences

  • "Wrestling With the Word: Bible Study for Progressive Christians," will be held March 23-24 in New Orleans, La. with Will O'Brien, coordinator of the Alternative Seminary in Philadelphia. Sponsored by The Other Side magazine and hosted by St. Paul's United Church of Christ in New Orleans. Contact Rev. Tom Warren, (504) 899-5183;
  • Christian Community Health Fellowship will hold its annual conference, "Affirming our Unity; Celebrating our Diversity," May 17-20 at Wheaton College, near Chicago. Plenary speakers include Wayne Gordon, Brenda Salter-McNeil, Jo Kadlecek, Pam Toussaint, and Reid Carpenter. 30 workshops and significant fellowship for Christian health care workers. Contact CCHF, P.O. Box 23429, Chicago, IL 60623; (773) 843-2700;; www.cchf. org


  • House church forming in Washington, D.C., area. Radical social justice, liberal theology (J.S. Spong, J.D. Crossan, M. Borg, etc.), and support for a personal spiritual journey. Contact Edie to help shape this new community; (301) 593-3414.

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

David Palmer, #32941, Unit 17/A-Tier/Cell-9, Parchman, MS 38738; Leticia Aguirre, 81169-080 Unit F, 5701 8th St. Camp Parks, Dublin, CA 94568; Joel Almanza, #901542, Rt 5 Box 1500, Angleton, TX 77515; Lewis Woody, #113863, Northeast Correctional Complex, P.O. Box 5000, Mountain City, TN 37683; Frank Sivori, #35659, Unit 32 – D Bldg, Parchman, MS 38738; John David Butler, #298746, North Florida Reception Center, P.O. Box 628, Lake Butler, FL 32054; William M. Raine, #18592, Utah State Prison, P.O. Box 250, Draper, UT 84020; Lakem Oakman, #BG2991, 1100 Pike St., Huntington, PA 16654-1112; Charles Smith, INM#247935 SBI# 000790458B, South Woods State Prison, P.O. Box 6000, 215 Burlington Road South, Bridgeton, NJ 08302; Donald Radecker, #702591, Washington Correction Center, IMU-D-209, P.O. Box 900, Shelton, WA 98584.

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