The Common Good
September-October 2002


by Bethany Spicher Schonberg | September-October 2002

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities
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.

Volunteer Opportunities
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,

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;

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;

Retreats and Conferences
Mountain Retreat, a small Christian retreat center in Harman, W.Va., hosts a camping retreat September 27-29. Contact Lester Lind, Box 266, Harman, WV 26270; (304) 227-4427;

Maryknoll Mission Association sponsors Land, Peace and Social Justice: Old Testament Perspectives on Problems Ancient and Modern, October 14-18 at Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Conn., with Rev. Christopher Wright. Contact OMSC, 490 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511; (203) 624-6672.

Call to Action sponsors its annual national conference, Who Is My Neighbor: The Gifts and Challenges of Diversity, November 1-3 in Milwaukee, Wis. Speakers include Hyun Kyung, James Carroll, and James H. Cone. Visit

TheOoze, a Christian Web-based community, sponsors Soularize 2002, its annual conference and festival, October 15-18 in Minneapolis, Minn. Visit

Mennonite/s Writing: An International Conference invites writers and readers to Goshen (Ind.) College, October 24-27, for a celebration and study of Mennonite literature from the United States and Canada. Contact Ervin Beck, (219) 535-7463,

Christian Community Development Association hosts its 2002 National Conference November 6-10 in Los Angeles, Calif. Contact Charisse Dower, conference director, (773) 762-0994,

The Center for Action and Contemplation in Albequerque, N.M., hosts Spirituality for the Caregiver: From "Compassion Fatigue" to Renewal, exploring the meaning of life, death, compassion, and caregiving, November 8-10, with Mary and Richard Groves. Cost: $185. Visit

The School of the Americas Watch holds its annual protest and vigil November 15-17 at the Fort Benning army base in Columbus, Ga., home of the combat training school for Latin American soldiers. Visit

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

Earl Bynum 118750, B4-322, PO Box 430, Dillwyn, VA 23936;
Sebastain Slater 257601, LEECI RID 239, 990 Wisacky Hwy., Bishopville, SC 29010;
Ronnie Mitchell 705508, 12071 FM 3522, Abilene, TX 79601;
Jonathon Fry 750116, 2101 FM 369 N, Iowa Park, TX 76367;
Michael Clark D-96016, Building 3-B4-26, FSP PO Box 715071, Represa, CA 95671-5071;
Joe Balencia 517828, Rt. 2, Box 4400, Gatesville, TX 76597;
Anthony Lozano 864278, Robertson Unit, 12071 FM 3522, Abilene, TX 79601;
Archie Sharp 195644, Carson City Correctional Facilities, PO Box 5000, Carson City, MI 48811-5000;
Robert Beasley DY-7992, PO Box 1000, Houtzdale, PA 16698-1000.
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