Books Through Bars needs Philadelphia-area volunteers to package
donated books for individuals in prison. Contact Nicole, firstname.lastname@example.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.
"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, email@example.com; (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.
Retreats and Conferences
Temenos Catholic Worker of San Francisco is sponsoring Reverse
Direction for Spiritual Directors, Sept. 11-14. This is an opportunity for spiritual
directors to experience living and working with people on the margins in the Tenderloin
area. Contact Father River Sims, (415) 305-2124; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Church a Peace Church and Christian Peacemaker Teams will sponsor a Christian
Peacemaker Congress Sept. 25-28 in Youngstown, Ohio, addressing the racist underpinnings
of our fear-driven national policies. Ruby Sales and Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee co-founder Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. will speak. Contact CPT, (773) 277-0253;
The American Friends Service Committee hosts "Empire is Not Healthy for Children
and Other Living Things" Oct. 10-12 at Simmons College in Boston, Mass. The
conference will explore domestic and international ramifications of empire and will
highlight initiatives to build longer-term alternatives to empire. Contact the AFSC, (215)
The Religious Working Group on the World Bank and IMF will sponsor "Faith in
Practice: Connecting the Dots for Global Economic Justice," Sept. 18-19 in
Washington, D.C. Topics include debt, AIDS, militarism, privatization, and local and
global connection-making for people of faith. Contact Sister Susan Thompson,
email@example.com, (703) 624-1454.
"Prayer of Embodiment," a retreat focused on the richly embodied traditions of
Christian contemplative prayer, will take place Sept. 19-24 in Germantown, Maryland.
Contact Rev. Jim Dickerson, firstname.lastname@example.org; (202) 332-0220.
"Family Violence: The Hidden Terrorism," an interfaith conference, takes place
Oct. 24-25 in Lancaster, Pa. Workshops and keynotes will address family violence, the
biology of trauma, and the church's response to violence against women. Contact the
Samaritan Counseling Center, (717) 560-9969; email@example.com.
The Community of Christ holds "We are Family: Nurturing Families for Today and
Tomorrow," a conference on family ministries, Nov. 7-9, in Independence, Mo. Nobel
Peace laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and others will give keynotes; there will be more
than 30 workshops. Contact (816) 833-1000 ext. 1372; www.CofChrist.org/peacecolloquy.
Compiled by Elizabeth Palmberg