Connections. (Taking Action).Volunteer Opportunities
* Books Through Bars Books Through Bars is an American organization which works to provide quality reading material to prisoners. It was founded in 1989 by New Society Publishers of Philadelphia. There are approximately 30 similar, but unaffiliated, organizations throughout the U.S. needs Philadelphia-area volunteers to package donated books for individuals in prison. Contact Nicole, email@example.com; (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 Houle, firstname.lastname@example.org; (202) 544-0200 ext. 496.
* School of the Americas Watch School of the Americas Watch is an advocacy organization founded by Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgeois and a small group of supporters in 1990 to protest the training of mainly Latin American military officers, by the United States Army, at the School of the Americas (SOA). 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
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Greek Temenos (τέμενος, from the Greek verb τέμνω 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; email@example.com.
* Every Church a Peace Church and Christian Peacemaker Teams Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is an international organization set up to support teams of peace workers in conflict areas around the world. These teams believe that they can lower the levels of violence through nonviolent direct action, human rights documentation, and 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 The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (or SNCC, pronounced "snick") was one of the principal organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. co-founder Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. will speak. Contact CPT CPT
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* The American Friends Service Committee The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) affiliated organization which works for social justice, peace and reconciliation, abolition of the death penalty, and human rights, and provides humanitarian relief. 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 ramifications npl → Auswirkungen pl of empire and will highlight initiatives to build longerterm alternatives to empire. Contact the AFSC, (215) 241-7000; www.afsc.org/events.
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* "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 Community of Christ, formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, religious group that regards itself as the successor of the church founded by Joseph Smith. 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 Perez Esquivel and others will give keynotes; there will be more than 30 workshops. Contact (816) 833-1000 ext. 1372; www.CofChrist.org/peacecolloquy.
The following individuals in prison request correspondence from people outside of prison:
C. John Broussard C-78707, Centinela State Prison Centinela State Prison is a men’s state prison in California, USA. It is located in Imperial County, California.  External links