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CONNECTIONS.

Bringing people together.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

* L'Arche Irencion in Bradford, Mass., is seeking volunteers to share their lives with people with disabilities. One-year commitment requested, generous stipend offered, located 45 minutes from Boston. Contact P.O. Box 5034, Bradford, MA 01835; (978) 374-6928; Lirencion@aol.com.

* Emmaus House, a community of homeless individuals building new lives in New York City, is seeking volunteers to live out their Christian faith in solidarity with the poor. Social workers, grant writers, editors, graphic artists, maintenance staff, and business managers are needed. Contact Volunteers, Emmaus House, P.O. Box 1177, New York, NY 10035; fax: (2121 410-4377.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

* B.R.E.A.D., a congregation-based community organization in Columbus, Ohio, seeks an organizer to work with member congregations to train leaders, build relationships, and research issues. Experience is helpful but not a prerequisite. Send resume to Rev. John Aeschbury, B.R.E.A.D., 1015 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43205.

* The Highlander Research and Education Center (HREC) in New Market, Tenn., seeks a director to continue building a movement for economic and social justice in the South. Applicants should have experience in collaborative leadership, nonprofit management, and fundraising. Send resume to HREC, c/o Adams and Associates, 2931 Mozart Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904; fax: (3011 847-1048; thadams@erols.com.

* Executive director is wanted for a Christian child development center in a low-income, multicultural neighborhood. Four years experience in Christian education or social work is required. Send a resume answering the question "What is the role of the nonprofit childcare center in a low-income neighborhood?" to the Home of Neighborly Service Search Committee, c/o Presbytery of Denver (USA), 1710 S. Grant, Denver, CO 80210.

* St. Mary's Center in downtown Oakland, Calif., is seeking a mental health case manger to serve in the senior homeless case management program in the capacity of team leader, clinical supervisor, and providing pastoral care and spiritual development. Send resume to St. Mary's Center, 635 22nd St., Oakland, CA 94612; fax: (510) 893-0119.

* Christian Community Health Fellowship is looking for an administrative associate to the executive director committed to living out the gospel through health care among the poor. Major responsibilities include operations of a 2,000-member organization and program development. Contact Jerry Stromberg, P.O. Box 23429, Chicago, IL 60623; (773) 843-2700; cchf@cchf.org.

* Sherman Street Christian Reformed Church seeks a pastor committed to Reformed tradition who, through preaching and leadership, can help us grow spiritually and become a diverse body that pursues racial, social, and economic reconciliation in an African-American neighborhood. See www.ccda.org/pathfinder.html. Contact Tom Bulten, 1000 Sherman SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506; (6161 243-8976; bultenth@msu.edu.

COMMUNITY LIVING OPPORTUNITIES

* The Hermitage of the Advent is a small contemplative community of Roman Catholic women on the East Coast. The community lives the monastic values of silence, solitude, prayer, study, community, and work. It also addresses contemporary questions and values. Contact hermitage@dreamcom.net; (781) 545-6688.

RETREATS AND CONFERENCES

* The Servant Leadership School in Washington, D.C., will sponsor "Loving and Following the Crucified Resurrected Jesus," a conference led by Franciscan priest Richard Rohr, January 21-23. Contact the Servant Leadership School, (202) 328-7312; slschool@slschool.org.

* Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Va., will hold a conference March 16-18 titled "Confronting the Powers: Overcoming Evil with Good." The event will explore the ways Christians can be agents of transformation in the 21 st century. The conference will feature Walter Wink. Contact Shirley Kouns at EMU, (540) 432-4260; kounss@emu.edu.

MISCELLANEOUS

* The first celebration of the World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation, a day of prayer to end religious persecution, will take place at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., January 22. Contact Rev. Rod Reinhart at revrod@mediaone.net;http://members. aol.com/revrodrev/index.html.

* The Fund for Theological Education (FTE), an organization committed to excellence and diversity in Christian ministry and teaching, is accepting applications for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate fellowships for the 20002001 year. As part of the Expanding Horizons Partnership, fellowships include attendance at a summer ministry conference and stipends ranging from $1,500-$15,000. Contact FTE, 825 Houston Mill Road, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30329-4211; (404) 727-1450; www. thefund.org; fte@thefund.org.

* The Congressional Hunger Center seeks to fight hunger by developing leaders through the Mickey Leland Hunger Fellows Program (MLHFP). In a one-year program fellows learn about causes and solutions of hunger and poverty and work with a grassroots organization and a nonprofit public policy organization. The application deadline is January 31. The program begins in late August. Contact MLHFP at (202) 547-7022, ext. 16; www.hungercenter.org; mlhfp@aol.com.

* The Shalem Institute in Bethesda, Md., is now receiving applications for the "Soul of the Executive," a two-year program for fostering personal renewal and establishing a long-term spiritual framework for organizational leadership. The application deadline is February 15, 2000. Contact: Sheila Noyes, (3011 897-7334, ext. 102; www.shalem.org.

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

James Spencer, EF-076271, Georgia State Prison, 100 Georgia Highway 147, Reidsville, GA 30499; Aaron Washington, B#55947-C8-224, Pelican Bay State Prison, P.O. Box 7500, Crescent City, CA 95532-7500; Loflin Jackson, 93-A-2234, Green Haven Correctional Facility, Route 216 Drawer B, Stormville, NY 12582-0010; Pamela Schrader, W-80664, B2-08-30, P.O. Box 92/VSPW, Chowchilla, CA 93610-0092; Bill Nichols, 97 B 2280, ECF- P.O. Box 500, Elmira, N.Y. 14902; Danny Warner, #28341, Housing Unit Vinta 7-04, Utah State Prison, P.O. Box 250, Draper, UT 84020.

Questions for thought and discussion

* In the article "City Lights," Edward J. Farrell writes that "urban contemplatives are grieved by injustice and are not overcome by it" because they continually touch Jesus with prayer. Does your prayer life provide you with hope and healing the way Farrell describes? What is the role of prayer in your faith life?

* In Julie Polter's commentary, "You Call That Art!?," she writes that dialogue between artists and the religious community might provide context for understanding controversial artwork. What questions do you have for the artist or person of faith that might help you understand better their perspective on works such as Chris Ofili's portrait of the Virgin Mary?

* In the article "The Brave New World of Business Ethics," Laura Nash describes a wave of religious resuscitation among business people today who feel their faith is relevant to their professional lives. Should a person's religious beliefs inform their business practices? Why? How?
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