ESC-Maryland

Baltimore, MD

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“When we stand by a neighborhood, welcome the persons who find no hospitality elsewhere and dare to dream great things, we as the Church offer the gifts of will and of hope.” Bishop John L Rabb, Bishop Suffragan retired, Diocese of Maryland.

Episcopal Service Corps-Maryland was formed in part to answer Bishop Rabb’s challenge for the church to be a beacon of hope for the city. Looking to make a difference?  This may be your opportunity!

Passionate about the environment and willing to advocate and perhaps do some physical work?  Excited about meeting cargo ship workers from around the world and offering them hospitality? Imagining that “Church” can happen in new and different ways?  Do you have a heart for the homeless or those who are abused?  Hear what’s going on already and what could be going on if you join us!  Exciting new worksite for the coming year: Diocese of Maryland for an Intern for Mission (Environment, Public Policy, and Truth/Reconciliation.)   Contact the Director escmaryland@gmail.com.

Our fifth class is forming, storming and norming at home, in the neighborhood and in the city.  We welcomed our first interns to Baltimore in August 2011 to become the pioneering Gileads. In addition to the work of forming an intentional community together in their city home, Gileads work as full-time volunteers (35 hours a week) in nonprofit agencies. They join efforts to provide solace to those struggling in the city. Worksite partners in the 2015-2016 program include a farm connected with the Baltimore City School system, an agency addressing homelessness for women and men,  working with neighborhoods to grow their own food, initiating creation care programs in congregations in the Baltimore area.

From Gwen, Gilead 2013-2014: Reasons to come to Baltimore for a year of service

Less serious:
 1. Camden Yards is the most beautiful baseball park in the country (in my opinion)
2. We’re more diverse and more interesting than DC
3. We’re wittier, more intelligent and better looking than other cities
4. Feel hardcore when someone asks where you live and they say, “Oh, like The Wire?”
5. Pretty much the most badass thing to say when someone asks where you’re from except for maybe Detriot
6. National Bohemian
7. John Waters
8. Speaking of the Wire, we can totally watch the show and recognize everywhere that’s shot or mentioned.
9. Our people watching is better
More serious:
1. Penn Station is a gateway to every major city in the east coast; living in Baltimore and taking daytrips to DC is way better than actually living in DC (can you tell I’m a little biased)
2. South of the city through DC is one of the only areas in the country experiencing really heavy economic growth, so it’s a good location if you want to stick around and get a job afterward
3. The arts scene is thriving, with recent grants from the National Endowment for the Arts totaling over 2.5 mill, with free museums like BMA and the Walters, a significant and famed street art scene, and public festivals like artscape growing every year.
4. Realize your capacity to understand and relate to a hugely diverse population of all different races & creeds.
5. Become familiar with Baltimore’s vast network of nonprofits and social justice minded organizations to start a career that makes a difference.
6. The Great Kids Farm is emblematic of a larger Baltimore-wide cultivation of urban farms and green spaces which make our city ecologically richer, our people handier and our food better

Check out current interns blogging at http://www.escmaryland.org/gilead-stories-2015-present/

Reflections from a 2012-2013 intern http://episcopalmaryland.org/a-reflection-episcopal-service-corps-maryland/

Find us on Facebook at Episcopal Service Corps Maryland

Here’s our neighborhood in the news http://technical.ly/baltimore/2015/03/31/google-art-project-baltimore-street-art/

What do alumni do?  They teach (ESL in Indonesia and Russia, with TFA in Baltimore and the Louisiana Delta, elementary school children in Baltimore,) they go to graduate school (Seminary, Law School, Medical School, Social Work,) they work with youth and young adults (Diocese of Maryland, NYC, Baltimore) they work with refugees in Beirut with the Mennonites, they continue work with non-profits, they develop their own businesses, etc etc.  And they support our ESCMaryland program as board members, interview team, resource and worksite support, friends in the neighborhood to current corps members.

Some financial information: personal stipend of $200/month, housing, food stipend in a common pool, travel stipend, great health insurance if needed. A transition grant at the end of the full year of service.