“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.