NEWARK ACTS is a service-learning program for young adults that emphasizes social justice, community service, spiritual formation and communal living. Up to 12 corps members live in community at an urban site located in Union City (Hudson County), NJ. Young adults, aged 21-29, will come to the Diocese of Newark for eleven months to work in direct service positions for local agencies and organizations with a social justice mission.
NEWARK ACTS corps members have many opportunities to experience life in the greater New York City Metropolitan area and all the benefits it offers. The house is conveniently located to public transportation which will lead you to theater, museums, major sporting venues, beaches, the Atlantic Ocean, mountains and forests with great streams and hiking trails.
NEWARK ACTS corps members live together in an intentional community house, create a covenant and rule of life to guide their common life, and share opportunities for common meals, discussion, discernment and devotion. Throughout the year, corps members receive ongoing support and formation facilitated by NEWARK ACTS staff, Board of Directors, spiritual directors and mentors.
NEWARK ACTS seeks to nurture young adults to become community leaders with a heart for ministry, an understanding of the complexities of urban life, and a deep spirituality that integrates their desire to serve with a passion for justice and peace.
- Social Justice
- Community Service
- Communal Living
- Spiritual Formation
Through their active engagement in mission outside their congregation’s doors, our people work in the wider community as agents of God’s justice, peace and compassion. NEWARK ACTS corps members will similarly be engaged in mission, living out God’s covenantal call to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being”.
NEWARK ACTS identifies and provides corps members with opportunities to engage the world as active agents for social change. Prospective mission fields will include school settings, foster care programs, health and wellness agencies, hunger and homeless ministries, environmental justice, affordable housing, and immigration. We will make every effort to match our corps members with work sites that match their interests, gifts and passions. Corps members, in turn, may be provided with opportunities to participate in the creating, planning and carrying out of outreach projects coordinated by the Diocese, its congregations, and affiliated organizations.
We believe that deeply-considered engagement in diverse relationships is the basis for life-changing growth. In the community house, corps members create a common home through a process of learning about others and themselves by sharing common meals, discussion, devotion, and experiences. A variety of supportive and formational activities are offered which are intended to deepen the community’s understanding and to celebrate the gifts and blessings of that shared experience.
The spiritual resources and opportunities offered by NEWARK ACTS are designed to encourage and support the spiritual formation and vocational discernment of the corps members. Chaplains/spiritual directors and mentors will meet regularly with the corps members to guide them through the process of examining their experiences and discerning what God may be saying to them. Retreats led by facilitators and spiritual guides will be held several times a year to provide corps members with quiet time to reflect upon how their work, communal life, and daily experience inform their spiritual lives.
Please visit our website or contact Dunstanette Macauley for more information.