Through Wyoming Service Corps, young adults share a contemplative environment to discern their greater place in the world and explore the natural and social world around them.
Our goal for participants is that ten months spent in community in wild, wonderful Wyoming will yield rich personal results. Corps members will share a contemplative environment in which to discern their greater place in the world. They will also enjoy opportunities to explore the extraordinary natural and social world around them.
It is in looking after others that we find our best selves. Where do we fit in this world? What is a task that we can undertake that will help us bring our world closer to the kingdom of God on earth?
Our ten-month program, On Sacred Ground, will help yield answers to these questions. There will be spiritual direction focused on bringing greater individual understanding of the divine.
Daily and weekly devotions will include worship, discernment, and time for reflection as each corps member finds their way closer to our triune God. Additional worship time will be enjoyed in the greater region of Wyoming’s natural beauty.
Corps members serve 32 hours a week at a variety of community organizations in the area. Because we are a small community in which nonprofit organizations have limited funds to pay staff, a corps member may serve part time at multiple sites.
The volunteer site placements are oriented to social and environmental justice as well as social welfare. Participants will have the opportunity to visit other sites in addition to their own. While this program seeks to assist the local community through placements in socially responsible programs, it will focus on providing opportunities for the growth of each participant vocationally, personally, and spiritually.
Corps members receive health Insurance, subsidized therapy, spiritual direction, mentoring, housing, internet, utilities and a $250 a month personal stipend, $900 collective food monies, $400 collective transportation monies.
Our Wider Community
The beauty of our setting contributes to the growth experience offered in this service year. Cody, Wyoming is a small town located in northwestern Wyoming and surrounded by beautiful mountains and wide-open spaces. It is central to both shopping and medical care. Cody is located only fifty miles from Yellowstone National Park. The area is a popular setting for outdoor recreation and is a hub for western history and art. Cody is also close to many native sacred spaces. Visits and retreat weekends to these “thin” spaces will add opportunities for spiritual reflection and deepening. Corps members will be immersed in the wild beauty and spiritual power of our landscape during their service year.
Wyoming Service Corps members call Thomas the Apostle Center (TAC) home. TAC is a spiritual retreat center that provides communal living space complete with a chapel, labyrinth, and a Stations of the Cross/prayer walk up Dinosaur Ridge against which TAC is built. This sacred space has served as a place of healing, rejuvenation, and growth for thousands over the years.
Corps share rooms, a kitchen, dining area as well as common areas for meeting, gathering, and play. The entire campus was originally built by an artist, and there is a small gallery in the Studio House as well. One of the rooms is handicapped accessible.
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