SUMMER COMMUNITIES OF SERVICE

All For One

CHANGE YOUR LIFE. CHANGE THE WORLD.

That’s a bold affirmation to make, but we, the Alliance of Baptists, in collaboration with the United Church of Christ, believe that young adults have an opportunity to do just that through participating in the Summer Communities of Service program!

This 10-week program offers adults ages 19 and older a life-changing opportunity to live in intentional community, to develop leadership skills, to participate in hands-on justice advocacy/service work, and to discern issues of faith and vocational choices!

The Alliance of Baptists and the United Church of Christ are committed to diversity, acceptance, and ecumenism. We are both socially progressive national bodies and advocate for justice from a faith perspective! The Summer Communities of Service program reflects these core values and welcomes participants from all walks of life. The program places young adults with host Alliance of Baptists or United Church of Christ faith communities. Participants serve with a local ministry of the host congregation or with a community agency committed to social justice. Interns receive a stipend of $1,000, assistance with food and transportation, housing, and health insurance if not already covered.

Since its inception in 2010, we have seen the bold words, Change your Life, Change your World, come to fruition. Interns at a day-labor ministry begun by Wellspring UCC in Centreville, Va., have been motivated to learn more about the hardships and injustices that immigrants face and their path in graduate school has been informed by their experience. Interns in Charlotte, N.C., have been challenged to really live as neighbors in a part of town that is often forgotten when it comes to safety, community development, and good food choices. They have moved into their careers in law enforcement and care for veterans with a different perspective. Interns have helped build homes in Mississippi, teach children in Chicago, clothe and feed people who are homeless in New York, offer support and friendship to those who are marginalized in New Orleans. These former interns are now going to seminary, teaching children, serving in the Peace Corps, and holding long-term mission and ministry positions!

Summer 2015 is going to be another great summer with opportunities including the following locations:

- Ellis Avenue Church, Chicago, Ill.

- QC Family Tree, Charlotte, N.C.

- Metro Baptist Church, New York City

- Washington UCC, Cincinnati, Ohio

-Woodside Church, Flint, Mich.

Dates of service including orientation and debriefing are:

May 27 — August 12, 2015

Application can be found here.

If you have questions please call Paula Clayton Dempsey, director for partnership relations of the Alliance of Baptists, at 866.745.7609 or email Paula.

Hear from 2014 interns about why they chose to participate in Summer Communities of Service: