Justice Leadership Program

The Justice Leadership Program invites you to make social change by working at the intersection of social justice and faith. This eleven-month internship features political advocacy and organizing, faith-based service, and leadership development. It is affiliated with the United Church of Christ Young Adult Service Communities.

Believing that “God is still speaking,” the UCC has a tradition of extravagant welcome and prophetic action for peace, justice, human rights, and inclusion. Interns do not need to be members of the United Church of Christ or other religious community, but must be willing to participate in spiritual reflection and the life and worship of a faith community.

We are recruiting for five internship positions in Seattle.

UCC Social Justice Interns:
–Work 32 hours/week in an agency* committed to social, economic, and/or environmental justice
–Serve 5 hours/week in a politically progressive Protestant congregation
–Live in intentional community with other interns in very simple housing in Seattle’s lively Capitol Hill
–Participate in a “faith and justice” class focusing on justice skills, vocation, theology, and spiritual reflection
–Receive $445/month stipend, housing, and health insurance

Agency responsibilities vary depending on the agency and the strengths of the intern. Below are some responsibilities fulfilled by interns in the last two years:
– Help organize advocacy days and meet with legislators in state capital, Olympia
– Organize communities around homelessness, immigration, or other social justice issues
– Testify at government hearings and community meetings
– Research agency’s policy priorities
– Help plan and coordinate events, such as the One Night Count of those without shelter
– Create a resource guide for undocumented immigrants
– Support communities by standing with them in protests
– Write and manage various communications, including blogs, Facebook, website, & action alerts

Responsibilities for congregational service have included:
– Connect congregation with specific social justice issues, such as living wages or environmental justice
– Help create and lead educational events
– Create and support young adult gatherings
– Assist with worship or music
– Help with Festival of Hope, fundraising event for hunger advocacy programs
– Assist with community dinners for homeless neighbors

* 2015-2016 agency placements will be with:
Church Council of Greater Seattle
Faith Action Network
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
Unite Here Local 8
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

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