Lutheran Volunteer Corps is a full-time service and leadership program operating in cities across the U.S. Our mission: to unite people to work for peace with justice. We do this by placing approximately 50 Volunteers in full-time positions at social justice organizations. Year Volunteers live together in intentional community, practicing simple and sustainable living, while exploring spirituality. LVC offers housing for yearlong service, modest stipend, health insurance, and paid vacation time.
This position: As the Minneapolis Area Synod continues to prioritize environmental justice as central issue through which we engage the congregations and neighborhoods we serve, we have some exciting growing edges for a volunteer to engage. The environmental justice contingency of the synod’s organizing department currently runs two issue campaigns: “Our Watershed Moment,” focusing on water stewardship and water justice; and “Faith and Clean Energy,” focusing on local action and an equitable transition to renewable energy. Starting in 2018, MAS’ ecojustice organizing expanded to do work deeply with a small cohort of ecumenical partners through a grant initiative, specifically using the framework of the water campaign. This particular LVC position within the Minneapolis Area Synod will be shared in part with the AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church, and there will be parallel positions to this one in two other denomination (“judicatory”) offices as well.
The LVC Associate Organizer will support the work of the environmental justice organizing in the synod, by continuing to build and connect a network of leaders, aiding in planning and implementing events, and supporting advocacy and direct action opportunities. In their role they will be trained in the skills and methodologies of organizing, and will relate to a team of organizers within the synod office. As a full member of the broader synod staff, the LVC Associate Organizer will also attend weekly all-staff meetings, help with our two largest annual events, and will learn the institutional systems that support ministry and justice work in the churches and neighborhoods that we serve.
Health coverage, Housing, Stipend, Training
All Volunteers are expected to cover the cost of their own travel to the program at the beginning, and back home at the end. All housing is furnished, so Volunteers need to bring with them personal items and bedding.
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check