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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Young Adult Volunteer Internship, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 7363

Wed, April 30, 2014

Program Description
Ayava House (an acronym for Austin Young Adult Volunteer and AmeriCorps) recognizes the growing desire of many young people to engage and transform their world through a deep commitment to service.  Austin Seminary desires to offer its resources to young adults working through faith-based programs as well as our national service corps.  We recognize that both programs engage young people who will serve in ministry and leadership capacities in their faith traditions as well as their communities of residence.

Participants will examine their individual call to a life of service and how this influences their larger vocational direction, exploring these questions through active citizenship in the seminary community, the city of Austin, and the expansive and expanding kingdom of God.  Austin Seminary recognizes the value of preparing these individuals by providing them with tools of discernment and theological reflection, as well as helping them to establish networks of colleagues in ministry and service that will nurture them for a lifetime.  

Placement Opportunities
Potential sites include service in the areas of:
• Homeless services
• Education and support for developmentally disabled children, youth, and adults
• Campus ministries/college outreach
•  Early childhood intervention and family support
•  Immigration and refugee services; advocacy and policy support; ESL classes
•  AIDS/Cancer Care teams
•  Citizen engagement through grassroots advocacy and activist training

Housing
Each volunteer will live in community with two to five other volunteers for the year. Housing is on the Austin Seminary campus in 3 bedroom duplexes.

Vocational discernment and Faith formation

Participants will be involved in full time volunteer work; they will be asked to commit an additional two hours per week to an ongoing exploration of faith and discernment as a community.  During this time, we will gather together and check in with one another, share progress or setbacks on the spiritual work we are undertaking individually each day, and work together through a curriculum established by the group under the direction of the site coordinator.

In addition to the weekly exploration of faith and discernment, volunteers will engage in one "family activity" per week that is wholly experiential in nature and will foster a sense of camaraderie and fellowship.  These activities may be as simple as setting a menu, preparing and enjoying a meal together, or may involve exploring or enjoying one of the many rich cultural opportunities offered in Austin:  watching a play, visiting a farmer’s market, touring the open artist studios on the East Austin Studio Tour.

To supplement our weekly activities, we will schedule opportunities for participants to engage with Austin Seminary faculty in a meaningful manner by structuring monthly gatherings for a faculty member to interact with the group over dinner or dessert.  When faculty are not available, we will invite local clergy or Seminary graduates to discuss the intersection of faith and vocation in their lives, and elaborate on their own concept of "call" as it relates to our personal and professional lives.

Intentional Community Aspects

Ayava House at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is an Intentional Community for young adults, with the following guiding principles:

    -Vocational discernment
    -Service to the community
    -Theological reflection
    -Engagement in spiritual practices
    -Simple living

Requirements
Age: 20-29
Education: college desirable
Other: applicants should have a desire to engage in the Austin Seminary community of faculty, staff, and students, both programmatically and informally

To apply, see BTT Gateway Job ID 7363. Application deadline is 4/30/2014.


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