David Owen will join Week of Compassion as the new Director of Fund Development beginning July 1. Owen has served as the Associate for Resource Development with Global Ministries, a partner of Week of Compassion and a common witness of the Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Wider Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ since 2007. David and his wife, Roxi, lived in Africa through Global Ministries for over 15 years, working with local partners to support sustainable development projects. In his new role with Week of Compassion, David will help Week of Compassion to connect its mission and impact with local Disciples congregations across North America. David and Roxi have four children, one grandson, and live in Austin, Texas.
New Seminarian Intern
Virginia White will join Week of Compassion as Seminarian Intern, beginning August through June 2017. Virginia is currently a Masters of Divinity Student and Disciples Divinity House Scholar at the University of Chicago Divinity School. A native of Austin, Texas, she is a 2013 graduate of Rice University, where she majored in Sociology and History, with a focus on poverty, gender and race studies. A life-long Disciple and "preacher's kid," she is passionate about how we are called to transformation in order to be 'church' in the twenty-first century. Interested in the connections between church and society, she worked as a researcher in the Rice University Religion and Public Life Program for four years, focusing on projects examining religion, science, education and justice. Last year, she served as pastoral intern at Root and Branch Church, a Disciples 'dinner church' plant in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. She believes that the church is called to actively reach out and engage those beyond its walls through service, welcome and care and is excited to work with Week of Compassion in this arena. Her home church is University Christian Church in Austin, Texas.
Week of Compassion is partnering with Disciples Volunteering and the disaster ministries of the Church of the Brethren and United Church of Christ to develop the Disaster Response Support Initiative (DRSI), which is seeking applicants for the following positions: a Case Management Specialist and an LTRG Formation Specialist. These positions are part of the Disaster Recovery Support Team (DRST) that will model, support, mentor and encourage the development of local LTRGs through a sustained on-site presence. Team members will deploy rapidly and remain with the community for a period of 2-12 months as a resource to the local recovery effort. Successful candidates will be flexible, self-motivated team players with exceptional interpersonal skills and problem solving abilities who can communicate effectively in a way that builds consensus and enhances the work of the DRST in LTRG development. Deadline is midnight, Wednesday, May 18. For application details, visit www.discipleshomemissions.org/drsi.
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