Disciples Peace Fellowship 2022 Peace Intern

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Disciples Peace Fellowship
Published
December 7, 2021
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Disciples Peace Fellowship c/o Disciples Center PO Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN
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Apply Now to be a 2022 DPF Peace Intern!

Each year DPF selects three young adults (21-years-old or older) to serve as Peace Interns. This is a 12-week, paid internship ($3,000 summer stipend; all travel expenses paid) that will allow you to serve as an advocate for peace and justice in many different ways and in several different formats. The 2022 DPF Peace Internship will be a hybrid model again this summer. That means that Peace Interns will spend part of their summer at Disciples of Christ Church Camps (in-person as well as online),  and that they will spend other weeks working remotely on projects with Disciples Justice Ministries groups and alongside interfaith/ecumenical peace partners.

For nearly fifty years, DPF’s Peace Intern program has provided a vital witness for peace within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. Since 1975, more than 100 young adults have served as Peace Interns in hundreds of ministy settings. The DPF Peace Intern program has had a lasting impact both on the interns and the youth of our church. Interns have gone on to become pastors, professors, social workers, human rights activists, and peacemakers in local communities and around the world. Through the program Disciples youth have been exposed to new ideas and issues and challenged to confront their own responsibility as citizens of a global community.

The Peace Intern Experience

Interns travel primarily independently and are immersed in new communities of faith across the country, developing their own ideas and passions, practicing relationship-building, leading workshops, facilitating small groups, and accepting hospitality along the way. It is a transformative summer experience unlike any other!

The Peace Intern summer experience begins with Training Week in late May. Peace Interns are trained by denominational leaders, peace and justice experts and other notable teachers to prepare them for their summer experience. Before and during Training Week, each intern also works to develop their own passions into workshops that are taught throughout the summer.

After Training Week, Peace Interns travel to host events all over the country and spend one week at a time immersed in new and temporary communities (usually DOC church camps). In recent summers Peace Interns have also had “remote work weeks” where they partner with grassroots Disciples Justice Ministries (such as AllianceQ, Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Green Chalice, and Reconciliation Ministries) and ecumenical/interfaith peace groups (such as the Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America and the Fellowship of Reconciliation) to work on specific projects that further the faithful work of these organizations.

Throughout the summer Peace Interns represent Disciples Peace Fellowship and the General Church while facilitating workshops about peace and justice issues as well as participating as a member of the event’s leadership staff (usually as a camp counselor, but sometimes as a leader at a denominational event, chaperone at a mission gathering, facilitators for online events, resource people for justice topics, etc.).

The summer also includes a Closing Retreat (in early August) for the interns to come together, share time with peers to decompress and to discuss, examine and evaluate their experiences. This is sacred time to reflect and learn from the internship and a very important part of DPF’s life-changing program.

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