Building JustPeace Community April 2020 Immersion Trip Application
Organized through Brandeis University's Center for Spiritual Life.
This trip will take place beginning in the morning of Monday April 13, 2020 and finishing the evening of Thursday, April 16th, 2020.
Our group will meet with several intentional JustPeace communities in Massachusetts, including the Agape Community in Ware, MA, Seeds of Solidarity in Orange, MA, and Freedom Farm Community in Middletown, NY. At each of these communities, we will hear about the work they do, as well as have a chance to work outside on their farms. Our conversations with these communities will center around the topics of eco-justice, sustainability, building intentional community, living out our spirituality through social justice and peacemaking, and integrating contemplative practices with our work for justice and peace. We will conclude the trip spending one day exploring the work of justice and peace in Waltham.
A willingness to enter into deep conversations about how spirituality connects to the work of social justice is a prerequisite to participate in this trip. All Brandeis students are welcome to apply.
The application deadline is Friday, January 17. We will contact you to arrange a time to meet for an interview.
Trip Expectations and Safety Guidelines.
Thank you for reading and agreeing to these guidelines for our safe and productive time and trip together as a community. Please read each statement carefully. If accepted to this trip, you will be asked to sign these guidelines if you agree. If you’d like to discuss any of these items, feel free to contact Rev. Matt Carriker (781-736-3573,
) or Lara Ericson (781-736-3672,
1. I will attend and fully participate in the April “Building JustPeace Community” immersion trip from Monday, April 13–Thursday, April 16, 2020.
2. I understand that to secure my spot upon acceptance, I need to make a $25 non-refundable deposit. A second $25 deposit is due one month before the trip (totaling $50 that each participant will contribute).
3. People of all faith or spiritual backgrounds are welcome to attend. The program includes various forms of meditation and prayer and draws on the sacred presence of the natural world. As long as you are open to be involved spiritually, religious affiliation—including no affiliation—is not an issue.
4. I will address any potential conflicts openly, honestly, respectfully, and nonviolently.
5. I understand that I will share meals and housing with other participants for the duration of the trip. Housing Monday will be in “Francis House” at Agape in Ware, MA with separate quarters for people based on their gender identity. Housing Tuesday will be at Freedom Farm Community in Middletown, NY. Housing Wednesday will be at Brandeis. Monday and Tuesday, each participant will have a shared room with shared bath facilities.
6. Alcoholic beverages, illegal non-prescription drugs, unauthorized prescription drugs, weapons of any kind, and all harmful devices are strictly prohibited. Violation of this rule is severe and will result in immediate dismissal. Note: authorized prescription drugs are to be clearly labeled, kept with your personal belongings and used only by the patient indicated on the medication.
7. I will not engage in any inappropriate or sexual behavior with anyone on the trip. Sexual activity between participants is prohibited for the duration of the trip. Participants who engage in sexual activity will be dismissed home at their own expense.
8. I understand that prior to our Immersion trip we will create collective agreements together, which will include the appropriate uses of technology for our times together and for free time. During the immersion, at certain times we will ask you to take a technology "fast" in order to be fully present during the experience.
9. Meals are provided as part of the trip. Bring some money for extras or incidentals. The Communities we will stay with will try to accommodate dietary restrictions as much as possible. Please specify any restrictions once you are accepted on the trip.
10. I have read and agree to abide by the above information and guidelines. I understand that violations of the guidelines therein may, at the discretion of the staff, result in my dismissal from the trip. I understand that should I be dismissed from this service trip, I will be sent home immediately at my expense.
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Faith or Spiritual Affiliation
Please share with the Center for Spiritual Life why you are interested in going on this "Building JustPeace Community" trip. What do you hope to learn or gain from your experiences?
Trip Expectations and Safety Guidelines. Thank you for reading and agreeing to the above guidelines for our safe and productive time and trip together as a community. Please make sure to read each statement carefully. If accepted to this trip, you will be asked to sign these guidelines if you agree. If you’d like to discuss any of these items, feel free to contact Rev. Matt Carriker (781-736-3573,
) or Lara Ericson (781-736-3672,
I have read the Immersion Trip expectations.
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