The bulletin insert for October 15, 2023

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Episcopal Service Corps – Johnson Service Corps

Johnson Service Corps is a diverse, ecumenical community of young adults ages 21 to 28 dedicated to service and social justice in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina.

A year in the Johnson Service Corps (JSC) is an opportunity to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually through a well-supported mix of justice work, leadership training, spiritual practice, and living in intentional community in Durham.

Johnson Service Corps members
Johnson Service Corps members

What the participants do

JSC internship placements involve 32 hours a week serving through economic, environmental, and racial justice-oriented nonprofits. These placements offer experience in areas like

  • Policy development and implementation
  • Direct service to marginalized women and families or the homeless
  • Rural agriculture cooperatives

Types of service include:

  • Addiction and recovery support
  • Arts
  • Congregation-based ministry
  • Community organizing
  • Education
  • Employment services
  • Conservation
  • Disability services
  • Food justice
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Housing insecurity
  • Immigrant/refugee services
  • Legal services
  • LGBTQIA+ support
  • Racial reconciliation
  • Special education
  • Violence prevention
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Youth-based services
  • Public policy/advocacy

Life as part of the Johnson Service Corps

Corps members live in a house with four to six other young adults: sharing space, cooking, cleaning, praying, and learning to navigate conflict. Corps members participate in weekly leadership training and in a faith community of their choice. All corps members are supported with a network of relationships that includes peers, mentors, therapists, and other partners.

The JSC community welcomes people of all spiritual traditions and those who are new to exploring spirituality. Every corps member is encouraged to adopt a daily personal practice and to adapt it over the course of the year. Popular practices have included book studies, music, yoga, and a wide variety of prayer. The corps may also participate in the wide variety of faith expressions in the Durham-area, including Buddhist temples, a local farm church, and a synagogue, along with more mainline Christian congregations.

Corps members serving through JSC arrive in mid-August and commit to participation through June of the following year. JSC provides the following:

  • Housing
  • Utilities
  • Food stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Group counseling
  • Quarterly retreats
  • Mentorship
  • $500 monthly stipend
  • $1000 completion bonus

How to apply for the Johnson Service Corps

Applications for the 2024-2025 Corps will open December 1. 2023. Visit ESC’s website to learn more about Johnson Service Corps or to take the ESC Discernment Quiz at

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