Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network, or LEVN, is a program of the Episcopal Service Corps (ESC) in Northern California founded on ESC’s tenets of intentional Christian community, simple living, service with others, solidarity with the poor, and focused on promoting justice, spiritual awareness, and vocational discernment. LEVN’s parent organization, The Belfry, is a Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry at U.C. Davis, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church.
Leaven is an agent of change, causing bread to rise and substances to transform.
A year of service in the LEVN program is an incredible challenge, a life-changing experience, and a phenomenal opportunity. A LEVN year is a chance for a young adult to discern their faith and spirituality through ancient liturgies, modern spiritual practice, and everything in-between. Corps members serving through LEVN will meet—and live with—people from all over the country, from all walks of life, who have come to Northern California to experience intentional community, service to others, and simple living. LEVN’s motto is “Transform your community. Transform your Life.” As LEVN’s leadership likes to say, that’s a promise, not a suggestion. A year of service is truly transformative.
During a LEVN year, Corps members will act as leaven in the community.
By committing to a year of service through LEVN, young adults are committing to a year of service to others and aspiring to live a transformative example of justice and compassion in the world. Every LEVN Corps member serves the community through placement at a local non-profit organization. Many of LEVN’s partnering organizations serve the most vulnerable populations in Yolo and Sacramento counties. LEVN alumni often go on to lives dedicated to their communities through ordination or life-long careers as non-profit professionals. Through their LEVN experience, they discover both a passion for service and a launching pad for a new career. Learn more about LEVN at www.levn.org.
About Episcopal Service Corps
Episcopal Service Corps is a network of young adults ages 21-32 serving through locally organized intentional communities that are dedicated to: serving others in solidarity; promoting justice in community; deepening spiritual awareness and vocational discernment; and living simply.
In return for volunteering, Corps members receive housing, health insurance, and small stipends to cover living expenses, transportation and food. For many young adults, this year serves as an opportunity for vocational discernment broadly understood. Most of our participants move into positions of leadership within their local churches, the wider Episcopal Church, and community organizations. Learn more about ESC on the web at episcopalservicecorps.org and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @EpiscopalServiceCorps.
Know someone who might be a good fit for a #ServiceYear through ESC? Send them a link to the application: episcopalservicecorps.org/esc-application. While a few are accepting applications for the current year, most programs are accepting applications for 2020-2021 at this time. Questions? Contact Wendy Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org.