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CCADREE

Christian Community Action to Defend & Restore our Environment & Economy

ca·dre

n. /ˈkadrē,ˈkädˌrā/ 1. A small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose. 2. A group of activists in a revolutionary organization. Synonyms: body, team, nucleus, core.

Purpose: Like leaven in the loaf, CADRE seeks to incubate small groups of change agents who contagiously embody and spread an earth-honoring, people-dignifying, simple-living, empire-resisting, despair-erasing, society-changing, Jesus-following Way of life.

Overview: CADRE is an innovative “young adults in service” model designed for this watershed moment in history, in which we face unprecedented challenges—and opportunities—in our ecosystems, our economy, and our churches. At the crossroads of nature and scripture and based on a community-living model, CADRE integrates science and spirituality, reflection and action, social reform and personal formation, community building and bioregional resiliency, policy activism and individual life-change.

Service Work Placements: CADRE plunges a small group of young people aged 21-30 into a year of formation, service and community capacity building. Participants work three days a week in placements with Taos County organizations working toward environmental and economic justice and community capacity-building: examples include innovative public schools, regional food networks, affordable adobe housing, renewable energy initiatives, church renewal, eco-faith movement building, and coalitions for watershed health.

Location: CADRE is an initiative of TiLT, the Taos Initiative for Life Together. CADRE operates out of the TiLT House, a sprawling twelve-room hand-built adobe hacienda in the center of town. TiLT, an innovative “lifestyle laboratory” located at 7000' in the high desert mountain environment of Taos, NM, seeks to build transformative capacity within our own community of Taos, even as we offer programs to outside participants who come to TiLT seeking to transform their own lives.

Spiritual & Personal Formation: CADRE is situated in “a place apart” in the rural mountain Southwest, and calls its participants to “find yourself in the wilderness” in the tradition of Jesus, John the Baptist, and the prophets. CADRE emphasizes personal formation far more than many similar “service year” programs through immersion in desert spirituality, watershed discipleship, and racial reconciliation. Activities include wilderness treks, overnight solos, nature-based liturgies, community disciplines, transformative readings, scripture study, field trips, sustainable building projects, off-the-grid living and homesteading in the high desert.

Compensation: In exchange for roughly 34 hours work per week, each CADRE participant will receive food, lodging, & utilities; as well as a sequence of wilderness treks & trainings, spiritual direction, personal growth opportunities, and professional development. Opportunities to earn additional income are possible.


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