Volunteer Opportunities at Red Clay Sangha

RCS is a peer-led all volunteer organization and as such there are plenty of opportunities for volunteering:

Service Leadership

We take turns with all Sunday service responsibilities, such as opening the doors, timing meditation, leading the chanting services and leading and facilitating the dharma discussions. We have a separate calendar to keep up with the rotation where you can sign-up for these services: if you already have an account you can SIGN UP HERE! 

It you do not have an account on our service volunteer leadership platform and are interested in participating, please reach out by email. If you already have the requisite practice and experience, you will be added to the volunteer list and will have access to the calendar; and if not, you will quickly be scheduled either in a group or an individual training session to equip you with those skills.

Cleaning the Space

We all like a clean and well ordered space: not only does a clean space help us hold a clean mind as we meditate together, but it is an important element of the hospitality we want to extend to visitors. We have tried many different approaches to cleaning our space: doing this as a sangha after monthly precepts; having ad hoc cleaning working parties; leaving cleaning equipment on site for individuals to do as they feel necessary. None of these has worked well. Our present approach is to have a cleaning roster and invite people to volunteer and sign up to clean on a regular basis, generally partnered with another like-minded individual. If you are interested in this service, please contact us by email.

Pastoral Care 

One of the founding principles of Red Clay Sangha is the importance of sangha. We regard sangha as our teacher and focus heavily on cultivating relationships and friendship within the sangha, for example by having a meal together after most of our regular activities. We have come to realize recently, however, that there are important areas of sangha as community to which we have not been paying attention. A working group has been formed to explore this area and to bring forward ideas and actions that would be helpful to building and strengthening our sense of community. Broadly the areas we are looking at fall under the category of pastoral care:

  • An announcement list for dedication of merit;
  • A regular forum for celebrating life milestones;
  • A regular email communication (newsletter) to the sangha which is focused on the personal, family, community issues and not on dharma or teachings or even Red Clay activities.

Making this "real" requires the participation of voices from the sangha to express what is important, to help develop action plans, and to lead the activities that come from this. If you are interested in joining this conversation, please contact ucontact us by emails by email. 

Equity and Justice 

There have been many conversations at Red Clay Sangha about what equity and justice mean, and about understanding our responsibility as a sangha and as individual sangha members in this space. A working group of the sangha has been formed and we are taking our first steps towards developing a social justice and equity platform for discussion, sangha engagement and community engagement. This is a very delicate topic, and our conversations are at a very early stage - we are concerned that even the words used here might be insensitive! - but we feel that it is so important that we need to start the conversation. We anticipate the sangha hosting dialog forums, and developing sangha activities and field trips, as well as more as this unfolds. To do this we need to hear what you have to say! If you'd like to get involved or learn more, please contact us by email

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