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2017-2018
Chaplains on the Way
P.O. Box 812544
Wellesley
MA
2482
Email
Email: 
info@chaplainsontheway.org
Phone
Phone: 
617-504-6877

Site Description

The primary mission of Chaplains on the Way is to be in relationship with people who are experiencing homelessness, living in poverty, or living with mental illness or addiction, as spiritual care providers and companions through life’s struggles. Our work is currently centered in Waltham, MA on the streets, at the Waltham Community Day Center, and at the Bristol Lodge soup kitchen.In living out our primary mission through presence, accompaniment and advocacy, we act as a bridge between those we serve and faith communities, schools, hospitals and social service providers. Our on-going relationships with people, whose basic needs for housing and health care generally are not adequately met, inspire our work for systemic change, particularly around issues relating to homelessness, mental illness, and treatment for substance abuse. Chaplains on the Way participates in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (MACUCC) Task Team to End Homelessness.Chaplains on the Way is a ministry of the Just Peace Ministry of the Metropolitan Boston Association (MBA) of the MACUCC. We are committed to serving people of all faiths, as well as people of no particular faith. We strive to help people find hope and meaning in their lives, by helping them draw upon their own faith traditions and life experiences.The Rev. Joan B. Murray, Staff Chaplain and founder of Chaplains on the Way in June 2008, is the field education supervisor. Joan is a graduate of Episcopal Divinity School (2000) and was ordained by the UCC in April, 2002 when she began her work at Ecclesia Ministries. She served as Minister of common cathedral at Ecclesia, the outdoor church on Boston Common for 5 ½ years, has completed 4 units of CPE, and has supervised numerous BTI seminarians during her time at Ecclesia Ministries/common cathedral.

Stipend Expectation

This site meets the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

Students have the opportunity to provide pastoral care to poor and homeless people in Waltham at the Waltham Community Day Center, at the Bristol Lodge soup kitchen and on the streets in Waltham. Most of the pastoral work happens one-on-one with people. However, students can also lead or co-lead a small group either by participating in the on-going Spirituality Group at the Day Center or by starting a new group. There is also the opportunity to participate in leadership of a labyrinth-walking group for patients with me at Westborough State Hospital during the academic year 2009-10.In addition to the direct pastoral care work, which is the heart of the chaplaincy, students may also participate in the Waltham Ministerial Association, the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC Task Team to End Homelessness, or the Waltham Area Homeless Assistance Coalition, led by the Waltham Police and attended by representatives of social service agencies. In connection with any of these groups, students have the opportunity to engage in work for systemic change and advocacy for homeless people.Students also have the opportunity to do small administrative projects and assist with programmatic planning for Chaplains on the Way, including support for Companionship Training programs which we offer throughout the year, and the hosting of the Rev. Dr. Craig Rennebohm, who visits Boston annually.

Commitment to Educating Ministers

Since Chaplains on the Way is in relationship with faith communities through the Waltham Ministerial Association and serves the community of Waltham outside and at programs run by two different agencies, the Teaching Parish Committee of three people is made up of representatives from each of these three groups. The Teaching Parish Committee therefore has a representative from a Waltham church, from the Waltham Community Day Center, and from the Bristol Lodge (Middlesex Human Services Agency) soup kitchen or another agency in Waltham.

Special Considerations

Students need transportation to Waltham, where all the direct ministry occurs and where most, if not all, meetings are held---that is supervisory meetings, Teaching Parish Committee meetings, Waltham Ministerial Association meetings, and the Waltham Area Homeless Assistance Coalition meetings. The exception is the Task Team to End Homelessness which meets monthly in Framingham. (Note: A student is only required to attend supervisory and TPC meetings. The others are possibilities, depending on the student's interests.)Students of all denominations are welcome. Since some of the ministry is done outside year round and this includes walking around the town, students need to be willing to be outside in all kinds of weather and comfortable with walking moderate distances. This is not the whole ministry, but could be 2 to 4 hours per week.It is very helpful if a student has some past experience with people experiencing homelessness or with people struggling with addictions or mental illness. It is also helpful to have completed a unit of CPE, but this is not required.

Comments

Yes, the stipend is $3,000 for the academic year.

Contact Information

Joan
Murray
Title
Title: 
Rev. Ms.
4 Charles River Court
Wellesley
MA
2482
Phone
Phone: 
617-504-6877
Email

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