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First Parish in Brookline
382 Walnut Street

Site Description

First Parish is a nearly 300 year old congregation located in a quiet section of Brookline which can be reached by car, bus, or the MBTA green line, and which is minutes from ANTS by car. It is a growing Midsize I congregation which enjoys an urban and suburban membership that draws a racially, economically, and educationally diverse community from Boston and surrounding towns. Rev. Martha Niebanck and Rev. Jim Sherblom are in their fourth year as Co-Ministers leading this congregation in a process of deepening, transformation and growth. This community is quite proud of the strength of its music program and choirs, the inovative nature of its Religious Exploration program, and the level of commitment of its youth in district wide activities. It is a UUA certified Welcoming Congregation which has been deeply involved with gay rights and equal marriage in Massachusetts. Its social justice community has longstanding ties with the UUUM, UUSC, and MASS Action, and in recent years has added mission trips and eco-justice awareness to broaden its commitment to social action within its community.

Stipend Expectation

This site meets the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

We seek a student who is self-motivated, who can be a regular part of our Sunday morning worship team (and preach three times a year), plus be involved in other important aspects of our ministry. Responsibilities could include youth and young adult ministry,involvement with our eco-justice initiatives, and perhaps faiclitating one or more of our affinity groups or small group ministries. In return for the educational opportuntity we expect the student to have a substantial positive impact on our community.

Commitment to Educating Ministers

This congregation has a long history of helping develop new UU ministers, many of whom have gone on to very successful parish minsitries of their own. The Teaching Parish Committee will include some of our most experienced lay leaders and should be able to provide insight for the intern's emerging skills and growing edges. Rev. Jim Sherblom will serve as the intern supervisor, for which he will enroll in the ANT's supervisory course, and will meet weekly with the intern for spiritual reflection and advice.

Special Considerations

Most students use this inertnship to meet the MFC internship requirements, and should generally have candidacy status, have completed at least two thirds of their academic requirements for the MDIV, and preferably have completed their CPE.


We provide a $5000 annual educational stipend for a two year half time internship.

Contact Information

382 Walnut St

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