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Position Open
2017-2018
City Mission Boston
14 Beacon Street
Suite 203
Boston
MA
02108
Email
Email: 
information@citymissionboston.org
Phone
Phone: 
617-742-6830

Site Description

City Mission Society (CMS), the oldest multi-service agency in New England, has been serving the educational, economic and social needs of impoverished Boston area residents since it was founded in 1816. Overall, 95 percent of our constituents are low-income individuals who live in the Greater Boston area. Approximately two-thirds are African-American and reside in the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Mattapan, and Dorchester. The mission of CMS's field education program is to prepare theology students for ordained or unconventional ministry in diverse settings. CMS accomplishes this by giving students the opportunity to interact with city residents and by providing information and reflection so that students can place their new experiences and relationships into a theological context.City Mission Society has multiple programs that engage citizens from all local communities in becoming involved in addressing issues of urban poverty. • Homelessness Prevention identifies and assists families who are at risk of homelessness, as it is far more caring and cost-effective to intervene before someone needs to be re-housed. • “Boston Urban Outreach” invites groups of youth and adults nation-wide to take part in service projects in the neighborhoods of Boston and learn first-hand about social justice issues. • Annual Events: CMS offers a series of annual events and service opportunities, including Coat Boston (November), Christmas Shop (December), Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Learning (January), and Book Drive (May). All of the events benefit low-income families and individuals in Boston.

Stipend Expectation

This site meets the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

Students participate on weekly theological supervision activities. In addition, participants work with one of City Mission Society’s existing programs: Homelessness Prevention or Boston Urban Outreach. Students have the opportunity to exercise leadership and engage with residents from throughout the Greater Boston area. Equally important, they receive practical supervision from the relevant Program Director. By receiving attention and feedback from more than one supervisor, students can gain exceptional practical experience in program development and management. In addition, students gain the opportunity to cultivate professional connections in their area of interest: working in these projects puts them in contact with church and non-profit leaders.

Commitment to Educating Ministers

The Teaching Parish/Site Committee is made up of the student's colleagues, including the task supervisor and program volunteers. This arrangement allows the student to receive feedback from people who are working on the same program as s/he is, and those who are in a position to see her/his effectiveness and leadership skills in action.

Special Considerations

CMS offers field education opportunities both during the school year (September to April) for 12-15 hours per week and during the summer (June to August) for 20-25 hours per week. Students must specify the time-frame they are interested in at the time that they apply.

Contact Information

Sandras
Barnes
Title
Title: 
Coordinator Seminarians in the City
14 Beacon Street
Suite 203
Boston
MA
02108
Phone
Phone: 
617-291-1987

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