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2015-2016
Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church
(mailing) P.O. Box 320001
(location) 1859 Centre Street
West Roxbury
MA
2132
Email
Email: 
tpcuu@verizon.net
Phone
Phone: 
617-325-4439
Website

Site Description

1) DEMOGRAPHICS OF THEODORE PARKER CHURCH:• Affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association• 92 signed adult members, approximately 50 children and youth, additional active non-members. Average total number of people in attendance (adults and children) is approximately120…and growing.• Congregational demographic: largely white, middle-class, a few people of color, a growing gay and lesbian representation, many families; only two or three adults of retirement age. The congregation gathers from the neighborhoods of West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Newton, Hyde Park, Dedham and beyond. • The congregational character is one of engagement, creativity, and openness to new people, experiences and ideas. Although the parish has a 300-year history (formed in 1712), the current congregation represents a renaissance that followed a period of near-extinction in the early 1980's. This gives it both a rich historical identity as well as an innovative, "can-do" personality. This congregation has a special love of music and its membership includes many musicians who often play in worship services.2) SURROUNDING COMMUNITY:• The neighborhood of West Roxbury is within Boston city limits but has a suburban feel, with single-family homes on large lots. West Roxbury was for several generations an Irish Catholic enclave, and although it has diversified, it retains its Irish pride. There are two large Catholic parishes that flank the two ends of the neighborhood, and several smaller protestant congregations. A thriving synagogue, Hillel B'Nai Torah, is only a block way from Theodore Parker Church.

Stipend Expectation

This site meets the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

1) OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT MINISTRY:The intern will be provided the broadest possible spectrum of exposure to and experiences in the work of parish ministry. Together, we will develop an individualized learning agreement by which he/she can develop his/her knowledge and skills, attending to growing edges. Areas of practice would include:• Worship Arts: Intern would preach approximately 6 times a year, participate in the design/leadership of services, including intergenerational and children's chapel.• Governance, Polity and Finance: Intern would witness how we define and carry out church mission, establishes budget, maintain financial health and make decisions.• Religious Education: Intern will have opportunities to develop and facilitate learning experiences for adults, youth and children.• Committee Work, Social Action and Community Building: Intern will be encouraged to attend committee meetings, church events, and social action activities to witness and participate in the ways that the congregation carries out its ministries.• Administration: Intern will be exposed to the ongoing administrative management of the parish and the processes of collaborating with and supervising staff.

Commitment to Educating Ministers

Theodore Parker Church is honored to play an important role in the formation of new Unitarian Universalist clergy. Members and leaders are willing to coach the student and reflect with him or her as s/he processes new experiences and develops new insights, self-understanding, and skills. We also recognize that our life as a church community is enhanced by the influx of fresh energy, gifts, creativity and inspiration that comes with an aspiring student minister. Theodore Parker Church has had several interns in the past throughout the 80's and 90's, all of whom have gone on to successful professional ministries. Those interns and our congregation continue to remember each other with mutual fondness, and one former intern returns to preach annually. The former minister, Rev. Bob Haney, greatly enjoyed supervising interns, and the members of the Teaching Parish Committees who guided our interns remember the experience to have been meaningful, inspiring and gratifying for all involved. With Bob Haney's retirement in 2001, a subsequent year of interim ministry, and the arrival of Rev. Lilli Nye, there has been enough transition in the life of the church to keep the congregation occupied. But when Rev. Nye received her Final Fellowship from the UUA last spring, making her eligible to supervise interns under the UUA's requirements, a desire to reinstate the internship position arose in the congregation and the necessary funds were committed.

Special Considerations

West Roxbury is not easy to reach by public transportation, especially on Sundays. It's not impossible, but requires various connections and takes extra time.

Contact Information

Lilli
Nye
Title
Title: 
Rev.
P.O. Box 320001
West Roxbury
MA
2132
Phone
Phone: 
617-325-4439
Email
Email: 

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