Field Education Sites

Church of the Larger Fellowship (UU)/Arlington Street Church

25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 948-6166
Fax: (617) 532-4123
Web address:

Contact Person(s):

Rev. Dr. Jane Rzepka

Organization Description:

The Church of the Larger Fellowship is a UU congregation of approximately 3000 members on the Web and by mail. The CLF serves its members, many of whom are geographically isolated, by means of its worship publication (Quest), podcasts, online communities (covenant groups, classes, lists, discussion groups), its loan library, programs at General Assembly, phone calls and letters, and the occasional personal visit. The CLF also provides extensive worship and religious education support to small congregations, a prison ministry, and a ministry by and for young adults.

The Arlington Street Church, a historic church in downtown Boston, has a progressive membership of approximately 300, many of whom are Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender persons. There are 40 children enrolled in religious education programming.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

CLF: Students may participate in projects as varied as sermon-writing and preaching, pastoral care, prison ministry, marketing, design, creating liturgy for small congregations, budget planning and administration, religious education, working in partnership with UUA departments, fundraising and Web enterprises such as online RE, Website design, chat rooms, and worship resources. The student may attend weekly worship services at the UUA.

ASC: Opportunities for ministry unique to this setting include issues of

*an urban setting (including homelessness, hunger, mental illness, and drug and alcohol addiction);

*local and global social justice;

*large numbers of people coming to Unitarian Universalism from other religious traditions;

*families with children who have special needs;

*a vibrant immigrant Latino population (with their own mid-week service, conducted in Spanish).

The student may participate in such areas of ministry as:

*planning and leading intergenerational and mid-week worship;

*preaching and rites of passage;

*planning, coordinating and teaching children, youth and adult religious education;

*working with Arlington Street Church's Greater Boston Interfaith Organization committee and/or the Social Action committee;

*working with the UU Affairs Committee to facilitate connections between the church and the UUA; and

*supporting small group ministry.

In addition to these specific areas, there will be ongoing opportunities for pastoral care and counseling, and for learning about the overall administration of the church.

Commute/Transportation Information:

No information provided.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

  • Administration and Program Development
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development


Supervision will be with the Rev. Jane Rzepka and the Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie.

Additional Information:

Number of Students: 1

Total Compensation: $15000.00

Type of Compensation: direct pay from site

Additional Notes: Site unavailable 2010-11.

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