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First Parish in Bedford Unitarian Universalist
Contact Person(s):Rev. John E. Gibbons
The Society was gathered in 1730. The present meeting house was built in 1816; a graceful addition contains three floors of vigorously used space. There are 380 active adult members and 120 children and youth. Parish interests are varied and robust. The congregation has a fierce belief in shared ministry, reflected in collaborative effort between the laity and professional leadership. All vital signs are strong - religious education, social concern, denominational participation, aesthetics, spiritual discipline, sense of community. The congregation is committed to being a teaching parish (and learning community), and feels it has much to contribute to ministers-in-training.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
First Parish offers rich opportunities to engage the community within and beyond the meetinghouse walls, including preaching and pastoral care. The congregation seeks a student who has a background of UU church experience, is gifted with skills in facilitating and has a strong sense of vocation for parish ministry.
Terms of Placement: 15-20 Hrs/wk.
No information provided.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Administration and Program Development
- Denominational Polity
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
- Preaching and Worship
- Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Supervision is shared by the Senior and Parish Ministers, and a lay committee.
Number of Students: 1
Total Compensation: $6000
Type of Compensation: direct pay from site