Field Education Sites

First Parish of Stow and Acton

353 Great Rd.
Stow, MA 01775
Phone: (978) 897-8721
Web address:

Contact Person(s):

Rev. Thomas Anthony Rosiello

Organization Description:

First Parish Church is a thriving mid-sized Unitarian Universalist Congregation located about 20 miles west of Cambridge. We are at a fascinating and challenging point in our 324 year history where new ideas and rapid growth are building on a strong foundation of church traditions. Our congregation is very active with diverse social justice and outreach programs, professionally led religious education with 150 children and youth enrolled, many adult programs including an exemplary small group ministry, fine choir and other musical groups. The church is run by strong lay and professional leadership working together. We are a diverse welcoming congregation with opportunities to minister to youth and the elderly, to people of diverse theological views, to straight and gay people, to households of just about every conceivable family structure, and to people of increasingly varied socio-economic backgrounds. Our newly created mission statement captures the spirit of the church with these words:

We welcome all who seek a vibrant spiritual home where together we lovingly challenge and transform ourselves. Empowered by our congregation’s rich history and our Unitarian Universalist traditions, we commit to courageously build a caring and just world.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

Intern Minister

There will be a variety of ministerial practice opportunities for an Intern Minister at First Parish Church. S/He will have opportunities to exercise pastoral care, to participate in an active, established RE program, and to plan, contribute to, and preach at well-attended Sunday morning worship services graced by vibrant and varied music. In addition, there will be an opportunity to participate in and provide leadership for a variety of social justice ministries. The intern minister will also work with the minister on the nuts and bolts of church administration and governance in a growing mid-sized congregation. There will be weekly supervision for which the intern will prepare a one page reflection each week. This field education position meets the requirements for the two year part-time UUA Internship and pays a yearly stipend of $6500.

Job Description for Part-time Youth Director

This year First Parish of Stow and Acton will be offering this second field education opportunity in the area of youth ministry. The Youth Director will plan and lead religious education meetings, social justice activities, community service projects, field trips and other programs for the Senior Youth. The position will also involve leading and coordinating adults in the congregation to assist. There will also be some involvement with junior youth activity. This field education position would provide an excellent opportunity to meet the ministerial arts requirement of religious education and administration and program development. The stipend for this position, which will run from October through May, will be $6500. Supervision will be by the minister with the assistance of the Director of Religious Education and the Religious Education Committee.

Commute/Transportation Information:

No information provided.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

No Arts of Ministry competencies specified.



Additional Information:

Number of Students: 1

Total Compensation: $6500.00

Type of Compensation: direct pay from site

Additional Notes: Site unavailable 2009/10.

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