Field Education Sites

First Religious Society in Newburyport, Unitarian Universalist

26 Pleasant St.
Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: (978) 465-0602
Fax: (978) 462-0384
Web address:

Contact Person(s):

Rev. Harold E. Babcock

Organization Description:

The First Religious Society in Newburyport, founded in 1725 as the Third Parish in Newbury, is an active, urban/suburban Unitarian Universalist church with 366 adult members and 180 children and youth and a staff of seven. The historic meeting house was built in 1801.

The congregation maintains a partner church relationship with the Unitarian Church of Ujszekely, Transylvania (Romania). The church has many active programs for adults and youth, including an excellent teen choir and small group ministry. We are diverse in age, theology, and sexual orientation with a growing population of young families.

Newburyport, which is situated at the mouth of the Merrimack River, is the smallest city in Massachusetts. Located about 45 minutes north of Boston via route 95, it has a rich maritime history, lovely federal architecture, and a beautifully restored downtown area.

Members come from several communities; many commute to work in Boston. We are mostly white, mostly middle and upper middle class. The First Religious Society and its members are engaged in the community both socially and ecumenically. We are constantly looking to increase those activities. We aim to be a theologically liberal presence in our community.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

As the Student Minister, the student will engage in many of the tasks of parish ministry. The specifics will be negotiated depending on the student's needs and the needs of the church.

Commute/Transportation Information:

Newburyport is served by commuter rail from North Station (about an hour and ten minutes) and by bus from South Station. Neither the Newburyport park and ride (at the bus station) nor the train station is close to downtown where the church is located. This pretty much makes a car a necessity, especially on Sundays.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

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


A weekly meeting with the supervisor and occasional meetings with the Committee on Ministry.

Additional Information:

Number of Students: 1

Total Compensation: $4000.00

Type of Compensation: direct pay from site

Additional Notes: Site unavailable 2010-11.

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