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Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
Contact Person(s):Rev. Catherine Senghas
The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry unites communities and transforms individuals through education, service, and advocacy. We engage communities and congregations in social action and change with programs that empower youth and adults to realize their full potential.
For nearly 200 years, the UU Urban Ministry has been working side-by-side with Boston's urban communities to create opportunities and instill hope for a brighter future. We concentrate our efforts primarily in out-of-school-time programming for at-risk youth and shelter for those fleeing domestic violence. We also operate a program focused on providing support for men in transition, including those involved with the criminal justice system.
Our ministry is rooted in direct experience and service with those in Boston who are struggling for better lives. We seek to build bridges of understanding and mutuality so that people in various economic circumstances can work together to effect change. Our goal is to create a human community that is peaceful and just.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
Internship opportunities include direct program involvement, liaison work with member churches and social action committees, and agency administration.
Field Ed students can choose to work directly with two out of three of our major programs, depending on schedule availability, interest, and learning goals.
Roxbury Youth Programs After School
The UU Urban Ministry serves 50 middle school and high school students from Roxbury and Dorchester. Each weekday afternoon youth participate in tutoring, homework help, group learning circles, and life skills workshops. A field education student would work directly with students, learning about their lives and academic challenges and reflecting on what the students face growing up and learning in an urban environment. A field education student would also work closely with volunteers who are navigating this experience as well.
Roxbury Youth Programs Weekend Enrichment Program
Explorer's Club is the weekend component of the Roxbury Youth Programs. Focusing on elementary-school aged children, the program meets one Saturday a month for fun and educational enrichment activities. A field education student would participate in the program each month, ensuring that children are engaging in the programming in a meaningful way. Attention is paid to ritual and group dynamics as well as exposing children to activities they might not otherwise have a chance to explore, such as hiking, cooking, iceskating, etc… Field education students would also work directly with the volunteer mentors in this program, helping them to process their experience getting to know an inner-city child and his/her family.
Renewal House ESL Classes
The UU Urban Ministry offers English classes twice a week for residents of Renewal House, our domestic violence shelter. A field education student would work as part of the team of English teachers and childcare providers making these classes run. Emphasis is placed on creating a warm and unthreatening environment and on building confidence along with English skills.
We are located within walking distance of the Roxbury Crossing T-stop on the Orange Line. Congregational work may require access to a car.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Administration and Program Development
- Denominational Polity
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
- Preaching and Worship
Weekly meetings with supervisor. Supervisor may be the Director of Renewal House (our domestic violence shelter), the Coordinator for Outreach and Volunteers, or the Sr. Minister & Executive Director, depending on the placement.
Number of Students: 1
Total Compensation: $4000.00
Type of Compensation: work study
Additional Notes: Site unavailable 2013-14.