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United Christian Foundation Campus Ministry at UMass Amherst

P.O. Box 2033
Amherst, MA 01022
Phone: (413) 374-8194
Fax: (413) 794-9490
Web address: www.umass.edu/protestant/
Email: kh@som.umass.edu

Contact Person(s):

Rev. Dr. Kent Higgins

Organization Description:

The UCF chaplaincy at UMass Amherst has been supported by the United Methodist, Presbyterian, American Baptist, and the U.C.C. churches. We are actively involved in creating pluralist Christian ministry with students from these denominations and other backgrounds. In recent years mainline Protestants on campus have focused increasingly on social justice, service-learning, spiritual growth, the arts, and interfaith dialogue programs. UCF increasingly defines itself in partnership or as a complement to parish fellowships that provide worship and Bible study.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

Part of the student's involvement will be to assist in the development of at least one service-learning experience in which UMass Protestants and others will participate in during the course of the academic year. Possible examples of this include preparing a weekend service experience that involves work at the Harvard Square homeless shelter and/or the BU food salvage program, or working to create an interfaith alternative spring break program. Another part of the student's involvement could include speaking at the Sunday services of eastern Massachusetts congregations supportive of UCF. Depending on the student's interests and availability of transportation and time, the student would also need to attend student ministry meetings or other campus activity in Amherst at least every other week.

Commute/Transportation Information:

No information provided.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

  • Administration and Program Development
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship

Supervision:

Weekly or bi/weekly supervisory sessions in Cambridge or Amherst are required, and the student will be supervised by Chaplain Kent Higgins.

Additional Information:

Number of Students: 1

Total Compensation: $4000.00

Type of Compensation: work study

Additional Notes: Effective campus ministry at UMass Amherst ideally requires that the student live in the community or be flexible and organized enough to be present when students gather. Coordination of student meetings, supervision and other direct contact time is essential. The trip from Cambridge to Amherst is approximately 2 hours one-way.

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