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Hope Central Church, UCC and DOC
Contact Person(s):Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
Situated near the Green St. station on the Orange Line, Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain is a congregation committed to progressive Christian practices for the purpose of following our longing to God. We seek to deepen our understanding of God's work by means of justice work, prayer, meditation, creativity, worship, and the discipline of gratitude. We practice radical welcome, and learn everyday what that means. We savor and nurture necessary creative tensions: to be alone and to be in community; to be anchored in our neighborhood and to be a destination church; more Jesus and less Jesus; to be tethered to Christianity and to learn from our religious neighbors.
We have two services every Sunday, at 10:30 and 5:30, with two different music teams. Music is a very important part of our service. People sing with open hearts and open throats. Our morning service feels more jazz and r&b, our evening service is more Americana roots, more eclectic. In both services, we move between silence and exuberance. At least seven lay people serve in every service. We have communion at every service. Our children are in Sunday school, but process down the aisle near the end of our worship time with the collected offering, our gifts from God, to the tune of "Amen."
At Hope Central, we host Iglesia Hispana de la Comunidad, a UCC congregation pastored by Lisa DePaz. It is our great pleasure and honor to learn about God from them. In return, we share as much of our resources as is possible. Their service is at 1PM, so our Sundays are full of praise and the study of God's work, and work for the world.
We are an opening and affirming congregation, and we belong to the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We use the best practices of each denomination.
We are a recently merged congregation, and are learning to honor the genius of a congregation that has existed since before the American Civil War and a congregation that until recently has understood itself as a new church start. We have the foundation of an old institution and the willing experimental enthusiasm of a new organization. We are in an amazing, growing time.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
The student would have weekly opportunities to be involved in worship planning and worship involvement. The student would preach, teach, and be involved in church administration. The student could do home visits, be a part of the leadership council. The student could be a part of our Sunday school programs, could participate in the music program, the art projects, outreach, marketing. We are turning our face to the neighborhood, and finding a way to be a presence there, at Ula's Café, JP Licks, City Feed and Supply would be most welcome.
We are a neighborhood in Boston, two short blocks from the Green St. T stop on the Orange Line, and two long blocks from downtown JP and the 39 bus line. We have a parking lot across the street from the church.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Administration and Program Development
- Denominational Polity
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Preaching and Worship
- Religious Education and Spiritual Development
There will be weekly supervision meetings and monthly meetings with the Teaching Parish Team.
Number of Students: 1
Total Compensation: $4,000.00
Type of Compensation: direct pay from site