First Parish in Concord

20 Lexington Rd
Concord, MA 01742
Phone: 781/724-5992
Fax: 978/369-8702
Web address:

Contact Person:

Susan Ryan

Organization Description:

First Parish in Concord is a large church community of historical significance in the UUA. It was first gathered in 1636 and has been on its present site almost as long. Our beautiful building was constructed in 1901 and is the fourth iteration of the original meeting house. Today, First Parish is a dynamic community of more than 1200 adults and children. Our mission statement captures our essence: First Parish is a welcoming UU congregation that seeks ways to deepen spiritually, build community, and make a positive difference in the world. Our senior minister, Rev. Howard Dana, was called to First Parish in June 2013 following thirteen years at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, PA. We also have a full-time minister for Pastoral Care and an affiliate minister who serves as the Community Minister for Restorative Justice. A staff of twelve is responsible for overseeing all aspects of First Parish. We are proud of our Green Sanctuary. The Meeting House is brimming daily with activities: covenant groups, choir rehearsals and cooking for Caring Connection to name just a few. The Pastoral Care Council works in collaboration with our minister and a cadre of lay ministers to provide spiritual and emotional support in times of illness, loss, and crisis. We have a rich and well run RE program. Our life span programs honor the many stages and expressions of our spirituality as we grow. Our music program is large and varied with choirs for all ages and gifted music directors. In addition, the Arts Council promotes and supports dramatic and musical productions. Social action is an integral part of First Parish. The Social Action community oversees more than twenty programs to encourage congregants to engage in many different types of social action activities. For more information, see our website.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

Ideally, the applicant will be a candidate on the path to UU ministry, in preparation to meet with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, finished with or in the last year of school and available full time. Under the supervision of Senior Minister, Howard Dana, our full-time ministerial intern will focus on all aspects of parish ministry from preaching, pastoral care and counseling, administration and program development, religious education and spiritual development. The intern will work closely with Rev. Dana, the ministerial team and First Parish staff to meet a wide range of ministerial needs. The intern is expected to give six sermons. The workweek is 48 hours from mid-August to mid-June.

Commute/Transportation Information:

Access to commuter rails is within one mile of our site. For complete information, see our listing on the UUA internship Clearinghouse site.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

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


Supervision and support will be provided by Rev. Howard Dana..

Additional Information:

  • Number of Students: 1
  • Total Compensation: $24000.00
  • Type of Compensation: Direct Pay from Site
  • Additional Notes: Health benefits provided.

    Type of compensation: direct pay from site -- $24,000 per 10-month position ($16,000 if intern lives on campus).

    First Parish offers and encourages our intern to take advantage of on-campus housing for the best possible experience. The full-time ministerial internship pays $2,400 a month for ten months. We have an onsite one-bedroom apartment at a rate of $800 per month, utilities included. (If you use housing, the stipend is $1,600 per month.)

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