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 NightChurch at 5:30, with combined services for some high Christian holidays. Music is a very important part of our morning service. People sing with open hearts, in multiple parts, and as if our lives depended on it. We have communion at every service. Our morning service is vibrant, intentionally intergenerational, with thoughtful, progressive children's church, welcoming all kinds of families. Our evening service is sacred, casual, sharing ancient and new spiritual practices, worshiping together in search of the Divine. At Hope Central, we host Iglesia Hispana de la Comunidad, a UCC congregation pastored by Cesar DePaz, Jr. 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 committed to the work of justice and compassion saying that we will do no worship, no project, no administrative project at which only white people can be successful. We participate in the monthly Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter. We work with Community Servings. We provide small grants for compassion and justice, giving away 10% of our plate and pledge offerings. We’re a Sanctuary Church, Level 2. We hope, this year, to start a mutual fund providing interest free loans. 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.
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 Circle, our church council, and the Ministry of Justice and Compassion's work. The student could be a part of our 10:00 AM Sunday school programs, could participate in the music program, the art projects, outreach, marketing, and our monthly service at a local home for assisted living.
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
- Peacebuilding and Just Conflict Resolution
- 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: $6000.00
- Type of Compensation: Direct Pay from Site
- Additional Notes: Students of Color especially encouraged to apply.