Stephanie L. May
First gathered in 1640, First Parish in Wayland stands in the center of town of nearly 14,000 people, 15 miles west of Boston. With more than 250 adult members and 75 children/youth, the congregation is vibrant, active, and engaged. Our congregants range from less than 1 year old to over 100. In recent years, we have been growing in our diversity of age, race, and national origin. In our worship life, First Parish has a tradition of strong preaching and music as well as a love of laughter. As a congregation, we are large enough to have a lot of different activities and small enough that an intern can get to know us. Among the MetroWest suburbs, Wayland is distinctive for its interfaith community of Christian (Catholic, Methodist, and Lutheran), Jewish (Reform and Conservative), Muslim, Baha’i, and Unitarian Universalist communities. In recent years, the congregation has become more active in social action with support from the newly created Lydia Maria Child Fund, including the Uganda Project which connects us to Uganda and the Ugandan immigrant community in Waltham.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
A ministerial intern at First Parish will engage in all aspects of parish ministry—with specific areas of focus and projects to be developed in conversation with the intern committee and supervising minister. The intern will regularly participate in staff worship planning, leading worship, and preaching eight times per year. Additionally, the intern will participate in pastoral care, programming (social and educational), social action, and in the general life of the community from Coffee Hour to our annual Rummage Sale. To understand administrative and financial aspects of parish ministry, the intern will be a part of weekly staff meetings as well as monthly meetings of the Parish Committee (the elected board). The intern will meet monthly with an experienced intern committee providing support, encouragement, and guidance when needed. The position asks for 20 hours/week from mid-August 2019—mid-June 2021 (excluding summer 2020). The field education assignment is designed to meet the internship requirements of the UUA.
First Parish in Wayland is a 25-minute drive from HDS along major highways.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Administration and Program Development
- Denominational Polity
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Preaching and Worship
- Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
- Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Weekly meeting (1 hr.) between student and supervisor will provide an opportunity to assess how the experience is moving toward the agreed upon goals, to reflect theologically upon ministry and to clarify aspects of congregational life.
- Number of Students: 1
- Total Compensation: $6000.00
- Type of Compensation: Direct Pay from Site
- Additional Notes: Site is not available 2021-2022.