By Jonathan Morgan

Sunday Fellowship Coordinator: West Concord, MA

March 15th, 2013 in Job Postings

The Sunday Fellowship Coordinator will provide primary staff leadership for West Concord Union Church’s programming, integration, and support for adults with developmental disabilities. The Coordinator is also responsible for keeping the congregation informed about adults with developmental delays and helps with advocacy efforts on behalf of this community. This position will not exceed 20 hours per month.

Areas of Responsibility

1.     Develops a vision for the Sunday Fellowship program and sets annual goals, in partnership with lay leaders, participants, and the pastor.

2.     Serves as a facilitator, worship leader, activity organizer, and spiritual caregiver for participants in Sunday Fellowship.  Spiritual care will be coordinated with the pastor.

3.     Facilitates the engagement of members of the congregation in the vision and activities of Sunday Fellowship.  Provides training and resources for the congregation as it seeks to engage with adults with developmental disabilities.  Recruits, trains, and calls meetings of volunteers as needed.

4.     Coordinates with staff and volunteers for larger events, assisting with the integration of adults with developmental disabilities.

5.     Develops and maintains strong links with community service providers for adults with developmental disabilities.  Serves as a liaison with senior staff, house managers and aides at Minute Man Arc.

6.     Communicates effectively to keep the congregation and community aware of the Sunday Fellowship program.  Encourages the engagement of new Sunday Fellowship members.

Reporting and Evaluation

The Sunday Fellowship Coordinator will work in partnership with the Discipleship Ministry, the Pastor, the congregation, and the staff at WCUC.  An annual evaluation of the Coordinator’s work will be conducted by the pastor in cooperation with the Sunday Fellowship Coordinator and the Discipleship Ministry.

We are looking for a qualified candidate from inside or outside of the congregation.  The coordinator will help enhance the spiritual life of this community and will work with the congregation,  Minute Man Arc and wider constituencies to support their spiritual well being.  The position is part-time:  20 hours a month, 10 months a year.  Ideal candidates will have spiritual leadership experience and be familiar with people with developmental disabilities.  A full job description follows.

To apply or inquire email: office@WestConcordUnionChurch.org.

Church Development Director: Indianapolis, IN

March 14th, 2013 in Job Postings

The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks a Church Development Director, a Christ-centered individual tirelessly passionate for the work of forming disciples of Jesus.

The successful candidate will understand and accept the teamwork and accountability inherent in the framework and structure of the Indiana Conference, and will competently continue the work already begun with the use of the Fruitful Congregational Journey model. The successful candidate also will understand the values of diversity and apply this understanding to working with the changing demographics of the state of Indiana. The chosen candidate will have a high capacity for dealing with complexity and competing priorities, and a high tolerance for the extensive investment of weekend and personal time in order to accomplish the mission and vision of the program.

The position holds high potential for the expression of individual initiative and innovation, and for the realization of having meaningful impact on the life of the church and the people it embraces. Applicants must have, at minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree coupled with pertinent experience that generally could not be accumulated in less than five years. Send resume and cover letter electronically to human.resources@inumc.org. Deadline April 1.

Rev. Dr. Jung Sun Oh (STH ’01)

February 27th, 2013 in Alumni/ae News

Reverend Dr. Jung Sun Oh, pastor of the Bethany First UMC Church and BU alumnus, recently published an article, “Debating is Over: Time to Act Boldly.”  It has been posted in his conference website and websites of National MFSA (Methodist Federation of Social Action) and New England Chapter MFSA.  It is also available here: Debate is Over.

In other news, Rev. Dr. Jung Sun Oh has started a website in honor of his wife and children: http://koreanonearth.com/

He is celebrating 28 years of marriage, 23 years of ministry in the US and
16 years of  theological education (MTS in Seoul Korea and Emory and Boston University)
and 26 years of my theological works.  He thanks God for his family and God’s grace.

Minister: Newton, NJ

February 6th, 2013 in Job Postings

The Baleville Congregational Christian Church is currently searching for a minister to lead a congregation of about 150 families in Sussex County, New Jersey.   Please see the link for more details:  Baleville Congregational Church

Dr. Donald Messer (STH ’66)

October 10th, 2012 in Alumni/ae News

Recently Donald Messer visited the Philippines and conducted several workshops on HIV and AIDS.  It is one of only seven countries identified by UNAIDS where HIV is increasing rapidly.  Read the story he wrote based on his experiences there, here.

Rev. Cheryl Harris (STH ’09)

October 10th, 2012 in Alumni/ae News

Reverend Cheryl Harris recently was installed as the new pastor at First Baptist Church in Attleboro.  Read about her historic welcome here.

Basil Considine (STH ’06)

October 10th, 2012 in Alumni/ae News

Basil Considine recently completed a new play: The Abortion Bomb.  It has been accepted for a theater festival in Philadelphia and you can read more about it in the press release.

Rev. Kate Wilkinson (STH ’08)

September 6th, 2012 in Alumni/ae News

Rev. Kate Wilkinson is settling in as the new minister at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Provincetown, MA.  She comes to Provincetown after serving as a community minister at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry in Roxbury. Prior to that, she was a ministerial intern at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills, a hospital chaplain, and a social action coordinator for the Mass Bay District UU Churches.

Dr. Richard Malone (STH ’81)

September 6th, 2012 in Alumni/ae News

Here’s a new article about Bishop Richard Malone and the work he has done in Portland, Maine.  Find the article here.

Rev. John C. Brink (STH ’08)

September 6th, 2012 in Alumni/ae News

Rev. John C. Brink has been named the new senior pastor at Dennis Union Church.  For more information about the journey that brought him to this position, check out this wonderful article about his new appointment.