Religious Education Coordinator

The First Parish in Lincoln is seeking a Religious Education Coordinator, 25 hours per week.

The First Parish in Lincoln, UUA and UCC

14 Bedford Road
P.O. Box 6218
Lincoln, MA 01773-6218
Office Phone: (781) 295-8118
Fax: (781) 259-9212
Web address: www.firstparishinlincoln.org/
Email: gertmcdermott@firstparishinlincoln.org (Ms. Gert McDermott, Church Administrator)

Applications and Inquiries:

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and references to Ms. Gert McDermott, Church Administrator, via email: gertmcdermott@firstparishinlincoln.org .  Ms. McDermott will direct applications, inquiries, and any questions to appropriate members of our search committee.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Work Setting:

Located just minutes from Walden Pond, The First Parish in Lincoln offers the right person an exciting opportunity to gain experience in a congregation that is a full member of both the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).  We are a community of approximately 350 adult members and 100 children and youth, total, with an average of 15-30 children and teens on any given Sunday.  Given our dual denominational standing, we span a wide range of theological diversity, embracing liberal Christians, Buddhists, humanists, and agnostics; our members claim affinity with more than 25 faith traditions/denominations.  As a spiritually inclusive congregation, there is strong support for each person’s individual journey as well as personal and collective spiritual growth.  We have a highly accomplished and engaged lay leadership that actively participates in nurturing the spiritual life of the community.  We are a socially engaged congregation, giving away a sizeable percentage of our annual budget in support of justice causes.  In recent years, we have been engaged in the work of justice building through immigration/border justice, racial justice, disaster and refugee relief efforts, and the environment/climate change.  We are a healthy, stable church community, with a long history of having supportive and collaborative relationships with our staff.  We invite you to explore the possibility of helping lead and coordinate our religious education program.

Scope of Responsibilities:

The Religious Education Coordinator position will be compensated at 25 hours per week.  The responsibilities for this position will include, but are not limited to:

  • Volunteer recruitment and support, with a heavy emphasis on strong, healthy, and productive ongoing communication with lay RE and youth group volunteers, using demographically appropriate methods (in person, phone, email, text, social media, etc.).
  • Timely and ongoing communication with RE and youth group families about upcoming programs and program needs.
  • Maintenance of RE and youth group spaces, materials, and resources.
  • Coordination and maintenance of accurate registration and attendance records for all RE activities and programs.
  • Implementation of RE “safe congregations” policies and other RE policies.
  • Regular monthly participation in our Youth Programs Committee (YPC), weekly participation in church staff meetings and/or supervisory meetings, and other meetings as assigned. Strong, healthy, and mutually supportive collaboration with lay volunteers and other staff is expected.
  • Regular and high quality leadership of our Sunday worship “Time for All Ages,” a brief (5 minutes or less) children’s homily, typically 3-4 Sundays a month during the September-June church year.
  • Periodic and high quality leadership of Children’s Chapel services, approximately 4 or 5 times a year.
  • Coordination of seasonal RE activities, during Halloween, Advent, Christmas, and Easter, and other holidays/special events as assigned.
  • Respect for the unique theological and historical traditions of The First Parish and a commitment to learning about and honoring that history, including but not limited to our congregation’s historical and spiritual ties to the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
  • An innovative eye towards any/all possibilities of successfully expanding the breadth of participation in our RE and youth group programs.

Required Skills/Background:

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree preferred, with a focus on religious studies desirable. An M.Div. would be ideal, but is not required.  Other backgrounds will be considered.
  • Our successful applicant must be detail-oriented and highly reliable.
  • Proficiency with basic computer, Word, spreadsheet, and communication technologies (including listserve management software and social media platforms) are essential.
  • The individual must have a warm, affable, and flexible personality, as their work and disposition represents our spiritual community to the wider world.
  • A love of people and especially children and youth should be evident through the applicant’s demeanor and work history.
  • Our successful applicant will likely need a car, as public transportation to/from Lincoln is limited.

Supervision:

  • The RE Coordinator will report directly to our Senior Minister, The Reverend Manish Mishra-Marzetti, and be expected to maintain a strong, mutually supportive, and collaborative relationship with our church’s lay-led Youth Programs Committee (YPC). Supervision will be by our Senior Minister and the work of the position will be undertaken in close collaboration and partnership with the laity.

Additional Information:

Typical hours: 25 hours per week, on average.  On a weekly basis, approximately 3 hours per Sunday (roughly 9am to 12 noon), approximately 2 hours per week in staff meetings and/or direct supervision (typically on Tuesday afternoons), and on average ½ hour per week dedicated to the monthly Youth Program Committee meeting (one 2 hour meeting, once a month).  This will leave approximately 19.5 hours per week for managing, in a prioritized manner, the other responsibilities described herein.

Salary: $40,000.00 per annum (12 month basis) plus competitive benefits, including a professional expenses budget and paid time off.

Start Date:  August 15, 2017 (tentative)

Contract terms: The position will be initially offered on a one year contract basis, subject to mutual review regarding fit and suitability.  We hope that our successful candidate would be one that we could develop a long-term relationship with.  In our ideal scenario, we foresee the opportunity to increase the hours and compensation of this position as participation in our RE and youth group programs substantially increases.

Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti

Senior Minister

Manish_cropped_smallerRev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti has over twenty years of professional experience, encompassing the fields of ministry, diplomacy, and education. In addition, he’s an accomplished student of psychology. Manish has served six Unitarian Universalist congregations in varying forms of ministry, and before that was an active lay leader and Board member at one of the denomination’s most historic churches.

Having traveled extensively throughout the world, Manish has lived in India, Oman, Finland, and for brief periods in Switzerland. This international exposure gave him the opportunity to live in countries where Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity have helped define the cultures. He brings this multi-religious appreciation to his ministry, drawing on a variety of faith traditions and other sources of inspiration in his preaching and leadership of worship.

As a former educator, Manish has a deep sense of love for our community’s children and youth, and an appreciation of how spiritual growth and development are lifelong processes for all of us. As a former diplomat, he is an accomplished preacher and an effective public spokesperson. Serving in the career that speaks most deeply to his heart, Manish brings to our congregation spiritual leadership that is dynamic, thought-provoking, and inspiring.

We hope that you will join us for Sunday worship and the opportunity to get to know our senior minister first-hand.

Kathy Cronin

Acting Director of Religious Education

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Kathy Cronin was part of the last graduating class from Rose Hawthorne High School, an all- girls parochial school, in Concord MA in 1970. Kathy then attended college in New Rochelle NY. Kathy felt her college experience was a non-plus event. She pursued a career in retail banking in Boston until a robbery occurred at her branch and a guard was killed. Realizing that money made people do crazy things, she embarked on a 20-year food service career, actually serving as the first chef at the small and intimate Lincoln Crossing, a restaurant situated next to the tracks in Lincoln. Kathy co-owned and operated a restaurant on Cape Cod, Chanterelle, and had her own catering company, Sweet Tooth on the Loose.

After the arrival of her first two boys, Kathy decided to take her apron off and pursue the teaching sector. She served as the after school program director at her children’s elementary school and taught culinary classes at a local technical High School. She became a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Brewster in 1985, served on the Religious Education Council, and taught in the Sunday school until she became the Religious Education Coordinator in 1994 and then director in 1996. She served for 14 years in this capacity until she moved to Durham, NC to take the position of Director of Lifespan Faith Development for a large UU Fellowship. After five years, she returns to Massachusetts to be closer to her aging, vibrant mother who resides on Cape Cod. Kathy has three grown sons living in and around Metro Boston and her precious dog, Finley, whom she rescued from a South Carolina kill shelter.

Mandy Beal

Student Minister

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Mandy Beal is in her final year of the Master’s of Divinity program at Andover Newton Theological School, pursuing ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Mandy was a social worker prior to entering divinity school, and has an MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin. Her career was focused on the administration of programs that helped disadvantaged adults find and maintain meaningful employment. Mandy looks forward to developing her ministerial skills at First Parish in Lincoln through leading worship and providing pastoral care, among other things. She is a progressive Christian Unitarian Universalist who is committed to social justice, liberation theology, and deep wrestling with life’s greatest questions.  Mandy lives in Jamaica Plain with her partner, Jesse, a geriatric pug, and an enormous grey cat.

Gert McDermott

Administrator

Gert McDermottGert McDermott grew up in Newtonville, the eldest child of Italian immigrants.  After high school she settled down with her husband to raise a son, and took a job with Seaside Associates, a non-profit organization in Weston.  She remained there for 11 years, assuming the role of Office Manager as the organization grew.  During that time she earned an Office Management Certificate from Mt. Ida College.

After leaving Seaside, Gert spent three years with a business in Concord before returning to the non-profit world by joining the staff of The First Parish in October 1997.  She enjoys serving the church community, and when she’s in the office, her door is always open to visitors.

As a member of the local chapter of the Association of UU Administrators, Gert has served as a co-chair and is currently the treasurer.

Gert and her husband live in the Nashoba Valley, and their son lives nearby.  She spends part of each summer touring the nation on her motorcycle, and enjoys reading, baking bread, and doing home repairs and renovations.

Ian Watson

Music Director & Organist

Ian closeup Ian Watson came to First Parish in September 2012. Trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he is a top church musician and educator, with wide-ranging experience embracing novice, advanced and professional levels. His most recent church post was the Music Director at Cathedral of St. Paul in Worcester, MA. He is also an internationally-known, dynamic, multi-faceted music professional who maintains an active performing and recording career in collaboration with major artists and ensembles as an organist, pianist, harpsichordist and conductor in both standard and historically-informed practices.

Ian is currently principal keyboard player with the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and Artistic Director of Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra. During his first year at First Parish, he initiated a concert series which has been quite successful and has increased the church’s visibility in the community.

Kathy Harvey-Ellis

Communications Coordinator

Kathy Harvey-Ellis came to First Parish in Lincoln in November 2015, following nearly two years as the Communications Director of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing associate for a performing arts school, a recruiting firm, and other companies. She lives with her family south of Boston.

Robert Peterson

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Bob is a native of Waltham and attended school there.  After leaving college he went to work for the Polaroid Corporation in the manufacturing division, joining many family members who were employed there.  He retired in 2007 after almost forty years of service.  He lives in the Cedarwood neighborhood of Waltham with his wife, a retired senior high school English teacher, his daughter, a graduate of Stonehill College, and their two cats and very spoiled dog.  In his spare time he enjoys hiking, working on projects in the house and following the seasons of our local sports teams.  As a family, the Petersons really enjoy taking cruises, exploring new places, and meeting people from all over.