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Assistant Professor, Theology or Practical Theology
- Description: Chicago Theological Seminary invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Theology and/or Practical Theology to begin July 1, 2015. The seminary welcomes applicants who engage in interdisciplinary work, and integrate theology and practice. Ph.D. required. Knowledge of one or more religious traditions in addition to Christianity, and commitment to interreligious engagement, are desirable. Applications from scholars with strengths in the areas of mujerista, feminist, womanist, and queer approaches to religion and society are encouraged. Applicants should share the seminary’s historic commitments to social justice and the care of persons, and be able to teach in six degree programs (MA, MARL, M.Div., STM, D.Min., Ph.D.) with several concentrations. The successful candidate will have a scholarly trajectory and be committed to developing a professional profile that includes publication.
Pastor, Cosmopolitan Community Church (Chicago, IL)
- Organization Description: Cosmopolitan is a historic church established in 1923 under the leadership of the late Dr. John Russell Harvey. The Church has been led by three outstanding spiritual leaders; The late Dr. John Russell Harvey (1923-1932), the late Dr. Mary G. Evans (1932-1966), and Rev. Dr. Henry O. Hardy (1967-2014). The church has historically been involved in the spiritual growth and civic development of the local community. Cosmopolitan has consistently been a pillar in the urban landscape for over 90 years. We have approximately 300 members /200 Active, 60% Seniors.
- Job Requirements: Cosmopolitan Community Church is actively seeking and accepting resumes for the position of Pastor. The Rev. Henry O. Hardy has served our congregation victoriously for 47 years. He became Shepherd at his early age of 30 yrs young and at the blessed life of 77 years old he has retired and became, Pastor Emeritus in 2015.
We seek a servant Pastor with a shepherds heart to serve our congregation with compassion, a generosity of kindness of spirit. One who believes in the Trinity, the full deity and humanity of Christ, being connected to the spiritual lostness of the human race skilled with the authority and inerrancy of Scripture. One who has administrative savvy as well as interpersonal skills when communicating with church laity. A compassion for the sick and elderly, children, one who is able to build up our youth ministry.
- Qualifications: Advance degree, ministerial experience, talent to Preach and understands African American people and their spiritual roots.
- Contact: Patricia Crenshaw
Attn: Pastoral Search Committee
P.O. Box 805771
Chicago, IL 60680
- Application Instructions: Qualified and interested candidates should mail resumes: Cosmopolitan's P.O. Box 805771, Attn: Pastoral Search Committee, Chicago, IL 60680, (application are now being taken and reviewed for trial sermons in April). Out of State applicants, expenses will not be paid unless considered as a finalist. Please do NOT call the Church, you may email or contact Patricia Crenshaw at the contact information above.
Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
- Organization Description: Wellesley College was founded in 1870 by Henry and Pauline Durant, who were passionate about the higher education of women. Wellesley College has developed from a nascent institution into a vibrant academic community built upon a strong liberal arts foundation. “Not to be ministered unto but to minister,” proclaims Wellesley’s motto, capturing in four Latin words the College’s mission: To provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. The world’s preeminent college for women, Wellesley is known for intellectual rigor, its belief in the enduring importance of service (and putting that belief into practice), and its cultivation in students of an inclusive, pragmatic approach to leadership. At Wellesley women learn from one another to promote collaboration, create understanding, build community, and support the advancement of social justice and equity on campus and beyond. Wellesley students come from all over the world. Many religions are practiced on campus, many languages spoken, many traditions celebrated.
- Website: www.wellesley.edu/religiouslife
- Job Description: Wellesley College seeks a dynamic leader of its nationally recognized religious and spiritual life program. Over the past two decades Wellesley College has built a national profile in multifaith work through its Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. The new Dean will build on the program’s strong multifaith foundation, enlarge the multifaith mission of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and further broaden and deepen our students’ connection between intellectual life and religious and spiritual learning in their residential campus, community, and beyond. The Dean of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life reports to the Dean of Students, is an active member of the Division of Student Life, and serves on the Dean of Student’s cabinet. The Dean also serves on the Emergency Response Team of the College. The Dean provides strategic leadership, vision and management to Wellesley College’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Additionally the Dean will:
• Support and coordinate the 25 different student religious groups recognized by the College served by 8 chaplains, part-time religious life advisors, and affiliated campus ministers.
• Lead the Religious Life Team of chaplains, advisors and administrative staff as a collective, as well as supervise and mentor them individually.
• In partnership with the advisors and chaplains provide oversight of the student multifaith leadership program.
• Serve as the head Chaplain to the community, the facilitator of multifaith dialogue and programming, an advocate for the relationship of spiritual life and service, and a leader in growing religious diversity at the College.
Criteria for the Successful Candidate
The College is seeking a professional with desire, energy, and passion for the place of religion and spirituality in modern life. The position requires a leader with strategic vision, outstanding communications skills, excellent supervisory and managerial skills. Additionally, the successful candidate will also:
• Be an able catalyst for enriching the religious and spiritual presence at Wellesley, and a public figure who invites exploring the ways spiritual commitments may serve to advance human wellbeing.
• Be an outstanding educator, committed to women’s education and leadership, in both formal and informal settings.
• Serve as a catalyst and team leader who can serve in a collaborative environment within the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life as well as be an exemplar for the Office to the broader campus community including students, faculty, administration and alumnae.
• Be an approachable, accessible, non-judgmental, calm, and open-minded facilitative leader who empowers and enables chaplains and advisors to respond to diverse student needs, and who models these qualities, along with a spirit of service, for students.
• Have pastoral sensitivity, theological depth, intellectual power, and a demonstrated leadership in a particular religious tradition, as well as a successful record of work in college or university setting.
• Possess a broad understanding of the world’s faith traditions, be knowledgeable about other cultures and religious traditions, and be able to apply that understanding in Wellesley’s diverse environment.
• Be able to reach out and enlist all members and constituency groups of the Wellesley College community and work effectively across the campus and in the broader community.
• Be a talented public speaker, able to articulate and promote the mission, vision and values not only of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life but also of Wellesley.
• Have an interest in and knowledge of social media that will increase the power of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life to engage ever more broadly the diverse constituencies of Wellesley.
• Be committed to social justice and serve as a role model to the entire College community as a leader who promotes understanding that social justice is not only through words, but, more importantly, through relationships and deeds.
• Possess impeccable integrity, creativity and a sense of humor.
• Work effectively with students, one-to-one as well as in homogeneous and heterogeneous groups, offering spiritual, religious component to students’ lives both on and off campus.
• Be the community-oriented spiritual leader, moral compass and heart of Wellesley College who calls all to their better selves.
- Qualifications: The ideal candidate must have experience in programming for students and the larger intellectual and multifaith community, pastoral and theological depth, the ability to form appropriate and caring relationships with a wide variety of students and campus community members, maturity, and exquisite skills in all manner of modern communication. The position requires an accredited M.Div., or equivalent training in religious leadership; ordination when possible, and extensive relevant experience. A terminal degree such as a Ph. D. is desirable. Understanding of the culture of a college/university and the nature of campus ministry is essential.
Wellesley College is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body. It welcomes applicants from underrepresented groups.
- Contact: David Mersky
- Application Instructions: If you, or someone you know, might be a suitable candidate for this unique position, please forward, in confidence, the person’s name, cover letter stating a philosophy of multifaith chaplaincy, resume, salary requirements and contact information to David A. Mersky via email. Screening of applications will begin immediately, with the goal of an announcement in late spring and assumption of duties during the summer of 2015.
- Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
Senior Minister, First Congregational Church (Akron, OH)
- Organization Description: 181-year-old church in inner city Akron dedicated to serving the community. We have been in our current building, recently restored, for more than 100 years. We have decided, as a congregation, to remain here instead of moving to the suburbs. We have a garden that supplies fresh produce to our 27-year-old Food Cupboard. We sponsor live arts and music events, winter meals for the homeless, and are an important member of the local interfaith council. We have recently gone through a discernment process, and look to move forward, using our history as a progressive congregation to serve the neighborhood, the Akron community and the wider world.
- Website: http://www.akronfcc.org
- Job Requirements: Working with the Moderator and the Governing Board, the senior minister will have supervision of staff, responsibility for preaching and leading worship, pastoral care (direct or supervision), and leading a theologically independent and spiritually diverse congregation.
- Qualifications: At least one if not more advanced degrees. Excellent preaching in both style and content. Ability to work collaboratively, to inspire lay members to active roles in the community and to become an integral part of the immediate neighborhood, the wider community and the interfaith council.
- Contact: Ellsworth Poole
1037 Jefferson Ave.
Akron, OH 44302
- Application Instructions: We have profiles on file with the United Church of Christ and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. One will be emailed to the candidate if needed. Please send resume, links to sermon videos and all pertinent information to our Corresponding Secretary Ellsworth Poole. While we are eager to fill the position, we are willing to wait until either we find the right candidate or the candidate finds us.
Chaplain, United States Navy
- Description: The ability to minister outside of the conventional setting. The chance to interact with members of diverse faith
groups. The opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of individuals on a regular basis. These are some of the things that make the work of Navy Chaplains so rewarding and so unique. The Navy Chaplain Corps is made up of over 800 Navy Chaplains. Chaplains confirm more than 100 different faith groups currently represented (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and many others). Each Chaplain is also a Navy Officer – meaning each holds an important leadership role. Together, Navy Chaplains enable the free practice of religion for all the Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve. But their impact goes far beyond the mere exercise of religion.
- Website: www.navy.com/careers/chaplain-support/chaplain.html#ft-key-responsibilities
- Job Requirements: As a Navy Chaplain, you will nurture the spiritual well-being of those around you. Living with them. Working with them. Eating with them. Praying with them. Understanding their needs and challenges like no one else – in a ministry that is truly 24/7. In this role, you will offer everything from faith leadership to personal advice to much-needed solace. Using your own faith to prop up others. Expanding the depth and reach of your ministry. All while living up to the guiding principles of the Chaplain Mission:
• Providing religious ministry and support to those of your own faith
• Facilitating the religious requirements of those from all faiths
• Caring for all servicemembers and their families, including those subscribing to no specific faith
• Advising the command to ensure the free exercise of religion
As a Navy Chaplain, you will be the one servicemembers seek when they need someone to listen or someone to guide them. You will be a trusted outlet when they struggle with personal issues or search for answers at crucial moments in their lives. And often, you will be the constant support for young people away from home for the first time. The job of a Chaplain spans a broad range of duties and a great diversity of backgrounds. It involves seeing people through some of their most joyful moments to their most personally challenging, and it could include any of these responsibilities:
• Conduct worship services in a variety of settings
• Perform religious rites and ceremonies such as weddings, funeral services and baptisms
• Counsel individuals who seek guidance
• Oversee religious education programs, such as Sunday school and youth groups
• Visit and provide spiritual guidance and care to hospitalized personnel and/or their family members
• Train lay leaders who conduct religious education programs
• Promote attendance at religious services, retreats and conferences
• Advise leaders at all levels regarding morale, ethics and spiritual well-being
- Qualifications: To be eligible to become a Navy Chaplain, you must:
• Be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age and be able to complete 20 years of service before age 62
• Meet certain medical and physical fitness standards
• Hold a BA or BS degree with not less than 120 semester hours from a qualified educational institution; and hold a post-baccalaureate graduate degree with not less than 72 semester hours in theological or related studies
• Hold an ecclesiastical endorsement from a religious faith organization registered with the Department of Defense (DOD)
Note that qualifications for part-time service as a Chaplain in the Navy Reserve may vary. Contact an Officer Recruiter for details.
- Contact: Lt. Joseph Steele
- Application Instructions: Please contact the recruiter with the provided email address if you are interested or have any questions about the USN Chaplain program.
Part-Time Church Organist, First United Methodist Church (La Grange, IL)
- Website: www.fumclg.org
- Job Requirements: Part- time organist position at the First United Methodist Church of La Grange, a Chicago suburb. Salaried position with no benefits. 30 Rank, 2-manual Moller. Provide music for weekly Sunday morning and special services. Also accompanying adult and children’s choir in rehearsals and in worship. Additional income possible from teaching, weddings and funerals.
- Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in music or comparable organist training plus church music experience required. Compensation commensurate with education/training and experience.
- Contact: Jan Bondiman
100 W Cossitt Ave
La Grange, IL 60525
- Application Instructions: Please send resume to the email above.
Chaplain Candidate, United States Navy
- Description: If you’re in the process of starting or completing your graduate theological degree, you can potentially enter the Navy Chaplain Candidate Program as a student. Through this program, you can be commissioned as a Navy Officer while you finish your theological studies at an accredited seminary or graduate school. The Navy Chaplain Candidate Program is a chance for seminary students to see real Navy Chaplains at work. You’ll be exposed to the challenges and rewards of working in the diverse situations that the Navy has to offer. Students may have on-the-job training wherever Navy Chaplains serve – at sea, at home or overseas. As a Chaplain Candidate, you’ll wear the uniform and receive pay and benefits while on your annual training and not in school. You will truly get to experience what it is to serve as a Navy Chaplain. You’ll know for certain what this incredible experience is like and how it affects the men and women of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.
- Website: www.navy.com/dam/Navy/Navy-IMG/Downloads/pdf/officer/Chaplain-Candidate-Program-Brochure.pdf
- Job Description: Navy Chaplains nurture the spiritual well-being of the men and women around them. Because you live, work, eat and pray together , you come to know the needs and challenges of your ministry like no one else. And you’ll get the chance to interact with members of many faith groups. In this role you will:
• Provide religious ministry and support
• Facilitate religious requirements of those from all faiths
• Care for all service members and their families
• Advise the command on issues of morale and culture
Serving God and Country
When you’re deployed, you’ll be immersed in the daily lives of Navy personnel. Serving God. Serving country. Serving faithfully alongside your congregation. In what can be best described as a ministry of presence, you will be there to offer guidance and insight in the moment, whenever you’re needed. At times, this will involve ministering to group audiences in a scheduled worship setting. But often, this will involve ministering to individuals on a very personal level. Under these circumstances, you’ll have the ability to build meaningful relationships and to become a trusted adviser. Where you fulfill your higher calling could be anywhere on land or at sea. You could be presiding over religious ceremonies on a base. Conducting services from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Or even performing baptisms somewhere in the middle of the desert. Your job as a Navy Chaplain could literally take you anywhere in the world.
- Qualifications: To become a Navy Chaplain you must:
• Be a U.S. citizen and be at least 21 years of age and be able to complete 20 years of service before the age of 62
• Meet certain medical and physical fitness standards
• Hold a BA or BS degree with not less than 120 semester hours from a qualified educational institution; and hold a post-baccalaureate graduate degree of not less than 72 semester hours in theological or related studies
• Hold an ecclesiastical endorsement from a religious faith organization registered with the Department of Defense (DOD)
If you meet those requirements, you will then complete 84 days of training. This begins at Officer Development School and ends with Navy Chaplain School, where you’ll undergo a basic orientation course before receiving job placement. For those who are entering or attending graduate school, Chaplain Candidate School is available.
- Contact: Lt. Joseph Steele
- Application Instructions: If you are interested in this program or would like more information please use the provided link or contact the recruiter using the email or number provided.
Summer Student Pastor, Venice United Church of Christ (Venice, FL)
- Organization Description: We are a 200 member congregation of the United Church of Christ offering an opportunity to practice church ministry for 12 weeks while our pastor is away on a sabbatical. We are a retirement community on the west coast of Florida, just south of Sarasota.
- Website: www.VeniceUCC.org
- Job Requirements: Summer Pastor will practice all aspects of church ministry, being involved with all aspects of our church leadership, worship, and pastoral care. Celebration of the sacraments will be practiced by being licensed through the Florida Conference UCC, with supervision by our Leadership Council.
- Qualifications: Completion of at least 2years of an MDiv program in a UCC accredited seminary. Currently a Member in Discernment of the UCC, or similar standing in another denomination. Successful completions of the requirements of Licensed Minister in the Florida Conference. Strong academic achievement, excellence in communication, maturity, and integrity of faith and ethics. Must have own automobile transportation (mileage allowance will be provided).
- Contact: The Rev. Donald Wilson
620 Shamrock Blvd
Venice, FL 34293
- Application Instructions: Initial contact by phone and/or email, followed by resume and three references.
- Application Deadline: February 25, 2015