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Ministerial Credentialing Director, Rev. David Pettee

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Name of Site First Unitarian Society
Madison, WI
Address 900 University Bay Drive
Madison, WI 53705  
Phone 6082339774 
Fax 6082336079 
Site E-mail Address 
Size of Congregation 1400 
Supervisor Name Revs. Kelly Crocker and Doug Wadkins 
Supervisor Phone 6082339774 x112 
Supervisor E-mail 
Informational Contact Name Ann Gullickson, Intern Ministry Team 
Informational Contact Phone 608-338-3478 
Informational Contact E-mail 
Focus Parish 
Fulltime/Parttime Full Time 
Compensation $1700 
Other Benefits Single person health coverage, professional expense line. Extra income may be generated through supply preaching at nearby UU churches and honororia from rites of passage. 
Number of Months 10 
Start Date/End Date August 1, 2020  May 30, 2021 
Site Description The congregation of the First Unitarian Society of Madison has a long and distinguished history dating back to 1879. The congregation occupies the national landmark Frank Lloyd Wright Meeting House. A major expansion in 2008 doubled the size of our facility. The Atrium addition received a LEED Gold rating, and is one of Wisconsin’s “greenest” buildings. The First Unitarian Society is served by more than a dozen full-time program and administrative staff and a number of part-time employees. During the school year, September – May, we hold three worship services each weekend (Saturday at 4:30 pm, Sunday at 9 and 11 am). On Memorial Day we switch to our summer schedule of one 10 am Sunday service. During the year, our Children’s Religious Education program occurs concurrently during all three services. FUS has an exceptional music program, with two adult choirs and three children’s choirs, and access to accomplished musicians from the community and University. Along with a religious education program that has 400 children, we offer a rich array of opportunities for the religious and spiritual development of teens, college-age students, adults, and elders. The congregation will be in search for their next settled minister in the 2020-2021 year and it will be a very engaging and important time in the congregation with much opportunity for meaningful exploration in worship and religious education as we inquire into the sense of calling within the congregation for the coming years. It will also give the intern an up close perspective on the process of selecting a ministerial candidate and how a candidating week happens within a congregation. In addition to sharing the weekly offering with 20-30 non-profit organizations each year, First Unitarian Society is an active partner with other faith communities to address such issues as racial inequity, immigration reform, prison reform, homelessness, eviction, and more. Our current ministers work as a collaborative team, along with our Executive Director. They each have their own portfolio and work together on many areas of parish life: worship, membership, communication, finance, facilities. The intern would likely have the opportunity to attend the Southeast WI UU Ministers Cluster as well as the fall Central Midwest Clergy Intensive held in Racine, WI.  
Job Description Job Description The intern will have the opportunity to experience full immersion in parish ministry in a large church setting during a unique time in the congregation’s history. In addition to weekly supervisory meetings, the intern will prepare and lead monthly weekend worship services and participate in collaborative services each month that introduce our monthly theme. The intern will be responsible for one adult education classes each semester, and lead newcomer orientation sessions as available. The intern will have the opportunity to provide pastoral care and receive training in prenuptial counseling and rites of passage. Writing assignments will include monthly newsletter columns and the production of liturgical materials, as well as sermons. In collaboration with the ministers, the intern will assist with our elder ministries at a local retirement community, the campus ministry program, and other groups as interested and able. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and ready to jump into the energy and vitality of a large congregation. With the opportunity to work together with the Interim Senior Minister, Minister of Congregational Life, Executive Director, and the program and administrative staff, the intern will experience the collegiality that is a necessary foundation for ministry. The intern will be supported by the Ministerial Internship Ministry Team, comprised of lay members of the congregation with a range of interests and experiences, providing the intern with caring and attentive feedback and support. The intern will attend monthly Board of Trustee meetings, weekly staff meetings and other program and administrative meetings agreed upon in the Learning and Serving document.  
Site Accessibility Fully Accessible 
Application Procedure Email the following materials to Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life, (1) A letter of interest, including your goals for your ministerial internship and how you believe an internship with us would address these goals. (2) Resume of relevant education and experience. (3) List of references, including name, relationship to you, phone number, e-mail address, and physical address. (4) two or three written sermons. (5) A 3-5 page biographical essay.  
Additional Notes  
Application Deadline Open until filled 
Selection Date Open 

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