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Name of Site Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
Walnut Creek, CA
Address 55 Eckley Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94596  
Phone 925-934-3135 
Website http://www.mduuc.org 
Site E-mail Address leslie@mduuc.org 
Size of Congregation 488 
Supervisor Name Leslie Takahashi 
Supervisor Phone 925-934-3135 
Supervisor E-mail leslie@mduuc.org 
Informational Contact Name Leslie Takahashi 
Informational Contact Phone 925-914-7373 
Informational Contact E-mail leslie@mduuc.org 
Focus Ministry within congregation/community 
Fulltime/Parttime Full Time 
Compensation $3500/month 
Other Benefits Health insurance and paid vacation are also included. Paid holidays.  
Number of Months 10 
Start Date/End Date August 15, 2024  June 20, 2025 
Site Description MDUUC is a vibrant, engaged congregation operating both in person, on-line and in an extensive hybrid context. We average 200plus at worship, a full religious education program, and maintain an active calendar that can be viewed at our website. We also have a Faith without walls initiative that works to provide accompaniment to unhoused people and others with extreme need in our community. Services, sermons, and more can be found at www.mduuc.org. 
Job Description This is a parish/community internship, centered in congregational life AND allowing significant interaction in community chaplaincy to those living houseless. We have an active pastoral care program, continued successful membership outreach and a vibrant social justice program in a spiritually nourishing natural setting. The congregation has a commitment to anti-oppression, climate action and remaining a multi-generational space. Opportunity to work with a dynamic staff team which includes Rev. Rodney Lemery as our Associate Minister.  
Site Accessibility All the buildings are wheelchair accessible. 
Application Procedure Please submit a cover letter detailing why this internship fits within your professional plans and a resume or other description of your work and life experiences to date..Also include two sermons you have delivered or other materials related to a chaplaincy and three references. Email to leslie@mduuc.org and put "2024 Internship" in the memo line. (Please note that if you do not so thi, your email may not be seen!) 
Additional Notes Over 50 people have interned or done other forms of student ministry at MDUUC and we are restarting the internship because of a bequest which allows us to offer more to offset high cost of living. We are thrilled to be offering the Sonja Christopher Internship for the first time in 2024-25! (This is also offset by our inclusion of health insurance.) Our members celebrate being a teaching congregation and are eager to serve as a member of the Intern's committee. If a particular identity is important to an intern, we are committed to providing education on that identity before the intern's start date.  
Application Deadline December 1, 2023 
Selection Date January 15, 2024