First Parish of Watertown, MA seeks an experienced Interim Religious Education Director for 25 hours a week beginning September 2022 through mid-June 2023, extendable to the next church year.
First Parish of Watertown enthusiastically welcomed our new Minister in the fall of 2021. Now, following the end of eleven years of service from our previous DRE, we seek a skilled youth educator to manage our thriving nursery – grade 12 program and help guide us through the process of defining and envisioning RE for our children, youth, teens and families as we emerge from the pandemic. Our ideal candidate should be experienced at delivering youth programs and bring enthusiasm and creativity to the process of educating our youth in the context of Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles and anti-bias, anti-racism and LGBTQIA+ perspectives.
The Interim Religious Education Director will manage our nursery – grade 12 program as well as assist leadership in assessing the current program for strengths and “growing edges” with an eye to determine a course of action going forward. The interim DRE will be experienced at working with families and leadership to assess the RE program and identify the key issues and priorities which need to be addressed before a permanent person is hired into this role. The Interim DRE, in collaboration with the RE committee, is responsible for week-to-week operation of our nursery – grade 12 programs including weekly spiritual exploration classes, milestone ceremonies and OWL (lifespan sexuality training). Opportunities to deliver Time for All Ages (messages from the pulpit oriented toward children) are welcomed.
First Parish of Watertown is a theologically diverse community and is one of the oldest congregations in North America. Together we strive to build community, promote spiritual growth and connection, preserve our living earth and pursue social justice and antiracism work. We recently adopted the UU 8th principle and are beginning the work to accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.
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