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Minister for Congregational & Community Engagement, Application Close Date: March 21, 2017 

Ministry Team Justice and Witness Ministries/Education for Faithful Action  
Reports To Executive for Administration and Communication  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 8  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary  

GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION:     The Minister for Congregational & Community Engagement will use their working knowledge of Intersectional theory to develop a strategic approach and curriculum for culturally divided settings of the United Church of Christ. Intersectional theory is the study of overlapping social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination.  A term originally coined by civil rights activist and leading scholar, Dr. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, intersectionality suggest that classical conceptualizations of oppression within society do not act independently of each other but rather interrelate to create systems of oppression.




  • Develop a comprehensive and strategic approach and curricula, inclusive of short-term and long-term plans, for culturally homogenous or culturally divided settings of the United Church of Christ to encounter and process complex realities in the context of the scripturally based, progressive theology and justice commitments of the UCC.


  • Embody the resources, curriculum and work of JWM in art, worship and liturgy resources for the local setting. 


  • Utilize current library of resources and curriculums around specific issues and mobilize them through diverse media and cultural platforms.


  • Visit multiracial/multicultural communities, activists and resistance communities and create contextualized worship, liturgy and creative advocacy resources.


  • Build community and resilience through celebration, beauty and creativity.


  • Build creative partnerships across all church settings and ecumenically for creative direct action around specific advocacy campaigns.


  • Represent JWM and the national setting of the UCC in all settings of the UCC, ecumenically, and in interfaith settings as appropriately related to this portfolio.


  • Build on the justice resources and curriculums of JWM, supporting white people in finding their agency in the struggle to dismantle white supremacy and use social location to leverage change.


  • Collaborate with organizers and trainers to make trainings, gatherings and workshops dynamic and creative.


Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform successfully in this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, graduate degree highly preferred.


  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the United Church of Christ, its history and polity especially its commitment to prophetic ministry in the church and society.


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in race conscious work.


  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including some forms of published thought.


  • Demonstrated skills in social and cultural analysis, particularly in the area of intersectionality.


  • Ability to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious settings with a demonstrated commitment to pluralism in the workplace. 


  • Demonstrated written and verbal language skills in English including teaching and public speaking. Multilingual candidates will be given preference.


  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively.


  • Ability and willingness to travel as necessary.


This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the ministry. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder’s responsibility.

It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the UCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the UCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.


The United Church of Christ National Ministries is a Multicultural, Multiracial, Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, Equal Opportunity Employer.


Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid health, dental, life and pension benefits  
Application Deadline March 21, 2017  
About the Organization The United Church of Christ

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We believe in Extravagant Welcome

We believe the church's mission is to Change Lives


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