Wildflower Unitarian Universalist Church is seeking a local Austin part-time Pastoral Care Provider.  Wildflower is a multi-ethnic church whose congregants have many different beliefs in a multi-faith setting. This beloved community has adopted the 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism as we strive to become an anti-racist, anti-oppressive congregation.  Our mission is Growing spiritually together, spreading love, justice and joy. 

Minimum Requirements: Live in the Austin area. Some formal training in dealing with people who are grieving, have had a traumatic experience, and/or are struggling with difficult life issues. Professional or lived experience with communities of the global majority. Professional or lived experience working in intergenerational environments, inclusive of children, youth, adults, and seniors.

Hours

  • Estimated 5-6 hours a week
  • Extra hours for mutually agreed upon priorities if needed

Rate

  • $25-30/hour

Term

  • Open

Responsibilities would include but not be limited to:

  1. Providing in-person and virtual pastoral care to Wildflower members and friends.
  2. Supporting the Care team through concrete skill building, discussions, and resources.
  3. Providing regular updates to the Director of Membership and Spiritual Life and collaborating as needed.
  4. Acting as a pastoral care resource, when able, for more immediate, serious and complex situations experienced by Wildflower congregants.
  5. Offering care for the Board and Teams as needed.
  6. Attending and facilitating weekly one-hour Zoom coffee chat with Wildflowers who choose to attend.
  7. Creating a visible pastoral presence through the newsletter and attending services at least once a month to get to know congregants. 
  8. Reporting to the Board monthly.

Responsibilities could also include:

  1. Serving as a process observer at certain meetings and gatherings where a pastoral, listening and reflective presence would be helpful, such as Congregational Meetings.
  2. Offering occasional workshops or discussions on topics that would support the resilience of the Wildflower community.
  3. Leading a worship service, to be paid extra at the usual rate.
  4. Conducting a wedding or memorial, to be paid extra as agreed by the parties.

Given that this role will require some discovery to best understand the nature of the pastoral care needs of Wildflower, the above responsibilities may shift in scope and nature as priorities emerge.  These shifts will be mutually agreed upon by the Board and pastoral care provider.

Seminarians who are aspiring UU ministers should check with the UU Ministerial Credentialing Director before applying for this position.

For questions, contact personnel@wildflowerchurch.org.

To apply, fill out this form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reports to:  Wildflower Church Board of Trustees

Status:  Part-time, 20-30 hours/week

Pay:  $32,000 – $49,000 per year, depending on hours, education, and experience. Benefits included.

Start Date: Negotiable.

Overview:  The Director of Membership and Spiritual Life is an in-person position that engages with Wildflower members and the wider community to increase the church’s membership and financial sustainability.  They will also lead one or two worship services per month. 

Background:

Wildflower Unitarian Universalist Church is seeking a Director of Membership and Spiritual Life.  

Unitarian Universalism is a theologically diverse religion that encourages people to seek their own spiritual path guided by our covenantal principles. We are united in our desire to make the most of our time on earth and to side with love and justice.

Our congregants have many different beliefs. We are committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression and have adopted the 8th Principle. Our mission is “Growing spiritually together, spreading love, justice and joy!” We are a social justice based community fighting oppression in all its forms.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develops and implements a plan for growing the church’s membership, including but not limited to:
    • planning and assisting with special events;
    • connecting Wildflower with other Austin organizations;
    • expanding Wildflower’s presence in the community; and
    • collaborating with the Board, Teams, Music Director, Director of Children’s Religious Education, and Office Administrator.
  2. Leads one – two worship services per month, including but not limited to:
    • working with the Worship Team to develop monthly service themes that support Wildflower’s goals and support the spiritual engagement and growth of congregants; 
    • creating services with a sermon, hymns, readings, and Time for All Ages that fits that month’s theme and engages with Wildflower’s mission statement of growing spiritually together, spreading love, justice, and joy; 
    • connecting personally with Wildflowers after each worship service; and
    • collaborating with the Music Director and Director of Children’s Religious Education.
  3. Builds a strong team amongst, and provides spiritual guidance to, the staff. 
  4. Covenants with the Pastoral Care Chaplain and Community Minister.
  5. Provides a monthly update to the Wildflower Church Board of Trustees.

Desired Qualifications:

A good candidate will meet many of the following qualifications, but is not required to meet them all.

  • Commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, including successful outcomes that demonstrate this commitment.
  • Experience attracting and retaining people through community outreach activities and relationship building.
  • Experience with public speaking, such as leading church services or  inspirational speaking.
  • Experience writing sermons or other inspirational work.
  • Experience working with children, young families, and young adults.
  • Experience as a community organizer, minister, chaplain, educator, or in another leadership role.
  • Working knowledge of and values alignment with Unitarian Universalism.

Qualifications may be met as a result of lived experience, volunteer work, professional experience, community engagement, and/or formal or informal training.   

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

For questions, contact hiring@wildflowerchurch.org.

To apply, fill out this form.

Reports to:  Wildflower Church Board of Trustees

Status:  Part-time, 20-30 hours/week

Pay:  $32,000 – $49,000 per year, depending on hours, education, and experience.

Overview:  The Director of Membership and Spiritual Life is an in-person position that engages with Wildflower members and the wider community to increase the church’s membership and financial sustainability.  They will also lead one or two worship services per month. 

Background:

Wildflower Unitarian Universalist Church is seeking a Director of Membership and Spiritual Life.  

Unitarian Universalism is a theologically diverse religion that encourages people to seek their own spiritual path guided by our covenantal principles. We are united in our desire to make the most of our time on earth and to side with love and justice.

Our congregants have many different beliefs. We are committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression and have adopted the 8th Principle. Our mission is “Growing spiritually together, spreading love, justice and joy!” We are a social justice based community fighting oppression in all its forms.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements a plan for growing the church’s membership, including but not limited to:
  • planning and assisting with special events;
    1. connecting Wildflower with other Austin organizations;
    2. expanding Wildflower’s presence in the community; and
    3. collaborating with the Board, Teams, Music Director, Director of Children’s Religious Education, and Office Administrator.
  • Leads one – two worship services per month, including but not limited to:
    1. working with the Worship Team to develop monthly service themes that support Wildflower’s goals and support the spiritual engagement and growth of congregants; 
    2. creating services with a sermon, hymns, readings, and Time for All Ages that fits that month’s theme and engages with Wildflower’s mission statement of growing spiritually together, spreading love, justice, and joy; 
    3. connecting personally with Wildflowers after each worship service; and
    4. collaborating with the Music Director and Director of Children’s Religious Education.
  • Builds a strong team amongst, and provides spiritual guidance to, the staff. 
  • Covenants with the Pastoral Care Chaplain and Community Minister.
  • Provides a monthly update to the Wildflower Church Board of Trustees.

Desired Qualifications:

A good candidate will meet many of the following qualifications, but is not required to meet them all.

  • Commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, including successful outcomes that demonstrate this commitment.
  • Experience attracting and retaining people through community outreach activities and relationship building.
  • Experience with leading church services, including writing and delivering sermons, or similar experience, such as inspirational speaking.
  • Experience with public speaking, such as leading church services or  inspirational speaking.
  • Experience writing sermons or other inspirational work.
  • Experience working with children, young families, and young adults.
  • Experience as a community organizer, minister, chaplain, educator, or in another leadership role.
  • Working knowledge of and values alignment with Unitarian Universalism.

Qualifications may be met as a result of lived experience, volunteer work, professional experience, community engagement, and/or formal or informal training.   

To apply, fill out this form.

Tentative Schedule for Upcoming Worship Services

November 14: Multi-platform (In person and on Zoom)

November 21: Zoom only

November 28: Zoom only

December 5: Multi-platform

 

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November 14: Multi-platform (In person and on Zoom)

November 21: Zoom only

November 28: Zoom only

December 5: Multi-platform

 

Hello, I am Esmeralda. It has been an honor and privilege to work with Cathy, Tommy, Michelle, David, Laurie, and Libby. They are stellar. Sarah Skochko is an awesome person. Sarah is a great candidate that would be of outstanding benefit to Wildflower or wherever she may go. Wildflower has been a lovely spiritual home. It is time to move on from the MST, earlier than anticipated, because a truly inclusive culture doesn’t let a few people force the entire congregation or one ministerial candidate into a conversation about race framed by their particular view point.

Wildflower has room to grow in terms of centering the experiences of marginalized identities on certain matters. I have a favor to ask (on the way out, how rude.) When someone posts or references a work you find questionable, please question them publicly. It is important not just for your relationship with the person who posts but also for the Wildflowers on the sidelines. I have been disheartened by the lack of push back at harmful writing.

As a warning, I’m about to say the words white supremacy. Now you can’t tell but I am saying it out loud: WHITE SUPREMACY. I need to be at a church where I can describe my personal experiences of living within white supremacy culture without anyone clutching their pearls. Everyone is in a different place with social justice. I’m in a place where the need to feel safe and supported is paramount. I don’t feel that way at Wildflower.