Ministry of Justice and Compassion
At Hope Central Church, we believe God’s peace and justice are intimately connected with our faith and our lives together. We have been called to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and imprisoned. We believe justice is prophetic, relational, active, and always challenging us – as individuals and society – to become what God is calling us to become.
Here is just a sampling of our Justice Ministries:
Giving away 10% of our plate offering and pledges to Boston Faith and Justice Network, Campaign for Southern Equality, GBIO, St. Paul’s Clinic in Kenya, City Mission Society, Mass Council of Churches, Mark Johnston DOC GLAD Alliance, Fast Track Grants, Pastor’s Fast Track Grants, DOC and UCC Global Ministries.
Giving away 10% of our rental and parking spaces to community groups.
Providing reduced rent space to our sister congregation, Iglesia Hispana, a mission church of the United Church of Christ, by being a community center for Integrarte — a dance and movement school and studio, 12 step groups, theatre, orchestra, opera troupes, and choirs, a transgender support group, and kids’ play groups.
Participating in the work of refuge and respite for a congregation that already participates in the community doing racial justice, social activism, social work, medical care, church work, and the work of living in the world as a poor person, a person of color, a mentally ill person, a GLBT person.
Teaching compassion, vulnerability and resilience by teaching how to care for the material and pastoral needs of our congregation’s members.
Teaching Leadership using our spiritual gifts, fulfilling out spiritual purposes for the mission of the church: Making ultimate meaning, moving toward the Heart of God, and repairing the world.
Providing Fast Track Grants (see below for more information and Fast Track Application) to Covenant Partners to grant community members and agencies for the purpose of Justice and Compassion.
Fast-track grants are an expression of the richness and diversity of Hope Central Church’s justice commitments, and a way to support and encourage participation in God’s peace and justice. If you are a Hope Central Church Covenant Partner (anyone who has joined the church), Hope Central Church wants to support a cause that matters to you. Our fast-track grant program provides a quick and easy process for requesting a grant (of up to $250) for justice work. A grant may support a nonprofit organization, contribute to an event or activity, or provide help to someone in need. To apply for a grant, complete a Fast Track Grant Application.
At Hope Central Church, we believe the point of Christian life is not just going to church, but “being church” in our everyday lives, and so we are working hard to develop a network of vibrant, engaging small groups. The idea of small groups is that they can gather just about anywhere, and do just about anything: study the bible, create art, watch movies, eat together, explore spiritual practices, write poetry, take hikes, play music, etc. The content and venue may vary, but the purpose is the same: to gather together to share life, tell stories, pray, serve, and grow deeper into a life of faith.
Here are some of the small groups that are currently or periodically active. All are open to newcomers. We encourage you to contact the church office for information for any group that might interest you.
Pick Up Choir: Everyone is welcome to join our choir.
Ukulele Choir: Meets every Wednesday Evening to practice and learn new songs and skills.
Women of Hope: All who identify as women are welcome to participate after services on the first Sunday of each month.
Community Dinners: On hold during Covid 19, but will be hosting again when safe to do so.
In Discernment for Ordination
Our congregation is blessed with the spiritual work of raising up and supporting individuals for ministry. We are blessed as many seek to deepen their own sense of the divine through practice and service to the congregation, the neighborhood and the world. Some of these individuals seek to do service as ordained ministers in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or the United Church of Christ.
The following are our current candidates for Ordination. We ask you to pray for them and all who seek to rely on God for life and purpose.
Yara González-Justiniano, originally from Puerto Rico, is currently Under Care with the Christian Church (DOC). Yara received her PhD in the field of practical theology at Boston University. She sees her pastoral call to ministry as one that goes hand in hand with a theological education that seeks justice and human flourishing.
Susan Clinkenbeard (UCC) received her Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology in 2020. She is currently serving as lay minister at the Fitzwilliam Community Church in Fitzwilliam, NH. She held student minister positions at the First Congregational Church in Milton, MA and Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington, MA, and did her chaplaincy internship at Hebrew Senior Life in Roslindale, MA. Susan holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. Her interests include a summer camp for girls where she works as a counselor in a special program for bereaved children, and pastoral care for the elderly. She enjoys reading, singing, music of all kinds, cooking, and BBC mysteries.
To support these individuals, Hope Central has a Discernment for Ordination Team and support group. Individuals seeking to answer the call to ordained ministry must:
be a Hope Central Church Covenant Partner for at least one year
be accepted into Hope Central’s process by the Discernment Team, and meet with them regularly
participate in the support group
engage in a pastoral relationship with Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett
participate in the life of the church
complete the process for ordination as required by the New England Area of the Northeastern Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or the Metropolitan Boston Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ
Hope Central’s Discernment for Ordination Team and pastor represent the body of Hope Central Church in formulating the recommendation of one of its members in the process of ordination in either the United Church of Christ or The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination. The team is comprised of both ordained and lay members of the Church who are committed to support and endorse candidates who fully understand their call and are prepared and able to carry out the work God has called them to do.
The team meets with each candidate at least two times per year. These meetings are structured to question, support, challenge, bless, and love the candidate at each phase of the discernment and ordination process.
By participating in the support group, candidates for ordination form collegial bonds, learning from each others’ experience about ordaining organizations, service leadership, field education placements, confidentiality, sabbath, and boundaries, each one teaching one.
In past years, our community has ordained:
Ash Temin (DOC 5/3/2020)
Linday Popperson (UCC 10/17/19)
Seth Peter Robinson (UCC 11/18/18)
Alex Shea Will (UCC 9/27/15)
Mary Eaton (DoC 8/30/15)
Nina Swift (DoC 7/12/15)
Benjamin Perkins (DoC, 6/21/15)
Nanette Pitt Savides (UCC, 10/13/13)
M. Lance Wiser (DoC, 5/19/13)
Bruce Baker-Rooks (DoC, 5/12/13)
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (UCC, 2/19/12)
Christine Evans (DoC, 12/11/11)
Laura Everett (UCC, 6/5/11)
Sarah and Andrew Taylor-Peck (DoC, 5/15/11)
Rebecca Anderson (DoC, 5/7/11)
John Brock (DoC, 3/13/11)
Kevin Baker-Rooks (DoC, 11/28/10)
Bob Brown (UCC, 11/21/10)
Mark Longhurst (DoC, 10/18/09)
Melissa Kreider (UCC, 10/4/09)
Kent French (UCC, 2/8/09)
JC Mitchell (DoC, 5/18/08)
Laura Ruth Jarrett (UCC, 4/6/08)
Chris Waldron (UCC, 4/6/08)
Tadd Allman-Morton (UCC, 1/12/08)
Steven Savides (DoC, 5/21/06)