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Ordination

Unitarian Universalist ordination is open to men and women, heterosexual and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, and people of many different abilities. We also welcome ministers with multiple faith paths.

Because of the diversity of belief within Unitarian Universalism, our ministers undergo a great deal of training before being ordained. The road to Unitarian Universalist ministry almost always includes a Masters of Divinity degree from an approved school, a ministerial internship, many interviews, and final approval from the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC).

The MFC officially approves (fellowships) ministers for Unitarian Universalist ordination, but it is individual congregations, not the Unitarian Universalist Association or the MFC, that vote to ordain candidates. Although it is very rare, our congregations do sometimes ordain and/or hire a minister who has not been granted ministerial fellowship. Each congregation has the authority to choose its own leaders.

Please note that sponsorship by a Unitarian Universalist congregation and a significant involvement with our faith are required to advance in the ministerial credentialing process. We encourage people new to our faith to first become involved in their local congregation before pursuing ministry.

For more information contact mco @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Friday, January 17, 2014.

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