Careers and Callings in Unitarian Universalism
Military ministry is one way that we “show up” as Unitarian Universalist ministers called to serve the greater world. The following recommendations are made to help support those called to this form of military ministry in a Reserve or Guard capacity, while also serving a UU congregation or institution.
There can be great benefits for ministers serving as military chaplains, as well as for the congregations/institutions in which they serve. For smaller congregations, hiring or calling a Reservist or Guard member may allow them to have “more ministry” than they would ordinarily be able to afford; for institutions other than congregations, this can provide them with a minister who is connected more deeply with the needs and dreams of young adults, thereby increasing the “beyond” nature of the institution’s outreach. The UU Ministers Association also benefits from having ministers engaged in reserve and guard duty, as it provides education and experience within a multicultural context, and spreads our message beyond congregational walls. Our military chaplains also help Unitarian Universalism engage more deeply with military service members, their families as well as Veterans.
The provisions of USERRA, the law that protects the employment of reservists and guard members, does not apply to religious organizations. However, the UUA and UU Ministers Association believe it is important to offer similar protections and support to our UU ministers who serve our nation in this important way.
- History of UUA Task Forces (2000-2016) on Misconduct and Sexual Health, and Institutional Response a Collegial Letter in Response to the 2016 Berry Street Lecture at the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Ministry Days, Columbus, OH
- Report on the Economic Sustainability of Ministries Summit convened in St. Louis MO, June 3-5, 2015.
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Professionals in Ministries and Faith Development
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- Ministers (including Ministerial Transitions and Military Chaplaincy)
- Music Leaders
- Religious Educators (including Religious Educator Transitions)
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