While each congregation has the right to ordain anyone it chooses, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association discourage the ordination of those who have not had academic and practical training provided by an accredited theological school, and who have not been welcomed into preliminary fellowship. How a congregation determines whom they will ordain is determined by congregational polity.

When the ordination date has been set, the minister should contact Julie Shaw, Assistant to the Director of Ministries and Faith Development, 24 Farnsworth St. Boston MA 02210 (jjshaw [at] uua [dot] org (subject: Ordination%20Certificate) )  An ordination certificate will be sent which should be signed at the ordination.  Once the certificate is complete, please return a photocopy or electronically scanned copy to Julie Shaw (address above) for permanent placement in the minister's file. An Ordination and Installation Manual (PDF) is available for suggestions on planning the service.

For more information contact mco@uua.org.