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The following outline describes the stages of preparation for Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministerial fellowship and some of the policies and procedures associated with each stage.
Applicants are persons who have contacted the Ministerial Credentialing Office indicating intent to pursue fellowship as a UU minister. A record of applicants will be maintained by the Ministerial Credentialing Office.
A person in aspirant status has submitted the following forms by mail or preferably email to the Ministerial Credentialing Office:
The Ministerial Credentialing Office will open a file for each Aspirant. Aspirants will be placed on the Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group’s mailing list and will receive an email announcement with the link to the ‘One and One.’ Aspirants are encouraged to subscribe to the seminarian email list, UUMINS2B.
Aspirants may be eligible for a $1000.00 Program Assistance Grant to offset the costs of the required career assessment. Aspirants are eligible for reduced registration rates for General Assembly. Seminarians who are attending theological school at least half-time are eligible to apply for UUA scholarship aid, beginning in the second year of school. Incentive grants are available to people of color and from historically marginalized communities in the first year of theological school by contacting the Ministerial Credentialing Office. Persons seeking transfer or plural standing are not eligible for financial aid from the UUA other than the Program Assistance Grant.
The aspirant must interview with one of the two Regional Sub-Committees on Candidacy (RSCC.) Prior to scheduling an appointment to meet with the RSCC, the aspirant MUST have had their Career Assessment completed and the written report MUST have been received by the Ministerial Credentialing Office directly from the center, which conducted the Assessment. During the interview the RSCC are empowered to grant candidate status or postpone candidate status.
Information on Preparing for the RSCC Interview
In addition to 1 through 8 above, a candidate has also:
All aspirants must have scheduled an interview with an RSCC prior to the commencement of their internships. Please also be aware that MFC Policy 3, C.9 states that candidates for the UU ministry “Agreed in writing to defer accepting any ministerial position other than internships and student ministries unless approved by the Ministerial Credentialing Director. Violation of this policy shall render the candidate ineligible for an interview with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee or Ministerial Fellowship for four years from the commencement of the position.”
After being granted candidate status by the RSCC and before requesting an MFC interview, a Candidate must have:
Preparing to Interview with the MFC
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Last updated on Monday, July 15, 2013.
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