Policy on Transfers and Plural Standing for Ministers
The requirements for men and women transferring into the Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministry, or applying for plural standing, are essentially the same as for other candidates. While transfer candidates can be assured that a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited theological school will be acceptable as academic background, additional work in the areas of Unitarian Universalist history, polity, traditions and religious education is expected. The core curriculum listed previously outlines the areas of knowledge and competency that are expected.
In addition, a clear demonstration of motivation and commitment to Unitarian Universalism must be expressed through participation in a local congregation and in area UU Ministers Association (UUMA) meetings and/or district meetings. (A minimum of 2 years involvement is expected by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC).) In many cases, successful completion of a CPE program and an internship or supervised ministry in a Unitarian Universalist congregation is also required. All transfer and plural standing candidates must be approved by a Regional Sub-Committee on Candidacy, complete the required reading list, participate in an approved career assessment program, and must meet with the MFC.
A person will officially be considered a Candidate for transfer or plural standing upon receiving the affirmation of the appropriate regional sub-committee and submitting the required materials to include:
- Initial Inquiry Form (RSCC-1);
- Interview Forms filled out by UU minister. (PDF) (RSCC-2)
- Essay on ministerial aspirations;
- Career assessment report;
- Official record of standing from previous/other denominational affiliation;
- Two letters of reference, one from a minister in good standing with previous denomination, and one from a denominational official attesting to the candidate's good standing (current or at time of termination.)
- Criminal Offense Disclosure Form; (PDF) (RSCC-3)
- Application for Candidate Status; (PDF) (RSCC-5)
- Consent for Release of Information. (PDF) (RSCC-4)
All transfer/plural standing applicants are required to sign a consent form allowing for the release of information from the previous/other denomination. (RSCC-4)
The MFC requires two years active involvement in a congregation. The following represent different ways to address this requirement. The more you can do the better!
- attend our General Assembly each June;
- attend your local Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) District Assembly;
- develop a mentorship relationship with a UU minister in final fellowship, preferably face to face;
- consider attending a week long intensive at Meadville Lombard Theological School;
- attend a UU summer camp;
- attend a UUA Leadership School week, also often held in the summer;
- contact your local Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association ministerial chapter about possible involvement;
- consider supply preaching;
- lead adult religious education courses at a local UU congregation;
- join CLF, the Church of the Larger Fellowship;
- consider on-line UU coursework;
- consider doing another M. Div. Degree at a UU seminary!
Transfer and plural standing candidates should consult with the Ministerial Credentialing Director regarding specific requirements and paperwork expected by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.
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