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Preparatory Stages of Becoming a Minister

The following outline describes the stages of preparation for Unitarian Universalist 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.

Ministerial Fellowship Requirements Booklet and Appendix

Aspirant Status

A person in Aspirant Status has submitted the following forms to the Ministerial Credentialing Office. ALL REQUIRED FORMS (PAGE NUMBERS INCLUDED BELOW) CAN BE FOUND IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MINISTERIAL FELLOWSHIP APPENDIX:

  1. Initial Inquiry Form
  2. Interview Form—from a UU minister (page 5-6)
  3. Transfer/Plural Standing Forms (if applicable) (page 8)
  4. Evidence of acceptance to a theological school or another approved program, or an official transcript showing current status or graduation date from theological school
  5. Signed Application for Candidacy form, which stipulates agreement to abide by the Rules and Policies of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee and 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 (page 9)
  6. Signed Criminal Offense Disclosure Form/False Representation Statement (page 7)
  7. Congregational sponsorship obtained and Statement of Congregational Sponsorship has been submitted on behalf of the aspirant. (Clergy seeking dual or transfer standing or active UUA regional staff may have this requirement waived. Please contact the Ministerial Credentialing Director for further information.) (page 10)

Candidate Status

In addition to 1 through 7 above, a person in Candidate Status has also:

    8. Completed an approved career assessment program and the written report has been received by the Ministerial Credentialing  Office

   9. Completed at least one year of theological education

  10. Submitted final evaluations from a field education experience, CPE/CPSP unit or an internship.

Prior to the Ministerial Fellowship Committee interview, a Candidate will have:      

  • Completed the MFC Appointment Request form (page 11)
  • Sent in a $250 application fee at the time the MFC interview is scheduled. (This fee may be waived under extenuating circumstances. Please consult with the Ministerial Credentialing Director, mcodirector [at] uua [dot] org, for further information.)
  • Submit MFC paperwork required for the interview packet (the 2016 and 2010 checklists are located at the bottom of this page).

2016 MFC Requirements Checklist

  1. Biographical Information Sheet (page 12-13)
  2. An essay, 3-4 pages double-spaced, that “narrates [the candidate’s] life journey and call to ministry”
  3. Digital (head shot) photograph
  4. Career Assessment Report from an approved career assessment program
  5. RSCC letter (if available) **
  6. MFC Competencies and Reading List (page 19-35)
  7. First unit CPE/CPSP Evaluations:  _____Self   ______Supervisor
  8. Internship Learning/Serving Agreement (dated)
  9. Internship evaluations:  _____ Self _____Supervisor _____Committee
  10. Five letters of reference:
    1. A faculty member or advisor if the candidate is enrolled in seminary, or if a recent graduate
    2. A Unitarian Universalist minister other than the internship supervisor
    3. A religious educator
    4. Anyone of the candidate’s choice who has known them for at least six years
    5. Anyone of the candidate’s choice.
    6. All letters of reference must be dated, signed and must clearly indicate that the reference has been/will be shared with the candidate. (page 15)
  11. All official graduate transcripts (and undergraduate transcripts, if available)
  12. Conviction Disclosure form (page 7)
  13. Oxford Document Management criminal background check
  14. Consent for Release of Information for Transfer and Plural Candidates form (if applicable) (page 8)
    1. ** Aspirants who have had their candidacy status postponed by an RSCC interview may achieve candidacy status by submitting field education, CPE/CPSP and/or internship evaluations to the Ministerial Credentialing Office.
    2. ** Aspirants who have had their candidacy status denied by an RSCC interview may submit a request to the Executive Committee of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. Please consult with the Ministerial Credentialing Director, mcodirector [at] uua [dot] org, for further information.

2010 MFC Requirements Checklist

Please refer to page 36 in the Appendix if you are using the 2010 MFC Requirements.

  1. Biographical Information Form (page 12-13)
  2. RSCC letter (if available) **
  3. Biographical Information Form (To “All Candidates for Ministerial Fellowship”) (2-3 pages double-spaced max.) (page 14)
  4. Recent digital (head shot) photograph (color preferred)
  5. MFC Reading List (signed and dated) (page 37)
  6. Conviction Disclosure Form (page 7)
  7. Oxford Document Management criminal background check
  8. Consent for Release of Information for Transfer and Plural Candidates form (if applicable) (page 8)
  9. Essay: “What is the theological context of your call to Unitarian Universalist ministry? Refer to at least one theologian, one personal experience and one sacred text.” (Maximum length: 4 pages, double-spaced)
  10. Essay or short reflection paper explaining how your analysis of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism is reflected in your ministry. (Maximum length: 4 pages, double-spaced)
  11. Essay: Describe a personal experience of ministering with children or youth and how this experience informs your philosophy of religious education. (Maximum length: 4 pages, double-spaced)
  12. Career Assessment Report from an approved career assessment program
  13. Five letters of recommendation. One of these five letters must describes the extent of your participation in a UU congregation. All letters must be signed, dated, and indicate they have been/will be shared with the candidate. (page 15)
    1. A faculty member or advisor if the candidate is enrolled in seminary, or if a recent graduate
    2. A Unitarian Universalist minister other than the internship supervisor
    3. A religious educator
    4. Anyone of the candidate's choice who has known him or her for at least six years
    5. Anyone of the candidate's choice
  14. Internship Learning/Serving Agreement (dated)
  15. Internship evaluations: _____ Self _____Supervisor _____Committee
  16. First unit CPE/CPSP Evaluations: _____Self ______Supervisor
  17. All MFC Statements of Competency (signed and dated) (page 44-60)
  18. All Official (up to date) Seminary transcripts
  19. All official Undergraduate transcripts (and Graduate transcripts if applicable)

** Aspirants who have had their candidacy status postponed by an RSCC interview may achieve candidacy status by submitting field education, CPE/CPSP and/or internship evaluations to the Ministerial Credentialing Office.

** Aspirants who have had their candidacy status denied by an RSCC interview may submit a request to the Executive Committee of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. Please consult with the Ministerial Credentialing Director, mcodirector [at] uua [dot] org, for further information.

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