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Despite centuries of prophetic ministerial service beyond the walls of a congregation within the Unitarian and Universalist traditions, community ministry was only formally recognized as a specialization within Unitarian Universalist ministerial fellowship in 1991. Community ministry remains misunderstood by many congregations, seminaries, students and ministers. In addition, there have been significant challenges affecting the development of good professional practice, due to the broad and flexible expression of community ministry within Unitarian Universalism.
Community ministers serve the cause of Unitarian Universalism in many ways. Some community ministers work independently or in an organization outside a congregation; others attempt to bridge congregations and secular organizations; still others serve part-time in a congregation, and work part-time in a community organization.
Read more information on the renewal process for community ministers.