Endorsement and/or Approval Process
Candidates seeking either Ecclesiastical Endorsement or Approval must:
- Complete and submit a standard application form.
- Submit an essay (between 1000 and 2500 words) detailing the reasons for seeking position as military, Veteran’s Affairs, or Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and confirms their understanding of the nature of military chaplaincy.
- Submit at least three letters of reference, one of which shall be from a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister or denominational official
- Be successfully interviewed by the Official Endorser and/or designate
Ecclesiastical endorsement or approval is initially granted for three years, then subject to review and renewal for indefinite period. Should the Chaplain fail to submit required annual reports, be removed from fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), renounce their ministerial fellowship, be convicted of either a felony or crime of moral turpitude, or should their military (active duty, reserve, or National Guard) status be revoked or terminated, then endorsement and/or approval can be immediately revoked.
Responsibility of Chaplain/Chaplain Candidate
- Chaplain/Chaplain Candidate provides update as to duty assignments and contact information.
- Chaplain/Chaplain Candidate maintains membership in a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation. It is understood that the Church of the Larger Fellowship may be the most appropriate congregation for membership.
- Chaplain continues in good standing and fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
- Chaplain/Chaplain Candidate prepares a brief annual report that summarizes the service provided in their duty assignment.
- Chaplain/Chaplain Candidate submits all their officer evaluation to the Official Endorser. These documents will only be reviewed by the Official Endorser and will be placed within their Ministerial Fellowship file at the UUA for safekeeping.
- Chaplain/Chaplain Candidate is required to attend annually the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) Professional Days/UUA General Assembly. Chaplains/Chaplain Candidates are also expected to attend other national meetings of the UU Ministers Association, UU Ministers Association Chapter meetings, and/or meetings of host nation UU bodies. Dispensation may be granted by the Official Endorser in exceptional circumstances. This requirement is in place so that Chaplains may retain on-going connection with the UUA.