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Support for Fellowshipped Ministers and Top Picks for Ministerial Development

Greetings from the Ministerial Development Office! I am Rev. Alicia R. Forde. My assistant, Catherine Rowland, and I assist ministers in fellowship as they develop their skills and deepen their ministry.

Our office oversees ministers’ continuing education grants, offers an annual training for new ministers, and provides other professional development workshops. We can also advise you on sabbatical planning, mid-career reflection and assessment as well as provide support for ministers who have had unplanned departures from their previous positions.

Below you will find some of the most frequently requested materials from our office.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Alicia R. Forde
ministerialdevelopment [at] uua [dot] org

Catherine Rowland
ministerialdevelopment [at] uua [dot] org

Ministerial Development Resources

  • Continuing Education Grant Application Information
    Ministers in fellowship are eligible to apply for financial assistance with Continuing Education. Funds are limited, so please read application criteria and apply early in the fiscal year.
  • Assessment Tools/Ministerial Evaluations
    The Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association’s (UUMA’s) Continuing Education Network for Training, Enrichment and Renewal (CENTER) Committee has compiled a list of resources to aid with undergoing a ministerial assessment or evaluation process. Tips for creating a process as well as many samples from other congregations are available.
  • Approved Career Centers
    This listing of Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) approved career centers are appropriate for ministers to do a mid-career reflection program, or aspirants for the minister who need an initial assessment.
  • UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Programs for Ministers
    UUCSJ has special delegations for clergy, in addition to sabbatical placement

Mentoring Program Survey

The Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA’s) Professional Development and Credentialing Offices, the UUMA’s Committee on Ministry for Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism, and the Diversity of Ministry Team are collaborating on strengthening our mentoring program for candidates and ministers in preliminary fellowship. We envision this as an opportunity to:

  1. Improve the odds of successful Unitarian Universalist ministries
  2. Bolster our mentoring culture while creating the infrastructure to further ministerial formation.

We are excited about this venture and see it as a positive step toward strengthening our ministry. Our task force is inviting you to join in the collaboration with us by completing our very brief survey.

Your input will help shape our work as we move forward.

We look forward to hearing from you in the very near future.

With gratitude,

Alicia (on behalf of the Mentoring Task Force)

Rev. Alicia Roxanne Forde

Professional Development Director
Ministries and Faith Development
Unitarian Universalist Association
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

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