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To advance into Final Fellowship, all Ministers in Preliminary Fellowship are required to submit three renewals. Each renewal is evaluated following one of the three annual Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) meetings. Deadlines for renewal submissions are below.
* Dates are subject to change.
Ministers are required to submit their forms by email to mfccoordinator @ uua.org. Please contact the MFC Coordinator if you are unable to submit electronically.
Ministries and Faith Development
Unitarian Universalist Association
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Required Evaluation Forms: A complete application for renewal must contain the following:
As a guide to completing evaluation forms, we recommend that:
All forms are available for download.
When the Committee determines that the candidate is qualified to pursue Ministerial Fellowship, the Committee shall grant the candidate Preliminary Fellowship status.
A person in Preliminary Fellowship shall be reviewed approximately every year from the date of hire or call. To be eligible for review, the minister must be engaged in compensated ministerial activities which constitute fifty-percent or more of a typical work schedule. This requirement may, at the Committee's discretion, be waived when it determines that the ministerial service is substantial enough to warrant eligibility for review.
Each renewal review must include the following:
Following any review, Preliminary Fellowship may be renewed, continued in present status, terminated or a determination made to move the candidate to Final Fellowship.
A person has up to three years to establish a ministry that is eligible for renewal of fellowship and submit an application for renewal of fellowship. Once a person begins working in ministry that is eligible for renewal of fellowship, one must submit an application for renewal of fellowship annually. If a person stops working in ministry, the minister may remain in that renewal period for up to three years before either entering Inactive Status or applying for a waiver from the Committee. If a waiver is granted to extend the renewal period, the extension will be for one year.
All ministers serving community settings must during Preliminary Fellowship receive affiliation with a UUA or CUC member congregation. Affiliation involves a formal connection to a congregation and recognition of the community minister as performing a ministry. Affiliation should include a vote of the Board and having a covenanted relationship with the congregation’s minister(s), if there is one.
To receive Final Fellowship, a minister must have been granted at least two renewals from the same congregation or organization. Where, however, the minister has been accepted into the Accredited Interim Ministry training program and is making expected progress toward completion, each year of interim ministry may be counted.
For more information contact mfccoordinator @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
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