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Ministerial Fellowship

Hello, I am Alicia Roxanne Forde, the Unitarian Universalist Association's Professional Development Director.

I work with ministers on formation, professional development, skills enhancement and self-care. A significant portion of my ministry is focused on assisting ministers in Preliminary Fellowship on meeting the credentialing requirements for Final Fellowship. I provide staff support to the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) and offer guidance regarding MFC rule waiver requests, changes in fellowship status, and preparation of materials for applications for renewal of fellowship.

Marion Bell is the Ministerial Fellowship Committee Coordinator. Marion can answer your questions regarding renewal applications, waivers and appropriate forms and deadlines for ministers in Preliminary Fellowship.

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

Please feel free to contact us; we are here to help. I look forward to hearing from you!

The Reverend Alicia R. Forde
Professional Development Director
ministerialdevelopment @

Marion Bell
mfccoordinator @

Ministerial Fellowship Resources

  • Ordination Certificates
    The UUA provides ordination certificates to ministers who have achieved Preliminary Fellowship. The certificates are blank and require signatures from key participants in your service. REQUEST THE CERTIFICATES BEFORE YOUR EVENT. Please contact Julie Shaw, Assistant to the Director of Ministries and Faith Development (mfdassistant @ to obtain ordination certificates.

    For helpful information on planning your service consult:
    Manual for Ordination and Installation Services in Unitarian Universalist Churches by Peter Spilman Raible
  • MFC Rules and Policies
    The most current list of rules and policies that govern all ministers in fellowship and those seeking fellowship.
  • Renewal Process for Ministers in Preliminary Fellowship
    In order to advance into Final Fellowship, all Ministers in Preliminary Fellowship are required to submit three evaluations or renewals. The MFC evaluates each renewal at one of its three annual meetings. Ministers have the opportunity to submit their renewals for consideration on the allocated deadlines.
  • MFC Application for Renewal of Fellowship Forms
    Information for ministers in preliminary fellowship including all MFC approved forms for applications for renewal of fellowship.
  • MFC Rules and Policies Waiver Request Form
    Ministers or candidates for ministry who wish to waive a rule or policy of the MFC must submit a Waiver Request on the approved form.
  • Community Ministers: Guide to Affiliation with Congregations
    The Society for Community Ministers, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) and Ministry and Professional Leadership Staff Group created this handbook to aid congregations, parish and community ministers in the affiliation process (a requirement of preliminary fellowship for all community ministers). See this page for sample affiliation agreements.

For more information contact mfccoordinator @

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Last updated on Monday, September 8, 2014.

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