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I want to preface my remarks by admitting that throughout my seminary career,
I was deeply cynical about the credentialing process. What follows is not
a conversion story or testimonial, it is however, my encounter with the
Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) from the other side—a humbling experience of
a process that is alive with possibility.
The most consistent advice I received before meeting the committee was this:
"be a minister to the MFC." From my experience, more than being a minister
to/for the MFC is simply showing up and living one's Ministerial Identity by
being authentic and human. While I don't feel capable of offering specific
"advice"—the following may provide some insight.
I experienced the members of the committee as warm, thoughtful, and
dedicated. They are a jovial, respectful and caring group—with the
desire to welcome new colleagues. I found them to be conscientious with
regard to keeping the whole picture in mind...that is, the individual as well as
the larger UU community. I would describe this committee as deeply human,
alive to their limitations and blind spots—organic and dynamic in the sense
that they continue to seek feedback, input, and ways to deepen their
effectiveness and better serve candidates.
The UUA is in the midst of becoming more aware and pro-active with regard to
Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism...it is an area for growth,
and as such a place where candidates can probably help them grow!
Constructive feedback is truly appreciated on the overall process.
Blessings to you on your journey.
Alicia R. Forde
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Last updated on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
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