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The information on this page is written specifically about interim religious educators; most of it is applicable to interim musicians and other program staff hired to serve in an interim capacity.
The departure of a religious educator can be a fruitful time for reflection, visioning, and change. An interim religious education professional provides specialized skills and tools to help a congregation prepare for robust new leadership. Note that a staff member hired primarily as a "placeholder," or with the possibility of longer-term employment, is not considered interim.
Interim religious educators are typically hired for 1-2 years, and the interim is generally not eligible to apply for the settled position. An intentional transition period has a shape and momentum that set it apart from time with a settled leader, so a limited-time role helps ensure that the congregation stays focused on its developmental work. This "pre-fired" status also allows the professional to shine light on uncomfortable truths and to work with the congregation to effect difficult changes that may be necessary for future health and success; such efforts would be easily compromised if this staff member were meanwhile "auditioning" for the long-term position.
The information and events described below are for religious education professionals and congregations seeking more information about the work and the training of the interim religious educator.
As developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Interim Director of Religious Education (DRE) Visioning Team in 2005. Updated by the UUA Office of Professional Development and Guild of Interim Religious Educators in October 2013.
The UUA has developed a facilitated online version of its Interim Training for Program Professionals. This training is offered when sufficient need or interest exists to form a class. Please contact recredentialing @ uua.org for more information about this training or any aspect of interim program staff positions.
For more information contact recredentialing @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Monday, July 7, 2014.
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