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Apply for Summer Seminary before February 1st!

Come to Summer Seminary!

Summer Seminary is a program for Unitarian Universalist youth exploring the possibility of becoming a religious professional. Focusing on ordained ministry and credentialed leadership in religious education and music, the program offers youth the opportunity to explore their call to ministry in all its forms, learn about life as a religious professional, and connect with other youth considering ministry, religious education and other religious professional career paths.

Summer Seminary 2016 will take place August 2-8, 2016 in Berkeley, CA  at Starr King School for the Ministry. It is open to those who were in grades 10-12 (or the equivalent for home-schooled youth) for the 2015-2016 school year, including those who bridge into young adulthood in the spring/summer of 2016.

"It's like an awakening. You get a chance to understand more than just the faith, or just the possible occupations, you get to learn about the communities built and the relationships made, and the infinite beauty that is our faith. For some, it's a way to look into the faith from a new perspective, and for others, it's a renewal."

—Melissa Priese, Class of 2015

A program of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in collaboration with Starr King School for the Ministry, the Southern Region and the Pacific Western Region, Summer Seminary 2016 will explore:

  • personal call to ministry
  • leadership styles
  • preaching
  • worship and liturgy
  • faith development and theology
  • spiritual practices and self-care
  • life in seminary
  • different forms of ministry
  • the ordination, credentialing and fellowship processes

For more information about Summer Seminary including stories from previous participants, read the Blue Boat blog-posts for Summer Seminary.

Meet our Summer Seminary Staff, Maggie Lovins (Program Support), Kimberly Quinn Johnson (Minister in Residence) and Beth Dana (Chaplain).


The two-part application process includes an online form and a letter of recommendation. Space is limited, so please apply promptly. The first step is to fill out this online application. The deadline to apply is February 1st

Letter of Recommendation

You need to submit a letter of recommendation from a minister, religious educator or other religious professional. You can submit it with your application or your recommender can send it directly. Give this information page (PDF) to the person writing your letter. If you have difficulty meeting the requirement that your letter come from a religious professional, please contact us.


The total cost to participants for Summer Seminary is $425, which covers all programming, lodging and food. All transportation costs will be paid for by a generous grant from the Katie Tyson Fund. Through the generosity of our donors, the Annual Program Fund and the Alumni Giving Program, some need-based financial assistance is available.

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