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  • Ministers are spiritual leaders of our faith communities. They help us explore life’s questions, challenge us to live out our values, and...
  • Ministry is a life-changing and fulfilling profession. Serving in congregations, hospitals, the military and the community, ministers are...
  • For congregations facing changes in their professional ministry; career planning for ministers and opportunities for ministry.
  • Ministry is rich with fulfilling rewards and complex challenges. As spiritual and prophetic leaders of congregations and in community...
  • This guide (PDF, 5 pages) may be downloaded in its entirety or read online: Types of Chaplain Recognition Qualifications and Process for...
  • Guides, resources, and progress appraisal forms for transitional ministries.
  • By UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Credentialing and Professional Development Office
    The Office of Professional Development keeps records of deceased Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministers and arranges for the preparation of...
  • Each year, General Assembly offers an opportunity to pause, reflect, and celebrate our diverse members of clergy. To honor the complexity...
  • Two Sample Plans Sample Plan 1 Invitations sent to: seminarians interns candidates partners of seminarians, interns, and candidates...
  • As your in care program expands and requires additional organizational support, transition from a planning team which communicates through...
  • Here are some reflection questions that can be adapted for a variety of uses and contexts, including by individuals in preparation for...
  • In addition to supporting ministerial students, an in care program can support people who are discerning whether to pursue a religious...
  • Acknowledgements This guide was written by the Rev. Kelly Dignan, with input from others who have worked on Unitarian Universalist in care...
  • Planning Team Responsibilities Identify students at the seminary(ies) nearby. Work with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to...
  • We recommend that there be one or two students who serve as the point of contact for the project facilitator or Liaison to Students so that...
  • The Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship is available to Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians (in candidate status) attending non-UU...
  • A Model for 21st Century Ministry To date, most in care programs have focused on helping students develop the competencies listed as...
  • Supporting a Vision for 21st Century Ministry The Strategic Review of Professional Ministries Report (2011) described a vision of ministry...
  • Developed by Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland and Lori Ragona Your portfolio provides a structured, integrating framework for all of your...
  • "...Helps Me Feel Cared For" Gretchen Haley, Iliff School of Theology Student 2007-2011 Everything about Living into Covenant [in care...
  • In Care for Local Seminarians and Distance Learners This program offers support to Unitarian Universalist students at Claremont School of...
  • To be offered at the end of the academic year to recognize those who have completed their seminary education. Order of Service Welcome and...
  • A number of program resources have been developed by those who implemented pilot programs in their districts. These resources are included...
  • Sample Plan Invite students, interns, and ministers (especially professional advisors). Design your program based on student needs . Day...
  • On the Practice of Ministry Adapted From Work by Phil Campbell Theological reflection makes use of categories of meaning for understanding...
  • A Communal Approach To Discernment Parker J. Palmer Many of us face a dilemma when trying to deal with a personal problem, question, or...
  • Building Community The primary purpose of student and minister gatherings is to build community while at the same time developing skills...
  • Ideally, when partners of ministers, candidates, and aspirants are gathered, seasoned partners are there to offer experience and...
  • Denominational representatives and professional advisors should work with aspirants and candidates to develop a covenant that includes...
  • In addition to supporting ministerial students, your in care program can support people who are discerning whether to pursue a religious...
  • A person who is considering a ministerial calling will exhibit different characteristics and behaviors as they move through their...
  • There are several ways to support aspirants or candidates who are preparing to meet with the Regional Sub-Committee on Candidacy (RSCC) or...
  • Case study brings together a presenter who has agreed to share in writing a critical incident from his/her practice of ministry for mutual...
  • Small Group Conversation Use a modified small group ministry model to facilitate individual reflection and group sharing. Allow two hours...
  • Serving Unitarian Universalists at Eden Theological Seminary The in care program at Eden Theological Seminary, called the Unitarian...
  • Supporting Unitarian Universalist Students at United Theological Seminary There have been Unitarian Universalist students at United...
  • Unitarian Universalist Association District and Regional staff can help the in care program identify multidenominational theological...
  • Three Kinds of Grants Thanks to the generosity of the Panel on Theological Education, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) offers...
  • Involve Ministers In order for an in care program to offer students real-world experience in congregational life, ministers and...
  • Recruiting and Selecting Professional Advisors The Liaison to Students meets individually with ministers who are interested in being...
  • Critical to the success of an in care program is good communication with and among all the stakeholders: students, ministers, congregations...
  • Important First Step Credibility and Sustainability While a seminarian(s) or parish or community minister(s) may initiate an in care...
  • Before You Begin These pages offer suggestions for implementing the components of an in care program. There is not one correct method or...
  • One challenge students face is absorbing and integrating the content on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) reading list. A learning...
  • Qualifications and Responsibilities Professional advisors are Unitarian Universalist ministers who have received at least their first...

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