The C.E.N.T.E.R. Committee (Continuing Education, Network, Training, Enrichment and Renewal) is a committee of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) dedicated to helping professional ministers understand and prepare to meet the increasingly expanding and complex demands of religious leadership. It serves as a resource for the UUMA in its mission to organize, plan and support collegial networks of education and training. Once an individual is in Candidate status, they may take advantage of programs offered by C.E.N.T.E.R. such as:
- The Institute for Excellence in Ministry—A five day educational intensive featuring the cutting edge of education, worship, spiritual practices and collegial support and networking. This program is offered biannually.
- Chapter Presenters Program—A program which helps subsidize Chapters efforts to contract with a C.E.N.T.E.R. presenters to present a 6-12 hour educational program at a UUMA chapter meeting or retreat. All C.E.N.T.E.R. presenters have expertise in one of 8 critical areas of professional development.
Participating in these initiatives can help those in preparation enhance their professional capacities and skills and develop collegial relationships.
Antiracism, Antioppression, Multiculturalism
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) puts high priority on ensuring that our congregations are anti-racist,anti-oppressive institutions and that our religious professionals are prepared to work in a multicultural world. The Jubilee Series workshops, JUUST Change consultancy, Beloved Conversations and the Tapestry of Faith program Building the World We Dream About are just some of the programs that support the creation of multicultural congregations. Those in preparation are encouraged to participate in these whenever possible, and in care programs can help facilitate that participation.
Other seminars, webinars, print resources, consultations, training programs are available through the UUA. In care programs are encouraged to invite students to these events as they are locally or available for online participation.