Candidates and Those in Preliminary Fellowship
The Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA’s) Professional Development and Credentialing Offices, the Unitarian Universalist Ministry Association's (UUMA’s) Committee on Ministry for Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism, the Continuing Education, Network, Training, Enrichment and Renewal (CENTER) Team and the Diversity of Ministry Team (DOMT) have collaborated to develop a Mentoring Program for Candidates and ministers in Preliminary Fellowship. Its goals are:
- Improve the odds of successful Unitarian Universalist ministries, especially for communities that have been historically marginalized;
- Bolster our mentoring culture while creating the infrastructure to further ministerial formation;
- Make the mentoring relationship more effective and more rewarding;
- Continue to foster and nurture excellence in ministry
Adapting Best Practices for In Care Programs
In care programs can include insights and best practices from this Mentoring Program in their work with those in all stages of preparation.
Example: Mountain Desert District
Living into Covenant in Mountain Desert District provides mentors to all seminarians working toward ordained ministry from the time the steering committee learns of their aspiration, which might be as early as the beginning of lay discernment toward the ministry. Two members of the Living into Covenant Steering Committee attended the three day UUMA Lead Mentor training in January 2014. They plan to adapt the current training for in care program vocational advisors to include best practices from the Mentoring Program and to share their adaptations. These adaptations will allow those in Applicant or Aspirant status to receive some of the benefits that Candidates and ministers in Preliminary Fellowship are afforded through the Mentoring Program.