I believe Living into Covenant has been a part of a sea change among us as Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministers. We no longer can imagine being lone rangers all alone in our separate ministries, the image I most often heard to describe UU ministers when I was in seminary. Instead we are imagining together how to help, teach and develop the next generation of UU ministers, while we also learn from them; and we are imagining different ways of learning from one another throughout our ministries. Living into Covenant has helped us tame somewhat our rugged individualism, while giving voice to all our individual gifts and talents. As connected learners, we also take that model into our congregations and ministries, connecting our people to this larger web of on-going learning and relationship. We are building a covenant web of mutual responsibility, mutual growth and mutual regard, and the covenant works because it is a “win-win” for all involved.—Rev. Jann Halloran
These are benefits named by surveyed ministers from the Boulder-Denver area.
- Staying connected to your call—and staying on your theological toes
- Seeing beyond your own congregation
- Making an impact on our movement
- Getting to know those in preparation before choosing interns
- Building relationships with future colleagues
Working with students has helped me stay connected to my own call, be
thoughtful about how I frame problems, put my own worries in proportion,
and reflect—which is always beneficial.
Living into Covenant has allowed local ministers to network with each other
and model a welcoming collegial community versus a closed club. Our
movement is better for it.
It is very rewarding when you see students whom you mentored become
great ministers and make an impact in our movement and the world.