Pilot Program Testimonials
Career Development for Ministers, Becoming a Minister, Support and Caring in Congregations

Seminary Student

Throughout the credentialing process, I send information about myself to people I don’t know. This program helps me feel cared for.

Gretchen Haley, Iliff School of Theology Student 2007-2011 

Everything about Living into Covenant is grounded in relationship, and I had the opportunity to get to know, in meaningful and serious ways, other Unitarian Universalists (UUs) in formation, in practicing ministry, in retirement, in community ministry, in congregations. It allowed me to create those relationships, get to know real people and what they were up to so that I never felt like there was any gap between what was going on in my seminary experience and what I would be doing as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) formation.

Beth Chronister, Iliff School of Theology student 2010-2014

There's something about going into seminary that is just nerve-wracking. There are questions like: ‘How am I ever going to do this? Who am I supposed to be in this space?’ Having friendships and collegial relationships with other seminarians has helped me to realize that it's not impossible and to know it's a process. Living into Covenant has also helped me practice what collegial relationships mean. It has been a really great experience knowing that I am supported and that I have ministers that are colleagues of mine who I can call upon when I have a question or need a resource. It also has offered me many professional examples of how to be a minister, how to be a Unitarian Universalist minister. I can see there is no one right way to do this, and there are so many different strengths that people bring. 

Ministerial Candidate Beth Dana, 2010 Union Theological Seminary Graduate

The Metro NY In Care In Covenant Program, under the leadership of Rev. Lissa Gundlach, has been crucial to my formation as a UU ministerial candidate and student at Union Theological Seminary. Regular gatherings have offered important community and spiritual development, and Lissa also offers one-on-one mentorship herself and connects us with local clergy mentors as we make our way through the process. The workshops I've participated in have been important supplements to my seminary education, particularly the preaching workshop and coaching. I only wish that more UU students at non-UU schools had a system of support like ICIC offers!

Glenn Farley, 2010 Starr-King graduate, Ministerial Intern, Central Unitarian Church, Paramus, NJ

I moved to a new district for my internship, where I had few friends and family. A solid support network is critical for a vibrant ministry. Without a doubt, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) NY Metro In Care, In Covenant Program has been a blessing to me in my ministerial formation, with its consistent program of welcoming and support, as well as facilitated opportunities to share my gifts with my peers. So the program creates space for me to receive as well as give. My sincere wish is that this program is replicated throughout all UUA districts.

Elizabeth Bukey, 2nd Year MDiv Student, Union Theological Seminary

In Care has helped me deepen my connections with other UU seminarians, reduced the mystery around the UUA ministerial credentialing process, and provided a forum for discussing UU identity and theology. I hope the program can continue to provide this important lifeline for UU seminarians at our non-UU seminaries.

For more information contact mcodirector@uua.org.

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