Religious Education Credentialing Committee

Bottom to top row, left to right: Rev. Emily Gage, Aastha Poudel, Mia Morse, Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, Art Nava, Peter Kandis, Rev. Bob Renjillian, Patti Withers, Rev. Jude Geiger, Sara Lewis (RECC Chair), Teresa Honey Youngblood

Bottom to top row, left to right: Rev. Emily Gage (congregational minister), Aastha Poudel (Professional Development Assistant), Mia Morse (lay leader), Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill (Professional Development Programs Manager), Art Nava (lay leader), Peter Kandis (lay leader), Rev. Bob Renjilian (Minister of Religious Education), Patti Withers (LREDA Representative), Rev. Jude Geiger (substitute Minister of Religious Education), Sara Lewis (RECC Chair), and Teresa Honey Youngblood (2020 Observer)

What Does This Committee Do?​

The Religious Education Credentialing Committee (RECC) is a Standing Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). It is responsible for all aspects of the Religious Education Credentialing program. As such:

  • It sets requirements, rules, policies, and procedures of the program.
  • On request of the Professional Development Programs Manager, it evaluates applicants for admittance into the program.
  • It evaluates candidates for Credentialed Religious Educator and Credentialed Religious Educator, Master Level status, and awards this status on successful evaluation and sets contingencies in unsuccessful evaluations.
  • It delegates this same authority to the Professional Development Programs Manager for candidates for Credentialed Religious Educator, Associate Level.
  • It approves plans for program equivalencies and evaluates successful fulfillment of equivalency requirements.
  • It evaluates adherence to program rules by participants and those credentialed.
  • It removes and reinstates participants from the program, and removes and reinstates credentials.
  • It publicly represents the program in and beyond the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Who Serves on the Committee?​

The Religious Education Credentialing Committee is appointed by the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Members represent various perspectives and aspects of congregational life.

A listing of current members of the Committee can be found on the RECC Members of the Committee page in the Governance section of the website.

What Happens at the Evaluative Interview With the Committee?​

After introductions are made, a candidate conducts a brief element of worship and then gives a short presentation.

When the presentation is concluded, the interview begins. The Religious Education Credentialing Committee begins by asking a question chosen by the candidate, and for which the candidate has a prepared response. This is followed by a series of questions to the candidate from the Committee members. These questions may have been prompted by the candidate’s portfolio or presentation or may be general questions related to religious education leadership in a Unitarian Universalist context.

When the Committee is done with their questions, the candidate is excused to the waiting area while the Committee deliberates on their decision whether to award a credential to candidate and whether any contingencies are associated with the award. At the conclusion of the deliberation, the candidate is invited back into the meeting space and is notified of the Committee's decision.