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Summer Seminary for Unitarian Universalist Youth

Come to Summer Seminary!

Summer Seminary is a program for Unitarian Universalist youth exploring the possibility of becoming a religious professional. Focusing on ordained ministry and credentialed leadership in religious education and music, the program offers youth the opportunity to explore their call to ministry in all its forms, learn about life as a religious professional, and connect with other youth considering ministry, religious education and other religious professional career paths.

Summer Seminary 2016 will take place August 2-August 8, 2016 in Berkeley, CA  at Starr King School for the Ministry. It is open to those who were in grades 10-12 (or the equivalent for home-schooled youth) for the 2015-2016 school year, including those who bridge into young adulthood in the spring/summer of 2016.

We are accepting applications for a chaplain and a seminarian/minister-in-residence. Applicants must be 25 or older.

Apply (PDF) to be Summer Seminary Chaplain.

Apply (PDF) to be Summer Seminary Seminarian/Minister-in-Residence.

A program of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in collaboration with Starr King School for the Ministry and the Pacific Western Region, Summer Seminary 2016 will explore:

  • personal call to ministry
  • leadership styles
  • preaching
  • worship and liturgy
  • faith development and theology
  • spiritual practices and self-care
  • life in seminary
  • different forms of ministry
  • the ordination, credentialing and fellowship processes

For more information about Summer Seminary including stories from previous participants, read the Blue Boat blog-posts for Summer Seminary.


Applications are currently closed. The two-part application process includes an online form (review the application form on this PDF) and a letter of recommendation. Space is limited, so please apply promptly.

Letter of Recommendation

You also need to submit a letter of recommendation from a minister, religious educator or other religious professional. You can submit it with your application or your recommender can send it directly. Give this information page to the person writing your letter (PDF). If you have difficulty meeting the requirement that your letter come from a religious professional, please contact us.


The total cost to participants for Summer Seminary is $425, which covers all programming, lodging and food. All transportation costs will be paid for by a generous grant from the Katie Tyson Fund. Scholarships (full and partial) are available, so please contact us to inquire.

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