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  • Ministry is a life-changing and fulfilling profession. Serving in congregations, hospitals, the military and the community, ministers are spiritual leaders who help us explore life’s deepest questions and challenge us to be our best selves. ...
  • Acknowledgements This guide was written by the Rev. Kelly Dignan, with input from others who have worked on Unitarian Universalist in care...
  • The Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship is available to Unitarian Universalist seminarians (in candidate status) attending non-UU theological Schools who have an interest in international and interfaith engagement. Scholarship recipients will be provided with expenses for travel to the Tsubaki...
  • Developed by Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland and Lori Ragona Your portfolio provides a structured, integrating framework for all of your...
  • To be offered at the end of the academic year to recognize those who have completed their seminary education. Order of Service Welcome and...
  • A number of program resources have been developed by those who implemented pilot programs in their districts. These resources are included...
  • Ideally, when partners of ministers, candidates, and aspirants are gathered, seasoned partners are there to offer experience and...
  • Serving Unitarian Universalists at Eden Theological Seminary The in care program at Eden Theological Seminary, called the Unitarian...
  • Before You Begin These pages offer suggestions for implementing the components of an in care program. There is not one correct method or...
  • This section offers a history of exisiting in care programs. Each is unique in the way it is organized to address the in care needs of...
  • Excellence in Ministry Learning Models Covenantal Theology Building Blocks
  • Congregations and Lay Leaders Ministers Candidates and Aspirants Seminaries Unitarian Universalism
  • In care systems are informed by the work of of three educators: Maria Harris , who wrote that the congregation is the faith development...
  • Strategic Review of Professional Ministries In 2010 the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) conducted a Strategic Review of...
  • What they dreamed be ours to do... ~from the hymn "Rank by Rank Again We Stand" Ministers Prepared within the Community of Congregations In...
  • Components to Build Your Program There are various components that can be included in an in care system. Context, supportive partners,...
  • How does Living into Covenant mesh with other Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (...
  • The History of In-Care Systems In-Care Systems Program Components In-Care Systems Learning Models In Care Systems Covenantal Theology
  • After a Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) interview date has been set, you will need to send in items to the Ministerial Credentialing...
  • Maurine Mulliner, a long-time member of All Soul's Church in Washington, DC, made an estate gift to establish this award in order to affirm...
  • CENTER Committee The C.E.N.T.E.R. Committee (Continuing Education, Network, Training, Enrichment and Renewal) is a committee of the...
  • Critical to the success of an in care program is good communication with and among all the stakeholders: students, ministers, congregations...
  • Two Sample Plans Developed by Rev. Jann Halloran, Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland, Rev Tracey Wilkinson, and Rev. Jeannie Shero Sample Plan 1...
  • Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) District and Regional staff can help the in care program identify multi-denominational theological...
  • Involve Ministers In order for an in care program to offer students real-world experience in congregational life, ministers and...
  • Responsibilities Identify students at the seminary(ies) nearby Work with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to identify students...
  • Recruiting and Selecting Vocational Advisors The student liaison meets individually with ministers who are interested in being vocational...
  • In addition to supporting ministerial students, an in care program can support people who are discerning whether to pursue a religious...
  • Important First Step Credibility and Sustainability While a seminarian(s) or parish or community minister(s) may initiate an in care...
  • As your in care program expands and requires additional organizational support, transition from a planning team which communicates through...
  • Qualifications and Responsibilities Vocational advisors are Unitarian Universalist ministers who have received at least their first renewal...
  • Supporting a Vision for 21st Century Ministry The Strategic Review of Professional Ministries Report (2011) described a vision of ministry...
  • An in care program offers multidenominational liberal theological schools the ability to recruit and retain Unitarian Universalist students...
  • While your in care program is not a program of the theological schools, it is important to build relationships with those schools as you...
  • There is something about going into seminary that is just nerve-wracking. There are a lot of questions like, ‘How am I ever going to do...
  • It is recommended that district or regional staff appoint a minister to facilitate the in care program and lead the planning team or...
  • Serving a Larger Number If there are more than four Unitarian Universalist (UU) students at a seminary, it is difficult for one...
  • Serving a Small Number If there are four or fewer Unitarian Universalist students enrolled at a particular theological school, one good...
  • Developed by Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels and Rev. Tera Little Sample Plan Invite students, interns, and ministers (especially vocational...
  • Case study brings together a presenter who has agreed to share in writing a critical incident from his/her practice of ministry for mutual...
  • Developed by Rev. Jann Halloran Building Community The primary purpose of student and minister gatherings is to build community while at...
  • Developed by Rev. Jeannie Shero A person who is considering a ministerial calling will exhibit different characteristics and behaviors as...
  • Developed by Rev. Jeannie Shero In addition to supporting ministerial students, your in care program can support people who are discerning...
  • On the Practice of Ministry Adapted From Work by Phil Campbell Theological reflection makes use of categories of meaning for understanding...
  • A Communal Approach To Discernment Parker J. Palmer Many of us face a dilemma when trying to deal with a personal problem, question, or...
  • Developed by Rev. Jeannie Shero and Rev. Lyssa Gundlach Small Group Conversation Use a small group ministry model to facilitate individual...
  • Denver/Boulder Cluster The Mountain Desert District in care program has been in existence the longest and is the most developed and complex...
  • In Care, In Covenant Seminarian Outreach Program The Metro New York District's pilot program is supervised by District Executive Andrea...
  • In Care for Local Seminarians and Distance Learners This program offers support to Unitarian Universalist students at Claremont School of...

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