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The UUMA Coaching Program
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What is the UUMA Coaching Program? 

UUMA Peer Coaches work one-on-one with colleagues over a one-year timespan to help them set and achieve specific action-oriented goals to take their ministries to the next level. Unlike Mentoring, which offers general guidance to ministers in formation, Coaching is especially powerful for ministers who have been in their ministry settings long enough to have identified specific areas for improvement, but may feel stuck – Peer Coaches provide accountability, encouragement, and structured conversation to get you out of your rut.

When is the right time for you to get a coach?

Do you know where you want to go but need help getting there?

            A coach helps you clarify your action goals


Are you stuck in your perspective?

            A coach listens deeply to you – helping you discover new insights


Are you leading from your spiritual center?

A coach can help you re-center yourself and your ministry


You are seasoned in ministry, in final fellowship. Coaching can re-focus your ministry, re-center your spirit, and help you identify, set, and reach the right action-oriented goals for this time.


If you are looking for a way to jump-start some aspect of your ministry, now might be the time to get a coach!


Who is eligible?

Coaching is for any UUMA Member in good standing and in Final Fellowship who can commit to 8-12 sessions with a coach via telephone, video-call or in-person over a one-year period. You can only have one UUMA coach at a time unfortunately.


How do I get a coach?

The UUMA just concluded new requests for Peer Coaches that will start in Fall 2015. The next request deadline, once decided, will be posted here. We are considering rolling requests in the future.

  1. Read all the information on this page and the Covenant between the Coach and the Coachee to determine whether coaching is right for you right now.
  2. Click here to fill out the request for a Coach
  3. Once you’ve submitted the request form, UUMA Staff, in consultation with CENTER, will recommend coaches after consideration of availability and coaching areas. Coaches are assigned within 2 months of the application deadline.
  4. There is a one-time fee of $100 for one year of coaching, to be paid at the start of your coaching relationship.


I am interested in serving my colleagues as a Coach. How do I become a UUMA Peer Coach?

Our next training for new Coaches will take place in Fall 2016. Please check back here in Spring 2016 for details on how to apply to be a Peer Coach. 


If you have any questions about the UUMA Coaching Program, feel free to contact us at


Testimonials from our Coaches and Coachees about the UUMA Coaching Program


Testimonial: Ellen Spero
Testimonial: Buffy Boke and Kathy Sage 

Testimonial: Manish Mishra-Marzetti Testimonial: Kimi Riegel

Current Coaches

Melissa Carvill Ziemer

Katie Lee Crane

Russell Elleven

Debra Faulk

Julie Forest

Peter  Friedrichs

Bob Janis-Dillon

Heather Janules

Carie Johnsen

Maureen Killoran

Manish Mishra-Marzetti

Kimi Riegel

Kathy Sage

Gail Seavey

Grace Simons

Ellen Spero

Teresa (Tracy) Sprowls

Leslie Westbrook








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