The new Collegial Development Committee (CDC) is charged with creating a strategic plan for improving collegiality in both our local and continental programming. Please join members of the CDC for a conversation on the current shape of collegiality and to imagine the future of collegiality in the UUMA.
The conversation will likely focus on the following five priorities for collegial development identified by the CDC. Committee members also welcome your feedback on these established priorities. Do they seem to represent a good first step toward promoting collegial relationships? Are there more “glaring” areas that need our attention? What are we missing?
Many of our colleagues have a deep appreciation for the vital role that collegiality plays in their ministry. This perspective is not universal among our colleagues, nor is it necessarily shared by the congregations, organizations or institutions that we serve. The CDC will develop methods and opportunities to educate others, including ministers and the institutions they serve, about the meaning and value of developing
and maintaining significant collegial relationships.
Mentoring and Partnering
With a particular attention to inclusivity and accountability, the CDC will focus on the importance of mentoring relationships in ministerial formation, maturation, and sustainability throughout the minister's career. Our goal is to assure that all ministers in the various stages of formation and preliminary fellowship have access to the variety of mentoring resources, as well as connections to appropriate and need-based mentors and mentoring models. Similarly, the CDC will work to ensure that the UUMA provides experienced ministers with training to serve as effective mentors to others, and ongoing access to mentors as needed for their own ministries.
Outreach to Ministers from Historically/Actually Marginalized Groups:
The CDC will create, implement, and support processes and practices for more fully and accountably including ministers from historically and actually marginalized groups within the UUMA as members and leaders. These groups may include, but are not limited to, colleagues of color, LGBTQ colleagues, colleagues with disabilities, retired colleagues, community ministers, or interns. Such processes and practices may include improving or creating outreach strategies, communications, leadership development, feedback structures, support systems, and programming opportunities.
Our UUMA vision instructs us to embrace leadership. We will suggest strategies, best practices, and processes for improved leadership development within clusters, chapters, regions, and the continental UUMA body with particular attention to collegiality and collegial development.
Collegial accountability includes celebrating each other's good work and holding each other and ourselves to the standard and expectations articulated in our UUMA by-laws and guidelines. Accountability also includes participation in institutional leadership and collegial activities. The CDC will study best practices and will recommend ways to cultivate, support, and expand our culture of accountability.