Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Membership Counts: E-Update

Volume 3 Issue 12 ~ December 2012

Dear UUMA Member,

Last Friday I did something I haven't done since February 2000 - go to Boston to await a decision from the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. Our part-time Program Coordinator, Jennifer Channin, had a successful interview and received a one from the committee. While I waited for Jennifer I chatted with the chaplain, candidates and friends and family who were waiting too. I remembered the day I visited the MFC and the wonderment of what was going to happen to my life and the lives of those closest to me based on the results of that interview.

I'm sorry to say I don't remember much how the UUMA was involved in my formation and preparation for that day with the MFC. I attended Starr King which meant I was fortunate to meet many ministers who were generous with their time and support. I attended the local UUMA chapter retreat in my last year and I built many close collegial connections which continue to nurture my spirit and life today.

One of the most important goals of the UUMA since we have expanded our staff and programming is to serve every UUMA member more effectively. We are working on new programs and initiatives with retired ministers and community ministers; we are beginning exploring ways we can work more closely with our interim ministers and, especially in the last month, we are creating plans and partnerships to better support students and candidates.

Last month I attended a meeting with several other UUMA members and UUA staff to review existing "in-care" programs which support and nurture seminarians in non-UU schools. I am part of the UUA/UUMA mentoring task force which is creating a plan and training to strengthen and expand mentoring, especially for students and ministers of color. Earlier this year I met with a group of our youngish ministers and UUA staff members to brainstorm what we can to so that we improve our process and practice of recruiting and support for new ministers. We have named this work the "Next Generation Project" and you will be hearing more about it in the months ahead.

I’m excited about all of these initiatives; I hope you are too. If we at the UUMA are serious about nurturing excellence in ministry - and we are - we must continue to find ways to leverage collaboration and collegiality so that everyone who walks into that meeting with the MFC knows they have 1700 colleagues walking in with them. And know it for the rest of their days.


Don Southworth
UUMA Executive Director

Feedback to Guidelines Committee Due Jan. 2013

Your UUMA Guidelines Committee reminds you that they are asking for chapter and cluster feedback on the proposed changes to the guidelines by January. Feedback can be given by clicking on the button on the lower right hand of the UUMA home page (click here if you are a member giving feedback) or by sending an email to guidelinescommittee@uuma.org. The Guidelines Committee will recommend the language for a final vote to the UUMA Board who will put in on our June 2013 annual meeting agenda. In addition to member feedback, the committee is also looking for feedback from those who facilitated chapter conversations. (Click here if you are facilitator giving feedback)

2013 Institute Registration
Closes on December 15

Great friends. Great views. Great worship. Great opportunities for learning and growing. The second UUMA CENTER Institute for Excellence starts in 57 days. But you have only 12 days left to register and join over 425 colleagues for a very special week. Registrations cannot and will not be accepted after December 15. To register click here. To register for you housing (which must be done separately) visit this site.

If you are already registered keep an eye on your snail mail box for your pre-Institute packet. On December 14 look for the first Countdown to the Institute email which will have all the details you need to have a great experience. If you need child care for the Institute register your child(ren) by Dec. 15 so that we may plan accordingly. You can register online at: www.uuma.org/event/childcare. If you are interested in being a chaplain or seminar assistant let us know at http://www.uuma..org/?page=opportunities.Questions about registrations lodging or child care should be directed to Janette. If you have program or schedule questions please email Don.

Nominating Committee Seeks Applications

The UUMA Nominating Committee makes recommendations to the UUMA Board of Trustees for all Board of Trustees Positions, the Berry Street Conference Committee, and the Nominating Committee.

If you are interested in learning more about a certain position you may review the job description or contact the current portfolio holder directly with any questions. You may contact the full Nominating Committee by using the email nomcom@uuma.org. Click here to complete the online UUMA Leadership Application.

Positions to be elected in June 2013:
  • BoT: VicePresident
  • BoT: Anti Racism, Anti Oppression, Multiculturalism
  • BoT: Continental Good Officer
  • Berry Street Essay Committee
  • Nominating Committee Member

Allies for Racial Equity Conference Mar 13-15, '13

The annual Allies for Racial Equity Conference will be held March 13-15, 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford (Illinois). In addition to the wonderful keynote speakers, we have an afternoon long training by Beth Zemsky on skill building for intercultural competency and an excellent line up of workshops, including one designed specifically for seminarians and newly in fellowship white Unitarian Universalist ministers. For more information - and to register - go to the ARE website at (click here)

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Please share your questions, feedback and ideas!
Thank you for your service in the world and for your commitment and passion for ministry.

Rev. Don Southworth, Executive Director
UU Ministers Association
25 Beacon St. Boston, MA 02108
617-848-0416 (phone) ~ 617-848-8122 (fax)