One of the greatest predictors of a successful ministry is for a clergy person to be supported by, and accountable to, a small group of colleagues. If you need more of that, consider joining a UUMA Collegial Small Group. The UUMA is experimenting with Collegial Small Groups this winter and invite you to participate. We know small groups are important and needed. Our hope is to find out how to use technology to reduce the barriers of participation in this kind of group.
We have three different types of small groups to choose from. Each group will have from six to ten participants:
Collegial Covenant Group: As ministers, no one knows better than we do how important it is to be embedded in a community of trust - our emotional and spiritual health depends upon it. We are spiritually fed by being in a trusted circle of people with whom we can be seen and known, supported and held accountable through all that our ministries and lives bring. This group will meet on the 4th Friday each month at 12pm EST/9am PST.
Witness to Social Justice in the Public Square: With the continuous rise of school shootings, racial injustices, police brutality, and climate destruction, more and more UU ministers are called upon to speak out and bear public witness. Using the proficiency level of the duty of social/public witness from Fulfilling the Call as a framework for our conversations, we will explore what it takes to bear witness and build the beloved community we dream of. This group will meet once a month beginning in January on a day and time to be determined soon. Show your interest in joining the group through the link below.
Community Ministers in Isolation: Community ministers can feel isolated in a room full of congregationaly based clergy, let alone at a secular hospital or not-for-profit. Your call to serve from a UU context is something that others know about, even if they are too far away to be in regular relationship with you. This identity targeted group's only qualifier is that you are a community minister and feel isolated in your context. This group will meet on the 1st Saturday each month at 11am EST/8am PST (2nd Sat in Jan).
To find out more about UUMA Collegial Small Groups, or to request to participate in one of our pilot groups click here.