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Chapter Good Officers Ratification Form
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  • When elected or appointed, participate in the new Good Officer orientation.
  • Participate in the biennial UUMA Good Officers pre-Ministry Days day-long training for as long as you serve in the role.
  • Participate in the quarterly two-hour Good Officer Consultation Group sessions.
  • Participate in the annual video conference with UUA Congregational Life staff or Canadian Unitarian Council staff.
  • Ensure an annual email contact with each Chapter member to:
    • (re)introduce the Chapter Good Officer Team
    • describe the Chapter Good Officer service
    •  invite further consultation
  • Fulfill agreed Chapter expectations for:
    • initiating periodic personal contact with each Chapter member
    • offering specific topic video webinars to Chapter members
    • offering specific topic programs at Chapter gatherings
  • Ensure response to requests for counsel, support, representation or mediation.
  • Read the Good Officer Handbook and review each time you are asked to serve in the role ( (Handbook).
  • Read the UUMA Guidelines for Professional Ministry ( (Guidelines).
  • Be in touch with your Regional Lead and Congregational Life Staff when you will be working with them on a particular case.
  • If you need support at any time, call on the Good Officer Support Team.


  • To assist ministers in their professional relationship with one another:
    • facilitate discussion of a written covenant to define and guide the relationship;
    • provide counsel or support in assessing satisfaction in the relationship;
    • provide counsel, representation or mediation in negotiating terms for the continuation or termination of service interaction; and/or
    • provide counsel or support in seeking resolution of the tension through application to the UUMA Committee on Collegiality and Ethics and the Board of Trustees.
  • To assist a minister in a professional relationship with the UUA or its representatives:
    • provide counsel, support or representation in assessing satisfaction in the relationship, or in negotiating terms for its continuation; and/or
    • provide counsel, support or representation in response to a UUA staff/committee action related to questions or complaints regarding the minister's practice of ministry.

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