MFN Retreat Dates and Information
The Ministerial Formation Network is pleased to announce the 2020-21 series of Virtual Retreats for Aspirants and Candidates for Unitarian Universalist Ministry. As our Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities continue to adjust and grow in the midst of the pandemic, we seek to create memorable and meaningful opportunities for discernment, collegiality, and learning for those who are preparing for a life in ministry. We will be on Zoom for approximately 10 hours of programming over the days noted, so please note that access to the internet will be necessary for participation.
Registration is limited to 25 people per retreat, as we strive to create an intimate yet manageable experience using an online format. Retreats are open to those who are an Aspirant or a Candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry and a member in good standing of the UUMA. (If you are not yet a member and would like to become one, please click here.) MFN participants are invited to one free retreat per year.* Because registration will be limited, we ask that you please review the dates and themes and register for your preferred dates as soon as you can!
*Note: If you are a new MFN participant who wants to participate in the Winter Intern retreat for people of marginalized identities, and you wish to attend one of the fall retreats as well, please contact Steven Leigh Williams, Collegial Care Assistant.
Retreat dates 2020-2021:
Fall 2020 Open Retreats
- October 16-17 (Friday 3p-6p PT/6p-9p ET; Saturday 7a-10a & 11a-3p PT/10a-1p & 2p-6p ET)
- October 24-25 (Saturday 9a-12p & 1p-5p PT/12p-3p & 4p-8p ET; Sunday 12p-4p PT/3p-7p ET)
Theme: Tradition & Transformation
As Unitarian Universalists respond to the callings of our times, how do our traditions inform our future? In what ways do we need to grieve and change “the way we've always done it”? What are you called to create in your ministry moving forward? Programming will include a focus on sacred stories, conflict, and systemic change.
Winter 2021 Specialized Retreat Program
Specifically designed for MFN participants with Marginalized Identities serving in parish internships, with their supervisors.
January 29-30 (Friday 3p-6p PT/6p-9p ET; Saturday 7a-10a & 11a-3p PT/10a-1p & 2p-6p ET)
Theme: Partners in Process
If you are a MFN participant who is interning this year and identify as POCI, disabled, trans and/or non-binary, we invite you to register for this free retreat, along with your supervisor. The retreat will be held online. We’ll spend time during the retreat all together, as breakout groups of supervisors and interns and in intern/supervisor pairs.
Programming for interns will focus on:
- relationship building
- spiritual practice
- discernment and formation
- support navigating dynamics of systemic oppression in your internship
- building capacity for resilience and strengthening networks of support
Programming for internship supervisors will focus on:
- supervision across difference
- noticing and understanding the impact that systemic oppression may have upon the intern and the internship and developing capacity for support and response
- planning to bring the learning back home, especially to internship committees
Spring 2021 Specialized Retreat Program
Specifically designed for Community Ministers in Formation (Chaplains, Entrepreneurial Ministers, Institutional and those discerning careers outside of the Parish).
March 2021 (Saturday/Sunday March 6-7)Times & Presenters TBA
Theme: To Whom Do You Belong?
In community ministry, there can be complex webs of accountability, authority and responsibility. How do our inner resources, collegial connections, and professional obligations meet and merge through the fellowshipping process and in diverse vocational fields?
About the Ministerial Formation Network
The MFN is funded by grants from the Panel on Theological Education, the St. Lawrence Foundation, the Fund for Unitarian Universalism, the Stevens Fund and by a portion of the UUMA budget. We are very grateful to the generosity of our funders. We do not charge a participation fee. Participants support the program by paying their dues to the UUMA.