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Ministers who wish to become a Chapter Good Officer should express their interest to their chapter’s nominating committee.  Once a Good Officer has been duly nominated and voted into the role by their chapter, chapter leadership must complete the nomination form (click here) and the person elected must complete the ratification form (click here). To review the expectations for Chapter Good Officers click here (see below)

Ministers who wish to become a Dedicated Good Officer may apply directly to the UUMA Executive Director (click here). To review the expectations for Dedicated Good Officers click here (see below)


Expectations & Practices for Chapter Good Officers

Expectations

  • 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.

Practices

  • 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.

Expectations for Dedicated Good Officers

Expectations

  • 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.
  • Receive referrals from Chapter Good Officers to work with ministers with historically marginalized identities who would like Good Officer assistance negotiating his/her/their Letter of Call.
  • Represent the Good Officer program in collegial settings including at identity group gatherings such as Finding Our Way Home and the TRUUST retreat including:
    • (re) introducing the Dedicated Good Officer Team for your identity community
    • describing the Dedicated Good Officer services
    • inviting further consultation
    • consider offering specific topic webinars or in person programming about topics related to Good Offices
  • 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.

Practices

  • 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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