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Where Leads Our Call?

Frederic Buechner wrote, "To find our calling is to find the intersection between our own deep gladness and the world's deep hunger." Ministers' calls come in many different forms and from many different sources. The next UUMA-Wide Conversation will provide UUMA members the opportunity to reflect on their calls, imagine where they are being called today and tomorrow and how that call intersects with excellence in ministry.


The Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association's (UUMA) mission is to nurture excellence in ministry. Ministry is ancient and never changing and modern and always changing.  What are the impacts of these changes on ministers and on the congregations and communities they serve? In this challenging context, what are the theologies and practices that support striving for excellence in ministry and where do our calls lead us?


Our third UUMA-wide conversation, Where Leads Our Call?, address these questions and more.


The UUMA has partnered with Verity Jones, the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence and Parisa Parsa to develop this program. This program provides multiple opportunities for our members to meet in person and on-line to reflect on their calls and to articulate how and where to live those calls more fully.


Like our two previous UUMA-wide conversations we have trained a group of colleagues who are available to visit chapters or regions to offer the program. Where Leads Our Call? consists of two modules - Where Leads Our Call? - Call and Excellence and Where Leads Our Call? - Call and Accountability.  Each module takes approximately eight hours (the two can be combined in one 14-hour setting.)  We hope to offer some version of the program on-line beginning in 2017.  The program is available from the fall of 2015 to the late spring of 2018.

UUMA Connect will provide us with new tools to deepen this conversation in addition to the chapter and cluster gatherings we have used in the past. We plan on offering several modules for this program including topics such as


  • "The Theological/Spiritual Grounding for Nurturing Excellence in Ministry"

  • "Accountability and our Calls"

  • "Multiculturalism and Excellence"

  • "Where Are You Being Called Today and Tomorrow?"


These modules will be offered face to face and/or on-line. The topics will be part of ongoing conversations that can be facilitated through UUMA Connect.


If you have any questions, contact Don Southworth.


List of Facilitators:


Roger Bertschausen, Jill Cowie, Katie Lee Crane, Mark Gallagher, Jeffrey Gamblee,

Louise Green, Katherine Jesch, Evan Keely, Virginia Luke, Emily Melcher,

Samaya Oakley, Wendy Pantoja, Pamela Rumancik, Christina Sillari, Anastassia Zinke,

Julie Stoneberg, Anne Barker, Carl Gregg, Jann Halloran, Tera Little,

Dena McPhetres, Sara Zimmerman

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