The UUMA is inviting applications from ministers with historically marginalized identities who are interested in serving as a Dedicated Good Officer for other ministers with historically marginalized identities. This follows the model we have been using increasingly at UUMA events of inviting a person of color to serve as a Dedicated Chaplain for people of color. We hope to expand our Good Officer corps to include ministers of color, trans, genderqueer and non-binary ministers and ministers with disabilities who would like to offer Good Offices services to other ministers who share those identities. Dedicated Good Officers will be full members of the Good Officer corps - the difference is that rather than having a chapter full of colleagues as their focus for support, Dedicated Good Officers will have a community of ministers who share an identity as their focus for support.
If you are interested in becoming a Dedicated Good Officer, please complete an application by April 4. If you know someone who you think would be an excellent Dedicated Good Officer, please encourage them to apply. We will appoint Dedicated Good Officers by the beginning of May. Our hope is that all new Dedicated Good Officers will be able to attend the Good Officer training that will be held prior to Ministry Days and available to begin serving immediately afterwards. In addition to diversifying our Good Officer corps, we also plan to offer training for all Good Officers to continue developing their ability to serve in ways that are anti-racist and anti-oppressive. Many more possibilities for strengthening this ministry are under consideration and we'll report back more to you in the future after we have had a chance to fully digest the feedback you have provided and consider what it tells us about how to grow this vital ministry.