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UUMA Dues Structure, Discounts, and Waivers

The UUMA continues to review the dues structure seeking to address the concerns and realities of a sliding dues scale while still presenting a balanced budget to ensure we have the resources to continue to live into our vision of a stronger, more effective association.

Dues are payable beginning July 1 and must be paid by October 15 to retain membership. The renewal process is dependent upon your profile containing correct information regarding your Salary & Housing and Ministry Setting. Please make sure your profile is up to date. You will be given an opportunity to update your profile at the start of the process. Installments (10 payments spread evenly between the day you renew and June 30) and Automatic Renewals (to process on July 1) are both available. If you wish to prepay your dues please contact Hannah Franco-Isaacs ( The online renewal system will be available beginning June 17.

While we acknowledge that there is no system that will be 100% equitable across all income levels we hope you will see that the spirit of this structure is intended to level the field as much as possible. Please remember that waivers are available for those unable to pay the minimum; we especially encourage those of you who are making less than $25,000 a year to consider asking for a waiver. Waivers must be requested by October 15. Although the chart does not extend past $100K, those making an income beyond that are welcome to pay 1.0% (0.5%) of their income.

A special note to members earning Canadian dollars: when going through the renewal process please first convert your Salary & Housing into US dollars so that you will be paying on the same scale as others.

Membership Categories:

  • Regular: Parish. Members whose ministry is primarily in the parish: See chart
  • Regular: Community. Members whose ministry is primarily in the community. See chart
  • Regular: Retired. Members who have retired from full time ministry through the MFC but plan to continue to work (in either a parish or community setting): See chart
  • Regular: Candidates & Aspirants for the Ministry (as approved by the UUA): See chart
  • Life Members: Members who have retired from full time ministry through the MFC and do not plan to seek employment : $0 (Contributions Welcome)

Additional Renewal Categories: 

  • One-Time Temporary Financial Hardship: $250/$125
  • Partial Waiver: Waivers are available to members earning less than $25,000 or who experience on-going financial hardship. Waivers will be given on a sliding scale.

Internal Membership Procedures:

  • Grace Period: Memberships are payable beginning June 17th (Prepay) and members will have online access until October 15th (106 days). Membership not renewed by Oct 15th will be in lapsed status and have to June 30th to renew and be re-instated. As of June 30th, any lapsed memberships will be dropped from membership.
  • New Members: Owe dues on a pro-rated basis.
  • Waivers: Waivers for membership renewal must be requested by Oct 15 and may not be granted for more than three years in a row without special circumstances. Members on disability will be granted a full waiver with SRI documentation. Beginning June 17, waivers can be requested online at

Waiver Sliding Scale (parish/non-parish):

  • First Year Requested: 75% off: $62/$31
  • Second Year Requested: 50% off: $125/$62
  •  Third Year Requested: 25% off: $188/$95

Full waivers granted on case by case basis.

Renewal Chart (July 1-June 30)

Salary Range: Your S&H (income) is between

Parish (1%)

Retired (.75%)

Can/Asp & Comm/Inter*

Retired (.025%)


$ 25,000.00





$ 25,001.00

$ 30,000.00





$ 30,001.00

$ 35,000.00





$ 35,001.00

$ 40,000.00





$ 40,001.00

$ 45,000.00





$ 45,001.00

$ 50,000.00





$ 50,001.00

$ 55,000.00





$ 55,001.00

$ 60,000.00





$ 60,001.00

$ 65,000.00





$ 65,001.00

$ 70,000.00





$ 70,001.00

$ 75,000.00





$ 75,001.00

$ 80,000.00





$ 80,001.00

$ 85,000.00





$ 85,001.00

$ 90,000.00





$ 90,001.00

$ 95,000.00





$ 95,001.00

$ 100,000.00





$ 100,001.00

and up





* Aspirants, Candidates, and Community based ministers,
and those serving outside the US/Canada

Discount Codes: If you belong to one of the following organization and it is necessary to your ministry*, you may use a discount code to deduct a portion of your dues. Associations are assigned codes based on their dues amount. One code is allowed per membership. If applying this code to your membership brings your dues amount below the minimum you are requested to pay the minimum.

Promo Code
American Academy of Religion
Assoc. for Clinical Pastoral Education
Assoc. of Professional Chaplains
Liberal Religious Educators Assoc.
Interim Ministry Network / Guild
UU Society for Community Ministries

 *If you are a member of an organization not listed here but which you are either required or encouraged to be a member of due to your ministry use the code 'Dues' for a $50 discount off your dues.


Salary & Housing: As reflected on US IRS Form W-2: Boxes 1 (Salary) and 14 (Housing) or equivalent.  (Feel free to subtract the FICA match if you receive that for social security.)

Necessary Organization: A membership in another organization which your employer generally expects or requires you to maintain to keep your position.

How to request a Full Waiver:

Members experiencing extreme financial hardship or full disability may request a waiver of dues. To apply online, go to

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