|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 anticipate using ZOOM or another online portal 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 submit your application with rank choice dates as soon as you can! Confirmations will be sent starting early September, 2020.
Please complete this form to submit your preference of retreat dates and to be included in retreat mailing list.
*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
*registration placement will be confirmed starting early September.
Theme: Tradition & Transformation
Winter 2021 Specialized Retreat Program
Specifically designed for MFN participants with Marginalized Identities serving in parish internships, with their supervisors.
January 29/30 (Friday afternoon - Saturday afternoon)
Theme: Partners in Process
Programming for interns will focus on:
Programming for internship supervisors will focus on:
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 (DATE PENDING Saturday/Sunday March 6-7 or 12-13)
Theme: To Whom Do You Belong?
Summer 2021 Open Retreat
Ministry Days Adjacent or Online – date/time details TBA
Theme: Life Calls Us On!
(Note: This event is not on the Fall 2020 retreat application form; we will be in communication as plans are clarified!)
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.