|Information for New Members|
Welcome to the UUMA!
The UUMA is the professional organization for Unitarian Universalist ministers. The mission of the UUMA is to nurture excellence in ministry through collegiality, continuing education and collaboration.
A good place to start is to get connected with your local chapter. There are twenty chapters of the UUMA, organized geographically, each of which meets regularly for continuing education and collegiality. You can find a list of chapters here. Each chapter has its own page on this website listing upcoming events and chapter leadership. The best way to get connected is to reach out to your chapter leadership. They can let you know what is happening in your area.
You might also want to check out our calendar of events. We list both national and chapter events here, so it's a good place to find out what coming up.
Besides regular chapter meetings, the UUMA offers various programs for members in different stages of ministry:
Ministry Days: Ministry Days is an annual, two-day conference for all UUMA members that takes place just before the UUA's General Assembly. The conference includes worship, continuing education programming, meetings regarding the business of the Association, and ample time to connect with colleagues.
Coaching: Coaching is designed for ministers in final fellowship and is a powerful tool for meeting personal and professional goals. Through directed conversation, a coach can help you identify, set, and reach the right action-oriented goals for your work, during 8 to 12 coaching sessions over a one-year period. All of our coaches are UUMA members with expertise in specific areas of ministry (Growth, Staff Supervision, etc.), and have been trained in the art of coaching.
Our Board of Trustees, elected by the membership, sets the mission, vision and policies for the Association. Our Executive Team, pro-tem, who is hired and supervised by the Board of Trustees, is charged with fulfilling the mission and vision.
All Regular, Life and Associate members of the UUMA are eligible to vote in the Annual Meeting, which takes place in June each year. Student members receive all benefits of membership except the right to vote. The Annual Meeting is where we elect leaders, vote on the budget for the coming year, and discuss changes to the By-laws and Guidelines.
There are seven paid staff members. The current staff are:
Feel free to be in touch with any of the staff at any time with questions, concerns or ideas. You can address any program-related questions to Melissa or Darrick, and any administrative questions to Janette or Hannah.
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