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Update September 4, 2020: All funds available from the Spiritual Direction assistance program have been disbursed. For this reason we are currently not accepting applications for assistance.  When funds become available again we will reopen the application. 

Thanks to a generous gift from the Anne Warren Smith Trust (Rev. Amy Beltaine, TTE), the UUMA has established a fund to provide financial assistance to Unitarian Universalist religious professionals who wish to access spiritual direction.  Gifts from the fund will be disbursed to religious professionals who demonstrate financial need in accord with the following priorities: 

  1. aspirants and candidates in preparation for ordained and fellowshipped Unitarian Universalist ministry, especially those participating in the Ministerial Formation Network. 
  2. lay and ordained Unitarian Universalist ministers, especially those whose ministries are recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries, the Liberal Religious Educators Association, the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network or the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.

Funds must be used for accessing spiritual accompaniment with an accredited Spiritual Director who works in compliance with the professional code of ethics set forth by Spiritual Directors International or other equivalent body.  To apply for financial assistance from this fund, please click here (applications are not being accepted as of 9/4/20). 

To make a contribution to the fund in order to ensure it remains available as a resource for those seeking spiritual accompaniment, click here

Policy for Distribution of Spiritual Direction Assistance Funds 

Award Amounts: Applicants may apply for partial assistance (either 25 or 50%) for up to 4 session in any given year.

Application Timeline: The UUMA will accept applications on an ongoing basis, so long as funds remain available. New applications will be considered monthly so there may be a few weeks delay between an application being received, considered and applicant notified of a response. 

Application Frequency: Applicants can submit for consideration of assistance once every twelve months. 

Financial Need Documentation: Documentation presented can include either the most recent tax return (first page) or a detailed list of income and expenses.

Documentation required to receive awarded funds: Those who have received awards should submit a receipt for payment of their sessions to the UUMA with a request for reimbursement of the award percentage – either 25 or 50%. Receipts and requests for reimbursement can be submitted here

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