Ministerial Fellowship Committee solicits feedback

The Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association is beginning a review of the competencies required of candidates seeking fellowship as UU ministers. This review follows several years of study by the UUA Board of Trustees and the UUA administration as part of the Excellence in Ministry initiative begun by the Board.

In the first stage of the review the MFC will be seeking the advice of the many parties and organizations that have a stake in ministerial excellence. They include the UUA Board, the administration, professional ministry organizations, seminaries, candidates themselves, and various other UU groups. The Rev. Wayne Arnason, chair of the MFC, also invites comments from individual members of congregations about areas of ministerial competency that are important to them. The MFC can be reached at

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UUA moderator candidates begin campaigning

Congregational delegates at the 2013 General Assembly in Louisville, Ky., will elect a UUA moderator who will take the place of Gini Courter, who has served as moderator since 2003. In the months before the election, the two candidates—Jim Key and Tamara Payne-Alex—will be making appearances at district and regional events, as well as speaking to congregations. Information about their campaigns and about the responsibilities of the UUA moderator can be found on their respective websites, and Profiles of Payne-Alex and Key appear at

The moderator, a volunteer position, is the UUA’s chief governance officer. The moderator chairs the UUA board of trustees and the plenary (business) sessions at the annual General Assembly. The moderator also meets regularly with national committees, regional groups, and leaders of Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country.