A suggestion for re-vitalizing seminaries and ministry by Tom Schade

Denominational officials, and in our case, the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association, should require that ministers in final fellowship take a specified number of continuing education classes periodically. The MFC, acting in consultation with active ministers and school officials, might even suggest the broad kinds of courses that might be particularly useful for different types of ministers.

If done thoughtfully and with foresight, it would not only benefit the ministers, but also create a market for the seminaries to serve.

I think it would be a step in aligning the missions of the schools, the UUA, the UUMA, and the local congregations and agencies.

A host of complications would be required to work through: especially for community ministers who may not have employers who have any desire to be aligned with our UU-specific mission.


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