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Becoming a Unitarian Universalist Minister

"Do You Feel Called to the Ministry?"

Welcome, and thank you for considering becoming a member of our professional ministry!

I'm Rev. David Pettee, Director of Ministerial Credentialing. Chris Spiegel, Ministerial Credentialing Administrator; Amy Wallace, Ministerial Credentialing Assistant; and I are here to answer questions and provide information when:

  • You are considering the ministry
  • You want information about becoming a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister
  • You are in process toward UU ministerial credentialing and need specific information

We invite you to watch these YouTube videos that answer many questions:

We also communicate the requirements of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) relating to:

Our office works closely with the Regional Sub-Committees on Candidacy (RSCC) and the Internship Clearinghouse.

NEWS: The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) will run two different programs in the winter and spring in collaboration with professors from Starr King School for Ministry and Meadville Lombard. 

UU Seminarians Program will be to the border for immigration justice and one will be to Brooklyn for Hurricane Sandy recovery. Each of these experiential opportunities will be embedded in regular seminary courses of study, and students will receive academic credit for their participation.

Blessings on your journey,

Rev. David Pettee, Director of Ministerial Credentialing, mcodirector @

Ms. Chris Spiegel, Ministerial Credentialing Administrator, mcoadministrator @

Ms. Amy Wallace, Ministerial Credentialing Assistant, mco @

Preparation for UU Ministry

This material is to help you understand the process of preparing for ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) whether you are just beginning theological school, transferring credentials from another denomination or seeking plural fellowship. Granting preliminary fellowship indicates that the UUA formally recognizes a person is a UU minister.

Requirements for Ministerial Fellowship with the UUA

This booklet and appendix include the information found on this page and additional resources you will need:

For more information contact mco @

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Last updated on Monday, November 3, 2014.

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