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Qualifications and Process for Approval and Endorsement

The requirements set out in this document represent the ideal qualifications and processes for Ecclesiastical Approval and Endorsements. The Official Endorser may choose to waive specific provisions, should she/he believe that the applicant has sufficient background, experience, education and/or training that the spirit of the requirements or a specific requirement has been met. This waiver shall be granted by the Official Endorser in her/his sole discretion.

Ecclesiastical Approval Qualifications

Candidates for Ecclesiastical Approval as Chaplain Candidates must:

  1. Be a full-time graduate student at an Association of Theological School (ATS) accredited institution
  2. Be an Aspirant for ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), or receive exception from this requirement from the Official Endorser
  3. Be a member of a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation
  4. Meet age and physical requirements of the Armed Forces, Reserve, and/or National Guard, relative to place of service
  5. Receive favorable criminal background check (costs of which to be paid for by the applicant)
  6. Have ability to serve in situations where rank and line of authority are valued
  7. Understand the nature of military chaplaincy and have the ability to faithfully represent Unitarian Universalism in the carrying out of their responsibilities, as well as willingness to provide ministry to non-Unitarian Universalist personnel

Ecclesiastical Endorsement Qualifications

Candidates for Ecclesiastical Endorsement as an Active Duty Chaplain must:

  1. Be a minister in good standing and in fellowship with the UUA
  2. Either be in final fellowship, or if in preliminary fellowship have two years of pastoral experience demonstrating effective and excellent ministry; exception is made for those who have successfully completed the Chaplain Candidate program—for them acceptance into preliminary fellowship will be sufficient
  3. Be ordained by a UU congregation, or, if transfer member, be ordained by another religious tradition
  4. Meet age and physical requirements of the Armed Forces
  5. Receive favorable criminal background check (costs of which to be paid for by the applicant)
  6. Have ability to serve in situations where rank and line of authority are valued
  7. Understand the nature of military chaplaincy and have ability to faithfully represent Unitarian Universalism in the carrying out of their responsibilities, as well as ability and willingness to provide ministry to non-Unitarian Universalist personnel

Candidates for Ecclesiastical Endorsement as National Guard and/or Reserve Chaplains must:

  1. Be a minister in good standing and in fellowship with the UUA
  2. Either be in final fellowship, or if in preliminary fellowship have two years of pastoral experience demonstrating effective and excellent ministry; exception is made for those who have successfully completed the Chaplain Candidate program—for them acceptance into preliminary fellowship will be sufficient
  3. Be ordained by a UU congregation, or, if transfer member, be ordained by another religious tradition
  4. Meet age and physical requirements of the National Guard or applicable Reserve
  5. Receive favorable criminal background check (costs of which to be paid for by the applicant)
  6. Have ability to serve in situations where rank and line of authority are valued
  7. Understand the nature of multi-faith chaplaincy and have ability to faithfully represent Unitarian Universalism in the carrying out of their responsibilities, as well as ability and willingness to provide ministry to non-Unitarian Universalist personnel.

Candidates for Ecclesiastical Endorsement as Veteran’s Affairs Chaplains must:

  1. Be a minister in good standing and in fellowship with the UUA
  2. Either be in final fellowship, or if in preliminary fellowship have two years of pastoral experience demonstrating effective and excellent ministry, with exception made for those who have successfully completed the Chaplain Candidate program and been accepted into preliminary fellowship
  3. Be ordained by a UU congregation, or, if transfer member, be ordained by another religious tradition
  4. Meet age and physical requirements of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  5. Receive favorable criminal background check (costs of which to be paid for by the applicant)
  6. Have ability to serve in situations where rank and line of authority are valued
  7. Understand the nature of military chaplaincy and have ability to faithfully represent Unitarian Universalism in the carrying out of their responsibilities, as well as ability and willingness to provide ministry to non-Unitarian Universalist personnel

Candidates for Ecclesiastical Endorsement as Civil Air Patrol and/or State Militia Chaplains must:

  1. Be a minister in good standing and in fellowship with the UUA
  2. Either be in final fellowship, or if in preliminary fellowship have two years of pastoral experience demonstrating effective and excellent ministry, with exception made for those who have successfully completed the Chaplain Candidate program and been accepted into preliminary fellowship
  3. Be ordained by a UU congregation, or, if transfer member, be ordained by another religious tradition
  4. Meet age and physical requirements of the Civil Air Patrol and/or State Militia
  5. Receive favorable criminal background check (costs of which to be paid for by the applicant)
  6. Have ability to serve in situations where rank and line of authority are valued
  7. Understand the nature of military chaplaincy and have ability to faithfully represent Unitarian Universalism in the carrying out of their responsibilities, as well as ability and willingness to provide ministry to non-Unitarian Universalist personnel

For more information contact mpldirector @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

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