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A-Z Index & Glossary of Unitarian Universalist Programs, Resources & Organizations

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MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education

Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Association presents the Angus H. MacLean award to a person who has made outstanding contributions to religious education.

Magi Network

To ensure that everyone whose life would benefit from the practice of Unitarian Universalist Christianity has access to and room in a nearby congregation.

Making Music Live

A simple guide to help you weave music into our Tapestry of Faith programs.

Marketing / Advertising

Actively sharing the good news of Unitarian Universalism with those who are new to our faith is part of the role of Unitarian Universalists everywhere.

Marshman and Fields Memorial Scholarship

The Barbara Marshman & Ann Fields Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a religious educator serving a Unitarian Universalist congregation who is engaged in graduate study.

Massachusetts Bay District (MBD)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering northeastern Massachusetts.

MBD (Massachusetts Bay District)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering northeastern Massachusetts.

MDD (Mountain Desert District)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Colorado, eastern Idaho, Montana, western Nebraska, New Mexico, western Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

Meadville Lombard Theological School

One of two Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminaries, Meadville educates students to become religious leaders who serve primarily UU congregations and ministries. Meadville is affiliated with the University of Chicago and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.

Meditation Manuals from the UUA Bookstore

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bookstore sells a variety of meditation manuals from Skinner House Books and other publishers.

Meditations: Words for Worship (Prayers)

Meditations, prayers, and blessings for use in Unitarian Universalist worship.

Melcher Book Award

The Frederic G. Melcher Book Award is given annually to a work published in the U.S. during the past calendar year judged to be the most significant contribution to religious liberalism.

Membership Totals (PDF)

Statistical summary of membership in Unitarian Universalist Association congregations.

Membership, Congregational

Resources about greeters, printed matter, publicity, newcomer classes, membership requirements, making first-time visitors feel welcome, helping newcomers decide to join, involving new members in the life of the congregation, and keeping longer-term members active.

Membership, Congregations in the UUA

Congregations unite in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to provide services that individual congregations cannot provide for themselves.

Memorial Services

There is no single, standard Unitarian Universalist memorial service or funeral. For information on memorial services or funerals within Unitarian Universalist congregations, please contact your local minister or district office.

Men's Network, Unitarian Universalist (UUMeN)

A continental membership organization for Unitarian Universalist men. Women are also welcome. Our purpose is to build a mature, liberal religious masculinity: male-positive, pro-feminist / womanist, gay-affirming, culturally and racially inclusive and diverse.

Metro New York District (MNYD)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering New York state from Long Island to Kingston, including metropolitan New York City, northern New Jersey, and southwestern Connecticut, plus two congregations in Pennsylvania.

Mexican Congregation

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

MFC (Ministerial Fellowship Committee)

The MFC has jurisdiction over all phases of ministerial credentialing. Candidates for ministerial fellowship are interviewed by the Committee before fellowship is granted. Additionally, the MFC has the authority to remove ministerial fellowship.

MFD (Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group)

This staff group serves Unitarian Universalism by creating healthy, transformative, multigenerational, and diverse ministries and religious education.

MGW (Multicultural Growth and Witness Staff Group)

This Unitarian Universalist Association staff group supports Unitarian Universalist congregations in building and sustaining justice-seeking, inclusive, multicultural faith communities.

Mid-Atlantic Community, Unitarian Universalist

An annual intergenerational summer institute with programs intended to strengthen the community and programs of churches, fellowships and societies within the Joseph Priestley and Metropolitan New York  Districts of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Mid-South District (MSD)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Alabama, northwestern and central Georgia, Mississippi, the panhandle of Florida, and First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

MidAmerica Region

The MidAmerica region of the Unitarian Universalist Association is comprised of three districts: Central Midwest, Heartland, and Prairie Star.

Midsize Congregations

Unitarian Universalist congregations with between 150 and 550 adult members are considered midsize.

Military Ministry, Unitarian Universalist (UUMM)

We believe that the door to religious freedom is always open and so are committed to offering Unitarian Universalist ministry to active military members.

Minister of Religious Education (MRE)

A minister who specializes in religious education, sometimes hired or called by a local congregation in addition to a parish minister. The Religious Education Credentialing Program works to strengthen Unitarian Universalist religious education through the continued development and professionalization of lay religious educators, and to provide a clear and effective system for standards and recognition of these achievements.

Ministerial Aid Funds

The Office of Church Staff Finances administers some funds that provide financial assistance to ministers in fellowship and other eligible persons.

Ministerial Credentialing

Resources for persons preparing for the Unitarian Universalist ministry, including the requirements of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC), information about theological schools, scholarship aid, and opportunities for field education, internships, workshops, and other programs.

Ministerial Development

Assistance for ministers in fellowship as they develop their skills and deepen their ministry.

Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC)

The MFC has jurisdiction over all phases of ministerial credentialing. Candidates for ministerial fellowship are interviewed by the Committee before fellowship is granted. Additionally, the MFC has the authority to remove ministerial fellowship.

Ministerial Scholarships

The Ministerial Credentialing Office administers scholarship funds available to students who are in aspirant or candidate status and who are enrolled in a Master of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister.

Ministers and Professional Religious Leaders

Browse or search our directory of Unitarian Universalist ministers and professional religious leaders.

Ministers Association, Unitarian Universalist (UUMA)

The professional organization for Unitarian Universalist ministers, governed by its membership through an annual meeting preceding General Assembly each year.

Ministers Code of Conduct (Code of Professional Practices, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association)

Covenant, Code of Conduct, Ethical Standards, Expectations of Conduct, Accountability Procedures, and Standards of Professional Practice from the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA).

Ministers' Partners and Spouses, Unitarian Universalist (UUMPS)

An informal, inclusive group that provides information and support for non-clergy partners of Unitarian Universalist ministers and ministerial students.

Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group (MFD)

This staff group serves Unitarian Universalism by creating healthy, transformative, multigenerational, and diverse ministries and religious education.

Ministry

Resources for professionals in ministries and faith development.

Ministry and Professional Leadership Staff Group (MPL)

This staff group (renamed to Ministries and Faith Development) serves Unitarian Universalism by creating healthy, transformative, multigenerational, and diverse ministries and religious education.

Ministry, Committee on (Committee on Ministry)

The Committee on Ministry is concerned with the spiritual health of the entire ministry of the congregation—as a reflection of mission fulfillment. This  Committee on Ministry model was invented in the early nineteen eighties and honed as a working model over an almost ten year period in a mid-sized congregation. This refinement brought it into being as an effective agent for keeping mission and ministry at the cutting edge of congregational life.

Misconduct, Professional

The Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Ethics and Safety, in addition to broad support for safe congregations and right relations, provides a system for response to complaints of professional misconduct that is grounded in principles of restorative justice and reconciliation.

Mission / Vision / Strategy / Goal Setting

The key to having a healthy, growing congregation is visionary shared leadership, both lay and professional.

MNYD (Metro New York District)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering New York state from Long Island to Kingston, including metropolitan New York City, northern New Jersey, and southwestern Connecticut, plus two congregations in Pennsylvania.

Moderator, Unitarian Universalist Association

As Chief Governance Officer, Gini Courter, Unitarian Universalist Association Moderator, presides at the General Assembly and at meetings of the Board of Trustees.

Money, Congregational

Recommended resources for congregational financial support and financial "best practices."

Moral Tales

A Tapestry of Faith program for children (grades 2-3) that attempts to provide children with the spiritual and ethical tools they will need to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist beliefs and values.

Mountain Desert District (MDD)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Colorado, eastern Idaho, Montana, western Nebraska, New Mexico, western Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

Mountain Retreat & Learning Centers, Inc. (The Mountain)

The Mountain is an ecologically conscious retreat center that has been inspiring people of all ages for more than 30 years with enriching programs, a caring environment and amazing beauty in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.

MPL (Ministry and Professional Leadership Staff Group)

This staff group (renamed to Ministries and Faith Development) serves Unitarian Universalism by creating healthy, transformative, multigenerational, and diverse ministries and religious education.

MRE (Minister of Religious Education)

A minister who specializes in religious education, sometimes hired or called by a local congregation in addition to a parish minister. The Religious Education Credentialing Program works to strengthen Unitarian Universalist religious education through the continued development and professionalization of lay religious educators, and to provide a clear and effective system for standards and recognition of these achievements.

MSD (Mid-South District)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) district covering Alabama, northwestern and central Georgia, Mississippi, the panhandle of Florida, and First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Multicultural Growth and Witness Staff Group (MGW)

This Unitarian Universalist Association staff group supports Unitarian Universalist congregations in building and sustaining justice-seeking, inclusive, multicultural faith communities.

Multicultural Growth, Office of

Part of the Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group, this office seeks to increase Unitarian Universalist congregations’ capacity to minister effectively in a multicultural world and make Unitarian Universalism a welcoming, inclusive, empowering, and just faith for Unitarian Universalists of all identities, especially people of marginalized races/ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism means nurturing a religious community where people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures see their cultural identities reflected and affirmed in every aspect of congregational life—worship, fellowship, leadership, governance, religious education, social justice, etc.

Multigenerational Congregations

Hosting multigenerational events and worship, building relationships across generations, and creating a community that honors the contributions and milestones of all ages.

Multigenerational Worship

Multigenerational worship more than having the children in the sanctuary once in a while for the same service the adults experience every week. "Multigenerational worship"recognizes that there is often a wide spectrum of ages present in our congregations—from the infant to the elder.

Multimedia

Explore Unitarian Universalism through our audio and video resources.

Murray Grove Retreat and Conference Center

Located near Barnegat Bay and close to the New Jersey coast, 90 minutes’ drive south of New York City and about the same distance east of Philadelphia, Murray Grove Retreat and Conference Center occupies twenty lovely partially-wooded acres.

Music

Music is an integral part of our worship culture—whether that music be European classical or African American blues. Find hymnals and songbooks, CDs of hymns and accompaniments, and other resources for music in your congregation.

Musician's Network, Unitarian Universalist (UUMN)

The professional organization for Unitarian Universalist (UU) musicians, whose mission is to advocate for music ministry in UU communities and support those who provide it.

my.UUA.org

my.UUA.org is an online system that enables congregations to view and change contact information for their members, lay leaders, and staff.

Mystics in Community, Unitarian Universalist

A community of Unitarian Universalists who share an interest in mysticism, in order to gain the rewards of mutual stimulation and support.

For more information contact web@uua.org.

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Last updated on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

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