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The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Official Endorser is the only officially recognized endorsing person for Unitarian Universalist applicants for Military Chaplain Candidate Programs, Active Duty Military Chaplains, National Guard/Reserve Chaplains, Civil Air Patrol Chaplains, Merchant Marines, and other federally recognized military/government branches and agencies.
Ecclesiastical approval for the Chaplain Candidate Program may be given to persons in aspirant or candidate status in graduate school of theology or seminary who apply during their first or second year of full-time enrollment and who qualify for the Chaplain Candidate Program. The applicant should be in the process of obtaining ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association and be working toward ordination. If the aspirant or candidate remains in good standing with the UUA, makes normal progress, and meets all other stipulated requirements, he or she may then be considered for endorsement for Active Duty, Armed Forces Reserves, or National Guard ministry after graduation and acceptance into fellowship. Advancement to Ecclesiastical Endorsement would take place after successful interview with the Official Endorser, and it would not be necessary to obtain additional experience prior to such Endorsement.
Only the Official Endorser may grant ecclesiastical endorsement for Active Duty/Reserve/National Guard and Veterans Affairs after interview with applicants who are ordained, in fellowship with the UUA, and meet all military age, educational and physical requirements. To be endorsed for Active Duty, applicants (other than those who have been approved Chaplain Candidates) are expected to have at least two years of demonstrated pastoral ministry experience. The Official Endorser may establish other criteria. Exception may be made by the Official Endorser for ministers already ordained and credentialed in another tradition who are seeking transfer of those credentials to the UUA and who have reached the equivalency of Aspirant status.
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.
Candidates for Ecclesiastical Approval as Chaplain Candidates must:
Candidates for Ecclesiastical Endorsement as an Active Duty Chaplain must:
Candidates for Ecclesiastical Endorsement as National Guard and/or Reserve Chaplains must:
Candidates for Ecclesiastical Endorsement as Veteran's Affairs Chaplains must:
Candidates for Ecclesiastical Endorsement as Civil Air Patrol and/or State Militia Chaplains must:
Transfer Candidates for Ecclesiastical Endorsement must:
Candidates seeking either Ecclesiastical Endorsement or Approval must:
Ecclesiastical endorsement or approval is initially granted for three years, then subject to review and renewal for indefinite period. For those seeking to transfer their credentials, the ecclesiastical endorsement will be reviewed every six months to ensure that the chaplain is making satisfactory progress toward fellowship with the UUA. Should the Chaplain fail to submit required annual reports, be removed from fellowship with the UUA or fail to make progress toward fellowship status, renounce their ministerial fellowship, be convicted of either a felony or crime of moral turpitude, or should their military (active duty, reserve, or National Guard) status be revoked or terminated, then endorsement and/or approval can be immediately revoked.
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Last updated on Sunday, January 8, 2012.
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