Donuts and Discussion is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 10:35am-10:55am to discuss the activities at a typical General Assembly and this proposed bylaw change:  Article XIII- Section B. Additional Minister: Additional Minister shall be a minister in fellowship with the UUA or be a credentialed minister in another denomination and hold Aspirant or Candidate status for fellowship with the UUA.

Proposed Bylaw Change

Present Language- Article XIII- Section B. Additional Minister:  Additional Minister shall be a minister in fellowship with the UUA.

Current proposed new language: Article XIII- Section B. Additional Minister: Additional Minister shall be a minister in fellowship with the UUA or be a credentialed minister in another denomination and hold Aspirant or Candidate status for fellowship with the UUA.

Proposed Suggested change: Article XIII- Section B. Additional Minister: Additional Minister shall be a minister in fellowship with the UUA or shall be a credentialed member of the clergy in another denomination who also holds Aspirant or Candidate status for fellowship with the UUA.

Rationale for the change:

  • Opens up to people who were trained in other congregations (thereby increasing the total pool and with it more access to diverse candidates), but also ensures they will be held to UU standards of conduct, background, practice, etc.  With the engagement in UUA fellowship process, we can be assured that they will have for example psychological profile, examination of level experience, professional recommendations, etc. They will also be recognized as a part of our UU clergy, which will promote positive networking and professional support, which is in UUCA’s best interest.

 

  • It is not sufficient to have it be simply “in fellowship or in Aspirant or Candidate status” without requiring credentials with another denomination (as suggested in some of the comments during December meeting, and also as per the original proposed change), because both Aspirant and Candidate status is a very low bar. To be an Aspirant, one need not have had any theological training at all, only to have been accepted into a program — it is basically just registering interest. A Candidate must have started theological school, but not much more — The bar of Partial Fellowship is much higher. By accepting credentials from another denomination, we are assuming that a thoughtful standard has been applied and that a certain amount of experience has been acquired.

 

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