Ministry

2008 ACM OttawaMinistry is the art of growing healthy and harmonious connections; connection with our inner self, with one another, with the planet, with the greater whole. These connections may come through joyful singing, shared meals, working for a better society, or simply by being outside one summer’s night and watching the stars. Each of us has a role to play in making these connections, as we care for one another and work together in the shared ministry of our communities.

Some among us choose to dedicate their lives to our spiritual orientation. Unitarian Universalist ministers support our communities in living out a UU understanding of the world, through celebrating our unique rituals, teaching our history and theology, and encouraging the practical expression of our seven principles. The Inuit has a term isumataq, which can be translated as “the person who creates the atmosphere in which wisdom reveals itself”. Our ministers don’t have all the answers, or even all the questions, but they work to create the atmosphere for each of us to grow in spirit.

Professional Ministry in Canada (UUMOC)

The Unitarian Universalist Ministers of Canada (UUMoC) is the professional association of Unitarian and UU ministers for Canada. UUMoC is an all-Canadian chapter within the larger Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA).

Ministry in our Congregations: There are several options for congregations considering ministry. This guide will help you understand them.

Considering Ministry: For individuals considering professional UU ministry seeking more information about credentialing and ministerial studies.

Theological Education Fund: Students who have been granted Candidate Status are eligible to apply for the CUC’s Theological Education Fund bursary.

The CUC also provides administrative resources for professional ministry.

Ministerial Transitions

Whether beginning the search for your first minister or saying goodbye to your congregation’s long-time leader, CUC staff offer support for all ministerial transitions.

Congregations seeking assistance with ministerial transitions, or who are considering ministerial leadership for the first time should contact CUC Congregational Development staff at cd@cuc.ca.

Ministry Resources for Congregations

Shared Ministries are an important part of our church communities. The ministry of the congregation is not uniquely a responsibility of the professional minister, but a shared undertaking. Together we build community, nurture leadership and live out our UU values.

Selected sermons by Canadian UU ministers are available on our website. You are welcome to share these works as you see fit, but please remember to give credit to the author. (Some older sermons are also available here.)

Sharing Our Faith worship resources offer complete service packages celebrating Canadian Unitarian Universalism.