The Unitarian Universalist 
Society for Community Ministries

Commissioned Ministry Background

Commissioned Community Ministers are laity who are in a formal ministerial relationship with a Unitarian Universalist congregation.

Some Commissioned Community Ministers are or have been clergy in other denominations, and many hold Master of Divinity Degrees or higher. Many are employed in religious leadership positions (such as institutional chaplains).

Our organization permits Commissioned Community Ministers to use either secular or academic titles, or, optionally, to use the title "Deacon." Some may wear the distinctive stole of the Diaconate (a stole worn over the left shoulder as a sash) when engaging in ceremonial activities.

A Gorgeous Example of  a Deacon Stole, 

 by Holy Cloaks

Image Credit: Laurie Philips

Used with permission

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