Commissioned Lay Ministry

Our mission is to promote the prophetic vision of ministries grounded in inclusivity, collegiality, and spiritual integrity.

Most 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 have gone through chaplaincy board certification and/or work as institutional chaplains in hospitals, prisons, hospice centers, etc.

Resources are provided to help you understand what commissioning is and what institutional support is recommended for commissioning. It offers a growing set of sample covenants, agreements, vestments, and congregational structures.

If you have questions about the materials here, we invite you to contact the Commissioning Working Group or refer to the UUSCM Code of Practice, the Guide to Best Practices for Community Ministry, and Guidelines for Covenantal Relationships for Lay Community Ministers.

The Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries.

Please contact our administrator,

Rev. Inanna Arthen
325 Lakeview Dr.
Winchendon, MA 01475 

(978) 297-1730

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