UUSCM BCCi Faith Endorsement Process


The UUSCM Faith Endorsement is a focused assessment of Unitarian Universalists seeking endorsement for BCCi certification.

The UUSCM created the Faith Endorsement for BCCi in collaboration with the UUA to provide UU’s who are called to professional chaplaincy with an option for endorsement that does not also require receiving fellowship from the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee. The UUSCM Faith Endorsement is strictly applicable for the purpose of achieving BCCi certification as a professional chaplain or pursuing the ACPE education required for BCCi certification.

Applicants for UUSCM Faith Endorsement must complete and submit a series of requirements that demonstrate their active engagement with the UU faith, awareness and knowledge of UU values and identity, and a commitment to live into those values as a BCCi chaplain.

The requirements include essays about UU engagement and identity, passing a real-time interview with the UUSCM Endorsement Panel, and a demonstration of a commitment and progress towards preparation as a professional chaplain.

Endorsements granted by UUSCM are granted for a period of five (5) years before a renewal process is required, coinciding with the 5 year review and evaluation process required to maintain BCCi certification. Endorsed Chaplains are required to meet ongoing UUSCM requirements and be renewed periodically.

These requirements are established by the UUSCM and are subject to change. Please complete the UUSCM Endorsement Inquiry & Registration or contact uuscministry@gmail.comfor the latest Faith Endorsement information.

Upcoming Key Dates & Process

     Rolling - UUSCM Endorsement Inquiry & Registration

     February 15, 2022 - Deadline for Faith Endorsement consideration by June 15, 2022

     March 15, 2022 - Notification to Applications regarding application and interview dates

     April/May 2022 - Scheduled interview date with the UUSCM Endorsement Panel. Due to the pandemic, these will happen via zoom until further notice.

     June 15, 2022 - Notification of Faith Endorsement decision.

Stage 1: Endorsement Application Requirements

     UUSCM Endorsement Inquiry & Registration (required to receive Faith Endorsement application form and current requirements)

     Endorsement Application Form

     Current UUSCM Membership

     Sponsoring Congregational Letter of Affiliation and Covenant of Right Relationship

     Personal Statement demonstrating grounding and knowledge in Unitarian Universalism (Maximum 500 words)

     Required Coursework related to Unitarian Universalism

     Required Unitarian Universalist Reading

     Attending real-time Endorsement Interview

     Documentation of completing, or progress towards, BCCi/APC requirements

     Statement of progress and anticipated plan towards completing requirements

     Copy of a clinical contact/verbatim

     Copy of academic transcripts

     Application Fee of $150 USD. A financial hardship reduced fee of $50.00 USD  with a financial hardship is available upon request.

     Optional but encouraged: Engage with a UUSCM Chaplain Mentor.

Stage 2: Endorsement Interview & Decision

     Candidates who meet the application requirements will be invited for a real-time interview

     Interview will focus on your commitment to Unitarian Universalism, and your capacity to represent Unitarian Universalism beyond the congregational setting.

     Post-Interview candidates will receive a phone call informing them of the endorsement panel decision within 48 hours. An email documenting the decision will follow.

     Panel decisions are as follows:

     Endorsement Granted. No further action required.

     Endorsement Provisionally Granted. Additional work to address concerns must be completed.

     Endorsement Delayed. Additional work and a second interview are required.

     Endorsement Denied. You may appeal the decision through the UUSCM Good Officer.

Stage 3: Maintaining Endorsement

     UUSCM will directly inform BCCi/APC of your Unitarian Universalist Faith Endorsement.

     Adhere to the UUSCM Code of Ethics

     Maintaining your Congregational Affiliation. Provide any changes to your affiliation to UUSCM.

     Notify UUSCM of any changes to your BCCi/APC status.

     Renewal Application.

     Optional but encouraged: UUSCM Chaplain Mentor,  Chaplain Commissioning Ceremony

Historically Marginalized Identities

UUSCM is committed to removing barriers faced by individuals who have been historically marginalized as a result of their identity.  Candidates are encouraged to contact UUSCM should they experience a barrier, provide details of barrier, and provide a proposed alternative that would satisfy the spirit and requirements of the UUSCM Credentialed Chaplain endorsement process.


UUSCM holds all endorsed chaplains to the UUSCM Code of Ethics and requirements for maintaining endorsement. In the event of a sustained grievance against an endorsement chaplain, UUSCM may determine consequences including revoking endorsement privileges. Please contact UUSCM uuscministry@gmail.com regarding any grievance or questions about the process.

BCCi Faith Endorsement Requirement

BCCi values the work of discernment and endorsement undertaken by the many spiritual and faith groups who prepare and support leaders for service within their organizations and as public representatives. We look to our endorsers for confirmation of certified chaplain’s spiritual/religious identities and practices. For more information about BCCi, please visit https://bcci.professionalchaplains.org/.


Endorsement Process Panelists

Justin Almeida

Rev. Justin William Almeida (he/they)

Veterans Administration of Puget Sound

Seattle, Washington

John Cooper

Rev. John Cooper (he/him)

Huntsman Cancer Institute

Salt Lake City, Utah

Reverend Jennifer S Dant, MDiv, BCC (she/her)

Staff Chaplain, Naples Community Healthcare System

Naples, Florida

Rev. Rebekah Ingram (she/her)

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

East Walpole, Massachusetts

Rev. Kelly Spahr (she/her)

Lifetime Home Care and Hospice

Rochester, New York

The Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries

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

(978) 297-1730

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