|Categories of Community Ministers
This chart lists details regarding the three categories of Minister as understood by
the UU Society for Community Ministers (UUSCM)
||Lay Community Minister
|Description||Dedicated laity engaged in ministry to our larger world.|
|Discernment||Experience a "sense of call" to perform ministry.|
|UU Congregational Membership||Member of a UU Congregation|
(Church of the Larger Fellowship included).
|No Formal Ceremony or Ritual required for "Lay Ministry" relationship.
||Undergoes Commissioning Ceremony by a UU Congregation.
||Undergoes Ordination Ceremony with a specific religious communal tradition.
||Can be referred to as "Lay Community Minister." May use secular or academic titles.
||Can be referred to as "Commissioned Community Minister." Recommend to use only secular or academic titles or the title "Deacon."
||Referred to as clergy. Title of Reverend. May be referred to as "Affiliated Community Minister" if affiliated with a UU congregation. May be referred to as "Fellowshipped Community Minister" if in Fellowship with the UUA.
|UUSCM Professional Profile||May present credentials in public profile on UUSCM website.|
|Professional References||References required, ideally including one from Parish minister or Board chair.
||Reference the ordaining organization. Non-UUs may need other references.
|Professional Organization Membership/Relationship||Member of UUSCM and|
other professional organizations.
||UUSCM Code of Professional Practice.
||Follows UUSCM Code of Professional Practice; Commissioning Guidelines (Draft Here).
||Follows UUSCM Code of Professional Practice, and Affiliation Guidelines.
||No vestments when participating in congregational services.
||May wear vestments. May wear Diaconate Stole (worn as a sash).
||Wear vestments in congregational services, including a Clergy Stole worn around the neck.
||Includes youth and adult members, as well as those in transition to becoming ordained.
||Includes youth and adult members, and those who are in transition, who have been commissioned by their congregation; some who were ordained in a tradition or in an organization that is not widely recognized may choose commissioning; in addition, those in transition to becoming Fellowshipped and ordained as UU clergy may be commissioned by a congregation.
||May be ordained as UU or in another tradition.