UU International Seminarian Programs
Borderlinks: Theology and Justice
United States (Arizona) and Mexico
March 22–29, 2014
In partnership with BorderLinks, UUCSJ has designed a journey for seminarians to explore the entwined issues of economic justice and immigration in the border areas of the United States and Mexico. Participants will visit maquiladoras (factories), study the ways economic policies such as NAFTA have shaped the border region, and be introduced to some economic alternatives that are being created by the communities in response to the current economic model. The journey will be grounded in theological reflection and contemplative practice, helping us deepen our understanding of the intersections between spirituality and justice activism.
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The Natalie Gulbrandsen Ministerial Scholarship Fund for International Studies is available to ministers and seminarians wishing to live or study abroad.
Other Seminarian Programs
Through the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ), the UUA offers several international programs for seminarians. In locations throughout the world, these programs are designed to provide seminarians with opportunities to grow in multicultural understanding as they serve communities and deepen their ministerial training.
- Uganda (Service learning)
Seminarian participants act as volunteer assistants for two to four weeks (or longer) at a primary school and orphanage that serves more than 500 children, many of which are orphans. While growing your knowledge of Unitarian Universalism in Uganda, you will teach, assist staff, and provide care and nurturance to the children. Placements can occur during any part of the year.
- India (Service learning)
Seminarian participants serve as volunteer assistants for two to three weeks at a home that is safe haven for 24 orphaned children. You will assist staff with providing loving care and support to the children, while also deepening your multicultural understanding. Placements will typically occur during July–August and December–January with some flexibility.
- Japan (Short-term ministerial training)
This is a special opportunity for UU seminarians at non-UU theological schools who are interested in international and interfaith engagement. Participants will spend two to three weeks experiencing and deepening their understanding of Shinto tradition, customs, and practices at one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. Placements are flexible but tend to be in summer or fall.
- United Kingdom (Short-term ministerial training)
Participants will work with the London district of Unitarian Churches and provide short-term supervised ministerial services to London-area congregations. The term of service is between 3 and 12 months. Supervision will be provided by local Unitarian ministers who are in fellowship with the UUA.
- Ghana (Service learning)
The UU United Nations Office has partnered with the Queen Mother’s Association, based in Odumase, since 2005. The partnership makes it possible for children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS to attend school. UUCSJ is currently developing an opportunity for a seminarian to work with the Queen Mother’s Association; check back soon for more details.