UU International Minister Programs
Through the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ), the UUA offers several international programs for ministers. In locations throughout the world, these programs are designed to provide ministers with opportunities to broaden their ministerial experience, offer their expertise to international congregations, and deepen multicultural understanding.
The Natalie Gulbrandsen Ministerial Scholarship Fund for International Studies is available to ministers and seminarians wishing to live or study abroad.
- Germany (Short-term ministry)
Serve the Deutsche Unitarier Religiongemeinschaft (DU) — a lay-led community of 17 congregations in Germany — for two weeks. As part of the Albert Schweitzer Visiting Minister Program, you will be presented at a DU ceremony, deliver sermons to four congregations, and have the opportunity to take part in additional activities. Placement timing is flexible between September and June.
- Philippines (Sabbatical)
The UU Church of the Philippines offers experienced UU ministers the chance to spend three to four months of a sabbatical serving its congregations. Providing ministry and skill development in a variety of areas, you will deliver worship services, teach traditional classes, and guide less formal discussion groups for a total of approximately 20 hours per week.
- Mexico (Short-term ministry)
This visiting ministry program offers the chance to serve the 68-member Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, in existence since March 2006. As a visiting minister, you will speak at two Sunday Services, provide consultation to the board and committees, and facilitate lay leader training. The timing of visits is flexible.
- United Kingdom (Short-term ministry)
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.