Unitarian Universalist Association
Spiritual Nourishment for Justice Ministry
Scholarship Opportunities for Growing Your Ministries & Nurturing Your Heart and Soul.
The work of ministry – justice ministry, in particular – can be difficult isolating work. While that may be true, it can also be wonderfully rewarding to share that work with others on the journey. The UUA’s Side with Love and Professional Development Office joined forces to provide you with a chance to engage in rich, meaning-making opportunities for spiritual wellness, healing, and populating your toolkit as you undertake the long-haul task of justice ministry. Our goal is to provide support to nourish existing and emergent relationships between UU ministers, religious professionals, and lay leaders embedded in justice-making and organizing.
We are excited to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to a curated list of gatherings and workshops.
We expect that these gatherings will both expand your toolkit and perhaps more importantly: nurture and grow your heart and soul.
In making our scholarship determination, we’re prioritizing applicants who:
• (if ministers) are in preliminary fellowship
• are active and ongoing participation with local community justice-making
• are willing to contribute financially toward event cost
• will attend with a cohort of colleagues
• perform justice-work that is not compensated
• can articulate their intention to extend learnings beyond the event*
*We recognize that there are many ways to “pay it forward,” including preaching, skill sharing, hosting classes, seeking ongoing accountability with your cohort group--to name but a few. We’re excited to learn from your creative thinking around how you intend to extend this learning opportunity.
We’ve selected workshops based on what we’ve heard trusted colleagues and accomplices about where leaders are finding:
• Depth and transformation
• Spiritual tools inseparable from anti-oppression and liberation work
• Antidotes to insularity - crucial connections to networks and visions outside of organized religion
(A) The curated workshops are:
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Allied Media Conference
(healing- and art-related tracks) - Detroit, MI
June 14-17, 2018
Cost: $150 - $500 sliding scale
Black Lives of UU Revival: RECLAIM
- Kansas City, MO
April 27-29, 2018
Cost: $400-$600 estimated for housing & transportation (registration is free)
Buddhist Peace Fellowship (2 programs):
BPF Online Courses
Cost: $5 - $69 (depending on course/level)
Block//Build//Be Leadership Retreat with BPF
- Petaluma, CA
June 21 - 24, 2018
Cost: $60 deposit (then sliding scale)
DEADLINE to apply: March 9, 2018
Emergent Strategy Immersions
- Detroit, MI
April 13-15, 2018
July 6-8, 2018
October 8-10, 2018
You must apply directly to Emergent Strategy Immersion using the form above in order to receive additional details and acceptance into their workshops.
DEADLINE for applications to the Generative Somatics programs Transformation in Action and SOEL: May 21, 2018
Transformation in Action
T1 & T2 - New York City, NY
T1: September 13-16, 2018
T2: October 18-21, 2018
Cost: An amount that's significant to you, up to $3,095
[Maximum of 4 partial grants available]
School of Embodied Leadership (SOEL)
- Petaluma, CA
October 7-12, 2018
Cost: An amount that's significant to you, up to $2,195
[Maximum of 4 partial grants available]
Applications open May 2018
Program begins September 2019
Cost: $0 - $1,900 sliding scale
(B) UU Camp and Conference Centers offer a wide variety of programming.
We’re willing to support your participation in their offerings.
[See (C) for parameters.]
(C) You may select a workshop not listed here.
We only ask that it be focused on healing justice, provide opportunity for spiritual wellness and healing, and/or increase your available resources for doing ministry with historically marginalized populations.
Please note that some of the workshops listed require an application and acceptance into their programs. Funding for these workshops is contingent on your acceptance into the program.
Additionally, because this is a curated list of programs, we do ask that you be attentive to individual program deadlines.
Our scholarship request deadline is June 15th, 2018. Scholarship determinations will be made on a first come, first served basis with our priorities in mind.
We’re excited to be companions on the journey in this way! Please direct all questions, concerns, and clarifications to Alicia (AForde@uua.org).
Rev. Alicia R. Forde, Professional Development Director, Ministries and Faith Development
Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Side with Love, Senior Strategist
Nora Rasman, Side with Love, Campaign Manager
Are you a minister in Fellowship with the UUA?
Community Based Justice-Making Involvement:
Ideally, we hope that you’ll be able to attend with a small cohort of colleagues to learn alongside each other; deepening your collegial connections and the efficacy of your ministries beyond this learning experience. We do know that this isn’t always possible. Please list if there are colleagues who you plan to encourage to attend OR who will be attending with you:
Program of Interest:
Travel, lodging, and meal costs:
Scholarship Funding Requested:
Intention to extend learnings beyond the event:
Address Where Scholarship May Be Mailed (if awarded)
Address Line 2
State / Province / Region
Postal / Zip Code
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, U.S.
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