Unitarian Universalist Community of Learning

The Unitarian Universalist Community of Learning (UUCL) at Boston University School of Theology was developed in consultation with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and its partner organizations, including leaders related to Unitarian Universalist education, ministerial credentialing, professional development, social justice, and congregational and community ministries. Its mission is to form a community of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to nurturing and preparing Unitarian Universalist students for future leadership and service in and through the church. More specifically, the UUCL seeks to nurture the next generation of leaders for the UUA, equipping them in both UU and interreligious and ecumenical Christian traditions and providing them with curricular and co-curricular opportunities to ground their academic, spiritual, ecclesial, professional, and social-global growth.

Coursework: STH is committed to hiring faculty and offering courses that will help students meet all course requirements for ordination in the UU tradition. These courses include UU History, UU Polity, and other courses as identified and/or developed in collaboration with UU leaders and in collaboration with Harvard Divinity School, with which some courses are already offered in rotation.

Library Holdings: The STH Library is building a collection that serves the needs for students seeking ordination in the UU tradition. Check out the library website with books listed in each area of competence for UU ministers: Unitarian Universalist Resources at the STH Library

Co-curricular opportunities in which UU students participate and often take leadership, sharing their traditions with others in the community. The programs may take the form of community events sponsored, co-sponsored, or collaboratively planned by members of the UU community.

Contextual education opportunities in UU ministry sites: In addition to placing UU students in regular parish placements already coordinated by the STH Office of Contextual Education, students may also apply for Springboard scholarships to engage in UU-specific contextual projects.

Spiritual life offerings, coordinated by Rev. Dr. Charlene Zuill, the STH Coordinator of Spiritual Life, in collaboration with UU leaders and UU students. Spiritual life offerings also involve Chad Kidd, Coordinator of Worship and Director of Seminary Singers, who collaborates to include periodic UU-led worship in the weekly chapel services.

UU mentors and consultants: Rev. Dr. Wendy von Courter serves as the UU Mentor for the Community of Learning. In addition, other area UU ministers will provide mentoring support, working together to support students in the UU tradition.

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