UUMPs Resources and Reflections

The Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Partners (UUMPs) have had an informal support network since the 1960s. Today they form a virtual community that communicates through a list-serve managed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and a Facebook Group. Go here for information about the list and a link to request membership on the list: UUMPS listserve Go here to access the Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UUMPS
Note: Joining the list or the group is subject to approval by the moderator.


Selected documents of interest to partners of UU ministers have been curated and are posted here in pdf format. They are grouped in related areas of interest. A username and password are required to download most of the files, as indicated. Partners of UU ministers may request the username and password by e-mail to uumps@uurmapa.org

There is also a section with links to resources on other websites. The list was compiled and annotated by Jan Sammons.

Thanks to the working group who curated these documents: Chris Lilly Backus, Linda Lee Berg, Liz Hill, Peter Hyatt, Roger Rochester, Jan Sammons; and to Linda Wright and others from the UUMPs list who contributed articles or allowed us to quote their advice.


Background Information

There Is No Stereotype: who are UUMPs and what issues do they face? (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

The First Hard Truth: Roger Rochester’s reflection on this project and the role of the minister’s partner. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

Reflections on Being the Spouse of a UU Minister by Peter Hyatt. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

 

Answering the Call

Supporting Your Partner Through the Process of UUA Ministerial Fellowship - by Chris Lilly Backus. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

Internships in UU Ministry- by Liz Hill. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

 

Practical Ministry

 

New Settlement: pioneers moving to unknown territory; a personal reflection on the search process by Linda Wright. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

Advice about Moving and Relocating by Peter Hyatt. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

Being the Spouse of an Interim Minister by Peter Hyatt. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

Partner’s Changing Role in Times of Change (transitions to a new congregation) by Chris Lilly Backus. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

Finding Your Place

Having Friends in the Congregation - by Chris Lilly Backus. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

Social Ties in the Congregation - by Liz Hill. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

Dealing with Difficult Congregants by Liz Hill. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

Confidentiality and Boundaries by Liz Hill. (Click here to download pdf. Password required.)

 

Endings

 

Guide to Retirement. (Click here to download pdf.)

Joint Task Force Report on Right Relations. (Click here to download pdf.)

 

Useful Links to Other Sites

UURMaPA (UU Retired Ministers and Partners)

Retirement Guide. See particularly pages 5-6 (Finances), 7 (Housing), and 8-10 (Other Financial Considerations) (Click here to download pdf.)

 

UUA Office of Church Staff Finances

For information on clergy taxes, housing allowance, retirement plan, and Social Security as they relate to clergy finances, click here.

For information on programs to help ministerial families, click here. There are some sixteen funds, administered buy the Office of Church Staff Finance to aid ministers and/or clergy families. Some have very specific parameters. In addition, there are four programs listed that are administered by other organizations.

For information on benefits programs administered by the UUA, click here. Benefit plans include the UUA Health Care Plan, the UUA Retirement Plan, and Group Insurance Plans.

 

For Ministers and Families in Search

How to Case a Church: an Irreverent Guide to Finding and Getting the Church of Your Choice, by Peter Raible. Click here to download pdf.
First published in 1987. Note: you may need to download the document to be able to read it. It may not display directly on the web site.

 

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