In my three years as a divinity student, now entering my fourth, I’ve been saddened by the loss of a number of excellent people who were seriously on the path to UU ministry and have dropped out primarily due to conflict and frustration with our politics, our faith-in-action and our ability to mentor and nurture new ministers. Perhaps all of the folks I know would ultimately have felt the call to another tradition (Christian, Islam primarily), however it concerns me and I wish there was some way to track and understand this phenomona more intentionally. I wonder, are there changes we might consider in order to attract and retain excellent ministers-to-be? I know that in other mainline protestant faiths, they are desperate for good ministers and are seriously developing plans to do the same. What is our strategy?
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