Help Monica Jacobson-Tennessen get to the MFC

Help Monica Jacobson-Tennessen get to the MFC

Crowdfunding Completed: November 25, 2017

Amount Funded: $500

Project Owner: Monica Jacobson

Short Description of Project

Help a candidate for the UU ministry cover travel expense from the west coast to the MFC in Boston.

How was this project connected to UU?

Unitarian Universalist tradition and polity recognizes the independence of each congregation in terms of governance and the power to ordain ministers. However, throughout our history there have been collaborations among congregations within our movement. The Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) is one form of collaboration, providing a means of credentialing and recognizing ministers within our larger movement who are prepared to serve all of North American Unitarian Universalism.

You can read more about the MFC and becoming a UU minister here:

Every minister who goes through formation and seeks fellowship in the UUA will have to meet with the MFC. The cost of travel is a reality that all our seminarians and candidates for ministry have to face.

This Faithify campaign is a way for you to be involved in the process for one minister. My hope is to be part of creating a model for how other people (congregation members, friends, and family of UU ministers in our movement) might participate in the ownership of this tradition and help other candidates in achieving this major step toward UU ministry. I thank Jon Coffee for starting this practice.

Full Description of Project

I am a Candidate for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry, and I will be traveling to Boston during the week after Thanksgiving to interview with the Ministerial Fellowshipping Committee. This interview is required in order to be welcomed into ministerial fellowship: recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association as one who has done the work to make herself into a UU minister. This interview is like defending a PhD dissertation or taking the bar exam. It’s a culmination of years of hard work and one of the last steps toward officially becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister, with ordination being the final step.

I need help covering the cost of travel including airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and food for this trip. The Ministerial Credentialing Office maintains funds for limited reimbursement of candidates’ travel expenses; this Faithify is intended to help cover my costs beyond anticipated reimbursement.

Over the past few years I have received incredible support from many people on this journey. I am deeply grateful, and I carry much love with me to this milestone interview. Thank you for being part of my journey, and thank you for your financial support toward helping me get there.