HUUMS seeks to be a resource to help guide students through the sometimes daunting process of becoming credentialed as UU ministers. We understand that not all HUUMS members will become ordained as parish ministers. Many go on to do community ministry, chaplaincy, religious education, academic study, or to work in numerous other fields. For those students who do pursue ordination, we understand that each student has their own pace—some will plan to complete all of their credentialing requirements early enough that they can be ordained and begin parish ministry immediately upon graduating. Others will follow a less direct path. HUUMS is here to be supportive to you in your discernment process, and not to push you to follow any prescribed route.
While our faith and our community are quite flexible, the policies and procedures that the
UUA requires for those seeking to become credentialed as ordained ministers can be quite strict.
To learn about the credentialing process it is best to read the UUA’s website: http://www.uua.org/leaders/leadership/ministerialcredentialing/index.shtml.
A booklet with comprehensive instructions for ministerial credentialing can be found at: http://www.uua.org/documents/mpl/requirements_booklet.pdf.
One of the best ways to educate yourself about ministerial credentialing is to talk to other HUUMS students who are already further along in the process. Throughout the year we plan multiple social and career-development events in order to give students the opportunity to share their questions and experiences about ministerial credentialing with their peers. If you have a question about this process, we hope you will not hesitate to approach one of us and ask.
Housing: Craig’s list, Boston Cooperative Network, Harvard Housing Resources.
What to do in Boston/Cambridge:
The Boston Globe has a tab for “Things To Do” searchable by keyword and time frame.
Trivia is fun (a big one is called “Stump Trivia,” which is a company that hosts a ton of trivia nights in the area). In Cambridge/Somerville, there is a trivia night going on somewhere literally every night of the week. A popular one is at the Queen’s Head (Harvard’s bar, in the basement of Memorial Hall) on Thursday nights at 8 pm. There are also a number of places that host karaoke, and at least one place (the Lizard Lounge) that hosts slam poetry and an open mic night.
There are pockets of bars/clubs (Quincy Market, Fenway, and Allston/Brighton), big restaurant areas (Chinatown, the North End), and plenty of museums and theaters (for movies, musicals, plays, etc.). A lot of musical groups pass through Boston on tour as well, which is searchable on ticketmaster and at the Globe. Boston also has a zoo and an aquarium that are accessible by the T.
Of course, there are also the sports teams: the Celtics and Bruins both play at the TD Banknorth Center (near Government Center, though the closest T stop is North Station) and the Red Sox play at Fenway Park (near the Kenmore station). If you have a car, you can get out to see the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Games for all of the teams sell out pretty quickly (especially the cheap seats, though night games on weekdays are usually not a bad bet), and are super fun because Bostonians love them. You can get tickets on the teams’ respective websites, or at StubHub.
Especially in the late spring through early fall, there are lots of outdoor events along the Charles River, as well as various festivals celebrating the diverse ethnic and religious groups in the area.
The T and commuter rail go all over the place, which is great. You can get down to Providence for about $15 roundtrip, for example. You can also go places like Salem and Revere Beach. There are boats from downtown Boston that go out for whale-watching and across the Bay to the Cape. If you have access to a car, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are all gorgeous, especially during fall “leaf-peeping” season. It’s easy and inexpensive to get to New York City by bus as well (and many bus companies now have free wireless internet and start tickets at $1 a seat).