Celebrating a newly credentialed religious educator

The 2021 Religious Education Credentialing Committee meeting online

Religious Education Credentialing

Kirsten holds the Leadership Development portfolio and works with LREDA's Chapter Leaders, the LREDA Committee on Mentoring, the Credentialing Scholarship Committee, LREDA LARGE and Small, and liaises with UUA's Renaissance and Credentialing programs.   Click here to contact Kirsten.

Religious Education Credentialing is a UUA program that recognizes religious education as a profession and supports religious educators.  By documenting education and work experience, a religious educator is awarded a credential in one of three levels: Associate, Credentialed, and Master.  See a List of current credentialed religious educators  here.

This program provides a comprehensive path towards professionalism and a deeper understanding of our Unitarian Universalist values.  Those receiving a credential realize and accept leadership in religious education and an understanding of professional standards. For more information about the program (including how to get started) visit the UUA's website.   


Credentialing Scholarship applications can be made at any time. Applications will be reviewed quarterly during the first week of March, June, September, or December.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ our scholarship priority and policies BEFORE you fill out the application.  Once that's done, email the Credentialing Scholarship team.  

Use this Reimbursement Form to claim funds already awarded.

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To support the religious educator in the program, LREDA trains and matches mentors who hold monthly meetings with the credentialing candidates.  These relationships are an invaluable part of the process of discerning one's call to religious education. 

Celebrating Credentialed Religious Educators

Recognizing what an accomplishment receiving a credential is, each newly credentialed religious educator is honored annually during the LREDA Fall Conference. In addition, every attempt is made to honor the newly credentialed in their home congregation, with greetings and a gift from LREDA.  LREDA also provided a grant to Sara Cloe, Credentialed Religious Educator, to create worship services (with homilies, responsive readings and liturgies) for congregations:  Services of Celebration for a Newly Credentialed Religious Educator

The new Credentialed Religious Educator pin for 2022