A Message from Our Ministerial Intern:
Dear UUCR members and friends,
Save the date!
Sunday, September 16, 2018 in the afternoon!
In our Unitarian Universalist tradition, the power to ordain a minister lies with the congregation. My seminary teachers or president could not ordain me. Nor could our UUA national staff. Nor could the volunteers on the MFC who interviewed me this winter as a way to affirm my readiness for ordination. We believe that the body that best knows a person - the congregation(s) they are involved with - is the right body to ordain a minister. In my case, there are two congregations that know me best and who have deemed me fit for ministry.
You, my beloved teaching congregation, have guided me and helped me grow these past two years. You have welcomed me into your life - confiding in me during pastoral care meetings and in Fellowship Hour, trusting me to teach you and your youth and children, opening your hearts to my sermons and prayer. Here, I have truly become a minister.
Arlington Street Church in Boston, my beloved home congregation, has seen me through years of lay leadership and encouraged me to consider seminary. They have supported my journey from fellow congregant to minister, opening to the ways that our relationships have stretched and changed as I have followed my call.
The boards of both congregations have voted to support my ordination. On September 16, UUCR will take a field trip to Boston for the afternoon so that both congregations can join together to ordain me. This will be the magical, sacred moment when you confer the status of minister upon me. I am so very fortunate to have you as my internship congregation, and I will be so grateful to be ordained by you.