Ordination of Chris Rothbauer

Ordination of Chris Rothbauer

Crowdfunding Completed: August 14, 2016

Amount Funded: $0

Project Owner: Chris Rothbauer

Short Description of Project

Fund the ordination to UU ministry of Chris Rothbauer at First Unitarian Church in Louisville, Kentucky in the fall of 2016.

How was this project connected to UU?

Our tradition has long granted the free and democratic choice by congregations to ordain. First Unitarian Church will be ordaining me. However, it is our hope that many who contributed to my faith development along the way will contribute to this fundraising effort in order to make the ordination possible.
The ordination will be part of the long tradition of Unitarian Universalist congregations being the decision makers on who will be ordained into Unitarian Universalist ministry. The ordination will be held at First Unitarian Church, the congregation Chris interned. After ordination, I will continue to serve Unitarian Universalism as an ordained and fellowshiped clergyperson.

Full Description of Project

My name is Chris Rothbauer. For the past five years, I have been on the road to becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister. After successfully completing my seminary work at Meadville Lombard Theological School and being welcomed into preliminary fellowship by the Unitarian Universalist Association, I am ready to be ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry.

Ordination is not something done lightly and is often conferred by a congregation that has assisted significantly in the faith development of the minister. My intern congregation, First Unitarian Church in Louisville, Kentucky will be ordaining me in the fall of 2016. I'm working to raise $2,000 in order to put on the ordination of my dreams.

The money will primarily be used to help three participants traveling from far away afford to get to Louisville and have a comfortable place to sleep. I also hope to have a dinner the night before for participants. I will need funds by the time of the event in order to reimburse participants.

This ordination means so much to me because I have worked so hard to get to this point. It is the formal recognition that I have been called into ministry with our denomination