The Ordination of Sasha Ostrom

The Ordination of Sasha Ostrom

Crowdfunding Completed: November 1, 2015

Amount Funded: $2275

Project Owner: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh

Short Description of Project

Thank you for all your generous donations to assist UUFR's Ordination Committee in raising funds for the November 7th ordination of Sasha Ostrom!

How was this project connected to UU?

Our free and democratic religious tradition grants to congregations the sole right and privilege to ordain our own ministers. The UU Fellowship of Raleigh voted to ordain Sasha as a UU minister and will be the ordaining congregation on November 7th. However, it is our hope that many of the UUs who have nurtured, challenged, trained and affirmed Sasha along the way will choose to join in this fundraising effort to help make this ordination possible.
Sasha’s ordination will be performed as part of the long, rich Unitarian Universalist tradition granting congregations the sole right and privilege to ordain our own ministers. This celebration will be a UU ordination performed by the UU congregation that Sasha serves as Assistant Minister. After ordination, she will continue to serve UU congregations and our UU movement as an ordained and fellowshipped UU clergywoman.

Full Description of Project

On November 7, 2015 at 11 AM, Sasha Ostrom will be ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh.

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a congregation to make a minister. Or at least such is the case in our Unitarian Universalist tradition, where seminaries may train our ministers and the Ministerial Fellowship Committee may credential our ministers, but only congregations may make our ministers through the act of ordination.

Yet along the way, a great many people take part in a person’s journey into ministry, and many hearts and hands help lift people into the service of our congregations, our movement and the wider world by offering moral support, financial aid, loving criticism, learning opportunities, mentorship, shoulders to cry on and people to celebrate with.

Thus, although UUFR will be the ordaining congregation, everyone who has been or would like to be a part of the making of a new UU minister is invited to participate in this fundraising campaign to make Sasha’s November 7th ordination possible. Your generous donations will be received with gratitude for all that you have already done to support Sasha as a person and as a minister, and will be used to help fund all aspects of the ordination, including the ordination service itself, the reception, décor, printing, etc.

Sasha is currently serving as UUFR’s Assistant Minister, and oversees youth and young adult ministries, campus ministry and social justice in addition to sharing worship and pastoral care duties with the Lead Minister. She looks forward to continuing this work as an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, and thanks you for your generosity.