- Unitarian Universalism Connection
Ordination night is almost here! Friday, Oct. 27, at 7pm, Wildflower Church and First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin will co-ordain Erin J. Walter, with music, dance, and a spirited celebration of community. The churches are generously contributing their time, talent, and treasure to this special occasion, and this Faithify campaign is an invitation to the wider community, family, and friends to contribute to the event, encourage Erin’s ministry, and support two organizations that she has selected to be recipients of the service’s offering.
Erin says: “I have felt absolutely wrapped in love by the support of friends, family, colleagues, and community these past few years of seminary and internship. My gratitude for all of you is beyond words. I wish everyone could beam themselves to the ordination so I could hug and sing and dance with all of you. I know many of you will be there in spirit. This Faithify campaign is a chance for anyone, particularly those who can’t be at the ordination, to contribute and be a part of it. The offering recipients and I will be so grateful for any gifts, no matter how small. I will send an ordination photo and mix CD to everyone who contributes.“
WHERE WILL YOUR GIFT GO?
– First, it will pay for any expenses above and beyond what the churches may have for the celebration (such as travel support for guest speakers, food, photography).
– All extra funds will be split evenly in the offering between The Sanctuaries (sacred arts activism organization for which Erin is a field advisor and organizer) and a scholarship to Meadville Lombard Theological School, Erin’s seminary alma mater in Chicago’s South Loop. Note from Meadville: “All gifts made in honor of Erin Walter will be restricted to a tuition aid fund for a Meadville Lombard student. The student as suggested by Erin will be selected based on need, with priority given to a student of color or to a Spanish speaker who aims to use Spanish language in their ministry.”
ABOUT THE SANCTUARIES: Austin, Texas, is poised to be the next location for an artist-activist cohort of The Sanctuaries, founded in Washington, D.C. five years ago. Your donation will help fund that transformative, collaborative effort. The Sanctuaries organizations in D.C. say: “We use multicultural organizing through the arts to advance social change. We bring people and resources together across their differences to build trust and solve problems. We draw on spiritual practices, cultural traditions, and artistic expression to empower people to speak and live from their own power.” Learn more at their web site!
ABOUT MEADVILLE LOMBARD: Meadville’s distance model makes it possible for those who feel called to ministry and leadership to train in their cities and towns, without uprooting their families. Because of a scholarship to Meadville Lombard, Erin and her family were able to stay in Austin, deepening their roots and relationships there, while Erin also had the Unitarian Universalist seminary experience. Erin says, “For this, I am so grateful, and I hope to support another student, particularly a UU student of color, in their own ministerial formation through Meadville.”
States with ML students: 31
6 Global Fellows (Azerbaijan, Japan, Namibia, Turkey, Uganda)
5 matriculated international students (Canada, Colombia, Switzerland, Mexico, Philippines)
“Meadville Lombard educates future Unitarian Universalist ministers and vocational leaders who are prepared to energize social justice movements and heal communities from the inside out. Meadville Lombard Theological School is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada, offering top master’s degree programs to prepare students for ministry and religious leadership in the Unitarian Universalist tradition of justice, equity, and compassion. As a recognized leader among theological schools, Meadville Lombard created the Contextual Learning model to combine innovative learning, intensive courses for low residency, and integrated mentorships for on-site experience.”