Installation of our first settled Minister in 35 years
Our Fellowship was founded 35 years ago as a lay-led congregation, and eventually hired a string of quarter-time consulting ministers. In 2013, the congregation went through its first formal search committee process and hired Rev. Erika Hewitt as a half-time consulting minister. Both of us — congregation and minister — quickly realized that our shared ministry was a perfect match between beautifully imperfect parties. The Fellowship voted unanimously to call Erika as their first settled minister in December 2017. Now we’re pulling out all the stops to celebrate this milestone in our congregation’s life.
This ceremony will be following the time-honored Unitarian Universalist tradition of celebrating settled ministry. Our principles and values will be present in the ceremony, with visiting UU clergy invited to speak, intentional hospitality to the surrounding congregations and community and with a worship service celebration of the congregation. Acclaimed UU singer Joe Jencks will provide the music for the ceremony, as well as a mini-concert preceding the service.
The installation service will take place on August 19, 2018 at 4 pm at Second Congregational Church in Newcastle, Maine.
Thank you for your generosity! Any amount will be gratefully appreciated.
Transylvania Village Life Festival
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Virginia, (Oakton, VA) and the Szentgerice Unitarian Church in Transylvania have been partners since 1992. Over the years, more than 150 youth and adults from Fairfax have visited Szentgerice. Our partnership has matured from a social justice project to a true sharing of faith and friendship.
In October 2018, Fairfax will get a chance to reciprocate hospitality when 14 youth and adults from the Szentgerice congregation travel to Virginia, the largest group ever to visit. They are coming to commemorate our quarter century of relationship and to give back — (1) by helping to build a peace garden on the grounds of the Fairfax church, and (2) by demonstrating/teaching Hungarian dancing, crafts, cooking and baking at a Transylvanian Village Life Festival. Our guests will be staying and sightseeing with Fairfax members. This will be a rich opportunity to explore the common and different threads of our faith and cultures, to find new growth just outside of our comfort zone, and to make new friends through fun and shared experiences.
The $10,000 cost for the trip is being shared by both congregations. Fairfax is seeking your help in raising at least $2,000 toward our share of the expenses for airfares, insurance, meals and activities during the visit. Please help us strengthen the bonds between the partners and make this a memorable trip for both congregations.
Assist with Ordination Funding
The worthy process of ordaining a minister is costly to both the individual and their congregation. As a liberal religious association we welcome all people and all levels of contribution into our churches. Some people give generously of their presence, some of their time, some of their financial resources.
We ask now that you donate a meaningful monetary amount to assist Cindy Pincus and First Unitarian Society of Denver to complete this faith journey in a good way. Hosting an ordination will include costs like stipends for good speakers, money for healthy food and drinks, payment for use of beautiful buildings, and gifts of liturgical elements and robes for the ordinand to do her job fully and well.
Any extra money will be split evenly between two charities: one to support retired ministers who have led this faith well, and the other to support Queer Nature; a queer-run nature education and ancestral skills program serving the local LGBTQ+ community.
Support the Ordination...
It has been my deep joy and privilege to prepare for the role of a lifetime- that of a Unitarian Universalist minister. After several years of study and service, I will be ordained on June 10th, 2018 at the 4th Universalist Society in New York. Your support will allow me to fund the reception, photography, printing and other costs associated with this milestone celebration, which is open to the public. I am so excited to share this event with you!
So many people have shaped this journey- dedicated members of congregations, mentors, teachers, ministers and religious educators, and countless friends from all areas of my life. If you know me from the various ministries I have served- in Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut- if you have been touched or inspired by me, if you have worked alongside me, I thank you for your support of this special day in my vocational life.