Our incoming settled minister, Rachael Hayes, was ordained in a joint ceremony with her colleague, Shari Halliday-Quan, in a joint ceremony on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York. The two had met while studying for their Masters of Divinity at Union Theology Seminary, and consider Fourth Universalist their “home church.”
Following the act of ordination by the members of Fourth Universalist, UU Society of Amherst Board President Karen Fisk and Julie Sanchez, president of First Unitarian Rochester (where the Rev. Halliay-Quan will serve) delivered Words of Affirmation:
“In this room, there are people both from your past and your future. Some have watched you and encouraged you as you worked and prepared for this day; others will reap the fruits of the harvest for what we hope will be many years ahead. Remember that you are never alone; all the people who have formed you and all the people you will serve journey alongside you in this work. Will all others — family, friends, and colleagues within and beyond our tradition — please rise in body or spirit, to add their love and encouragement to this ordination?”
All gathered replied, “With joy and pride, we affirm this ordination. May you do justice, love mercy, and journey humbly in your faith, so that your ministry will nourish you and be a source of healing in the world.”
Following the Words of Affirmation, Amherst UU Society Ministerial Search Committee members Janis Gray and Carol Johnson draped the new Rev. Hayes in a stole presented by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, which she had served as ministerial intern and summer minister.
News Story by Janis Gray