On September 30th Foothills UU Fellowship installed their first called minister, Rev. Laura Bogle. View photos of the service and reception can be found here.
What is a service of installation? And how is it different from an ordination?
An ordination is when one becomes an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, and in our tradition, that ordination holds, even when a minister moves to a different congregation.
An installation is the ceremony to formally recognize that a Unitarian Universalist congregation and a minister are entering into a covenantal relationship with one another. This is different from being a contract minister, where each year, a contract is reviewed and both parties consider whether the relationship should continue for another year. Until now, Rev. Laura has been in a contract position (also called “consulting ministry”) with our congregation, with an annual or multi-year contract that must be regularly renewed and renegotiated.
Having an installed minister means that we’re looking longer term and can do some big visioning together. When a minister is installed they are also sometimes described as the "called" minister or the "settled" minister. Having our first called and settled minister is a sign of the growth and stability of our congregation. It is a time to celebrate!