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Reverend Kathy Rickey  


Reverend Kathy is available by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   On Thursdays, she will be available 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., except the third Thursday of the month.  Friday will be Reverend Kathy’s sermon-writing day, and Tuesday will be her day off.   Reverend Kathy's email:

A NOTE FROM OUR MINISTER:     Installation Celebration!

What in the world is an “Installation?”  Well, for Unitarian Universalists, it’s a ceremony in which the congregation “installs” its settled minister.  The Act of Installation is a little like a marriage between minister and congregation.  But our promises to each other will be about creating and keeping the institution of our church healthy rather than the institution of marriage.  There will be a formal “Charge to the Minister” and a “Charge to the Congregation.”  During the Charge to the Minister, Board Members will ask a series of questions such as:

“We come here to learn.  Will you teach us, listen to us, change your mind with us?

  Will you challenge us to stretch and grow?   And I reply: “I will.”

In turn, I will ask you, the congregation collectively a series of questions, such as the following:

“Will you work with me to serve our neighbors, to feed their bodies, their hearts                                                          and their minds, as we feed our own?” And collectively, you reply: “We will.”

These are sample questions.  At this point, I’m not sure what the exact wording will be.  I will be working with the Board of Trustees and the Committee on Ministry on crafting these vows or promises between you, the congregation and me.

Surrounding the Act of Installation will be the elements of a worship service such as Chalice Lighting, Hymns, Readings, and a Sermon by a longtime friend and fellow minister, The Reverend Jill McAllister of Corvallis, Washington.  I first met Jill over 20 years ago when I was a member of a UU congregation in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  She is a wonderful preacher and I know you will enjoy having her in our pulpit as much as I will.

Also attending will be several other ministers from our Florida UU Ministers chapter.  The Reverend Janet Onnie will be taking part in the service as well as others.  I have invited clergy from the F.A.I.T.H. organization. All religious professionals will be invited to be part of a clergy processional at the beginning of the service.

I hope you will be able to join the celebration on October 14 at 5:30 p.m.  There will be hospitality and much celebrating together after the Installation service.  I am so very happy to be your minister and I look forward to making it official.                                                                                                                         
  Yours in faith,                                                     

                                                                                                                                  Rev. Kathy                                                                                                                                                                           

Following the 1968 UUA General Assembly most African-Americans left our congregations over what became known as the Empowerment Controversy.  For a summary of these events, I encourage you to read “Not Our Finest Hour.”  Rev. Kathy Rickey