IMG 6238Service of Installation of Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti

 

On Sunday,April 7, 2019 at 4:00pm the members of the UUAA Congregation installed Reverend Manish Mishra-Marzetti as our thirteenth senior minister since our founding in 1865. A list of installation week end events is shown below.

Words of Installation

The following promises were spoken by the members of UUAA and by Rev. Manish during the Service of Installation:

UUAA Members: We, the Members of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, have called you as our community’s Senior Minister, with the charge to help shape and give life to our values, our hopes, and our dreams. We pledge to trust you, and the other leaders working alongside you. We promise to maintain a tone of love, respect, and supportiveness in all of the challenges we take on together. We expect you to always hold the best interests of the community, as a whole, in all that you do with us, and we promise to join you in that aspiration, even when it’s hard. We know that we will live into these promises imperfectly, and when we do, we welcome your loving support in reminding us of these commitments.

Rev. Manish: I am honored and delighted to have been called as our community’s senior spiritual leader, with the charge of helping shape and give life to our values, our hopes, and our dreams. I pledge to trust you, and the other leaders working alongside me. I promise to maintain a tone of love, respect, and supportiveness in all of the challenges we take on together. I honor the expectation of always holding the best interests of the community, as a whole, in all that I do with you, and I welcome and need you to join me in that aspiration, even when it’s hard. I know that I will live into these promises imperfectly, and when I do, I welcome your loving support in reminding me of these commitments.

UUAA Members: With great hope, love, and trust, we do hereby officially install you, Reverend Manish Mishra-Marzetti, as the thirteenth Senior Minister of our congregation. May we embark on this shared ministry as a united and loving community, energized to truly make a difference in our lives and in a world that needs us.

 

Photos

 Service of Installation

 Please use this link to view an album of sample photos from the service of installation

 

Installation Events

To mark this special occasion in our congregation's history, the week end included a variety of events.

Wes NapolineProf. Wes Napoline

 

Friday, April 5th

A special guest at Friday Fun Night-- Professor Wes Napoline, a Unitarian Universalist and research scientist in chemistry, presented a program on "The Intersection of Science and Spirituality."

 

 

 

 

Tret FureTret FureSaturday, April 6th

Tret Fure gave a concert. Tret is a contemporary singer-songwriter and has worked in the genre known as women's music. The concert was open to the community.

 

 

 

Sunday, April 7th

 

9:30 and 11:30 am - Sunday Services

Several special out of town guests joined us at our usual Sunday morning services at 9:30 and 11:30 am. The sermon was given by the Rev. Sam Teitel.

 

Rev. Nancy Mcdonald Ladd Rev. Nancy McDonald-Ladd     4:00 pm - Service of Installation

The members of theUUAA Congregation installed Rev. Manish as our thirteenth senior minister in our 154 year history.  

The installation sermon was given by the Rev. Nancy McDonald-Ladd, who many UUAA members saw when she preached the sermon at the Sunday morning worship service in the Columbus, Ohio at the 2016 General Assembly.  She is the author of the recently published book, After the Good News: Progressive Faith Beyond Optimism.

 

 

 

5:30 pm - Installation Reception

UUA Co-moderators Elandria and BarbElandria Williams and Barb Greve, UUA Co-ModeratorsAfter the installation service a packed and festive reception in the social hall included Indian and American foods, high spirits and much conversation between congregants and our special out of town guests.

Guests included

  • Minister Emerita, Rev. Gail R. Geisenhainer
  • Minister Emeritus, Rev. Kenneth W. Phifer
  • Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, who co-edited with Rev. Manish the book Justice on Earth.

  • Elandria Williams, co-moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the facilitator who is working with us in our year-long project on our congregations vision and mission.

  • Mr. Barb Greve, co-moderator with Elandria Williams of the UUA.

  • Gini and Rev. Wendy Von Courter.  Gini Von Courter is a former moderator of the UUA.