What is an “Installation”?

What is an Installation?

On December 30th at 4 p.m., Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church will formalize your call to me to be your settled minister. An installation usually takes place within the first year of one’s ministry. It is different from an ordination. People are ordained into UU ministry after going through an extensive process, and ordination is permanent. I was ordained at Eno River UU Fellowship in September of 2014.
An installation is a special service during which a church and a minister enter into covenant with one another. It is a ceremonial and celebratory occasion. A “settled” minister then stays at the church until the church or minister decide otherwise. This is different from an interim ministry or a developmental ministry which are contracted for a limited amount of time.
A called, settled, or installed minister is a long-term commitment. It is a time during which we journey together to live into the vision of Beloved Community. In some ways, an installation is like a marriage during which both parties make promises to one another in the context of our covenantal faith.
To realize our vision, to be all we can be, and to live into a healthy relationship, both minister and congregation have particular roles to fulfill. At the installation, we will speak of things like service and loyalty, and there will be a charge to the minister as well as a charge to the congregation (from Rev. Deborah Cayer of Eno River). Rev. Cheryl M. Walker, my mentor, will preach. Other ministers will speak as well. We will have beautiful music, and, of course, cake is involved.
This is the honor of a lifetime, and I am so privileged to be your minister.
Hope to see you there!
Peace and Light,
~Rev. Mary Frances