|Universal Life Church |
By Rev. Larry Fulmer, Jr.
|Ceremonial Act of Installation|
PRESIDENT: We gather today to covenant with __name___ as the Called Minister of this Congregation. We celebrate our Shared Universal Life Church Principles with __name__ , recognizing that we also minister our Universal Life Church values individually and collectively both here and throughout our community.
_Name__ , we have chosen and called you to live among us, to make our concerns your concerns, and to collaborate with us in the ministry of this congregation. Our desire is to find wholeness among ourselves and to create relationships of mutual wholeness in our community and out into the world.
We would have you speak the truth in love. We would have you model wisdom and kindness to our children and youth. We would have you minister to us in times of joy and in times of sorrow. We would have you demonstrate by your example as well as by your words, the life of courage and compassion. We would have you nurture our movement toward greater service to the world. Are you willing to take up these shared responsibilities?
MINISTER: I am.
PRESIDENT: On our part, we pledge to remember that the work of Universal Life belongs to all of us. We pledge to honor freedom of conscience in both pulpit and pew. We share responsibility with you for the spiritual development and the material welfare of our Congregation. As we would ask you to be charitable toward our failures, we will also remember that you are human too. We pledge to participate and to cooperate with you in our growth toward an ever-expanding community of caring.
Will the members please stand and join me in the Covenant of Shared Ministry:
MEMBERS: We, the members of the Universal Life Church of _______, commit ourselves with Reverend _____ to collaborate in fulfilling the goals of this Congregation. We hereby install ____ _____ as our Called Minister and pledge our partnership in ministering Universal Life Church values in our community and beyond.
MINISTER: I accept the shared Ministry to which you have called me. I pledge to honor the freedom of pulpit and pew, to speak with integrity and love both publicly and privately, diligently to fulfill the various offices of spiritual leadership, counsel, celebration, religious education, activism and administration. I pledge to promote mutual relationships of justice and kindness among all people, with ourselves, and within nature as articulated by our Statement of Universal Life Church Principles. This is my covenant with you.
~ Rev Larry Fulmer, Jr.
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