Saturday, August 19, 2017

Installation - August 20

Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas preaching at a pulpit
On August 20, 2017 Community United Church of Christ will celebrate the Installation of its newest Pastor, Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas, who began her ministry at CUCC on January 1, 2017. In the United Church of Christ the “Installation is the liturgical celebration of the covenantal relationship among an ordained minister; the local church; and the Association.”

At a time such as this when even the ground beneath our feet seems to shift and burn with the tides, we as a nation are more hungry than ever for a word of HOPE. It has been said that religion in
the West is failing...dying, and that the political landscape of our time will siphon off what is left of organized religion. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., who said, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war,” we remember that it is not for religion that we must organize, but peace.

As we continue in the stead of the many who have gone before us, including Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, the late Madiba (Nelson Mandela) and the Mother of prayer and servanthood, Mother Theresa, as well as our own modern day prophets such as Rev. Dr. William Barber, we gather in one Spirit, in covenant with all of Creation, towards a new religious ecology; called to love and serve that all might experience the love of God.

As a faith community who takes seriously the call to witness to and for the breadth of God’s extravagant and inclusive love Community United Church of Christ hosts this celebration in partnership with our community and invites you: local neighbors, friends and families of all faiths and manifestations of the Spirit to join us for this joyous occasion.

Please join us on Sunday, August 20 at 4:00pm 
for a Service of Installation and Reception 
for Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas
Community United Church of Christ 
814 Dixie Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607