Installation Service for
Reverend Scott McNeill Saturday, May 20
 at 4:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars. Please save Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4:00 p.m. to join us here in our Meeting Room for the Installation service for Reverend Scott McNeill as we celebrate and reaffirm the bond between Scott and our congregation.

We would like to honor Rev. McNeill and his commitment to social justice by supporting the Backpack Buddies Program through Community Kitchen in the weeks leading up to his installation service. We will be collecting shelf stable protein rich foods that will help to fill a great need for this program. Currently, there are 400 children in Monroe County enrolled in Backpack Buddies across 18 schools using 3,200 pounds of food EACH week! For more information on Backpack Buddies and how you can help, CLICK HERE.

What is an Installation?

On the afternoon of Saturday, May 20, we will hold a special Installation Service, commemorating the arrival of Reverend Scott McNeill to be a part of our congregation’s ministry. (To read more about our ministerial transition, click here.) While at first it may seem odd to hold this service so many months after Rev. Scott’s actual arrival at the UU Church of Bloomington, it helps to understand the broader purpose of the Installation Service.

The Manual for Installation Services in UU Churches by Rev. Peter Raible says, “The usual practice is to have the installation some months after the minister’s arrival and to use the occasion to have other ministers attend and take part, as well as representatives from the wider community and denomination, both lay and clerical. The approach highlights the connection of the church and minister[s] to wider affiliations.” More than just our own celebration of Rev. Scott’s ministry with us, “the installation highlights and reaffirms the bond between a minister and community.” Please join us on Saturday, May 20.

Our Installation Service will feature music from our choir, and lift up pieces of our congregational history and visions of our future. Installation services are similar, in many ways, to a Sunday morning worship service. The Reverend Mary Katherine Morn, Director of Stewardship and Development and Special Advisor to the UUA President, will join us as a guest preacher. Mary Katherine was Scott’s supervisor during his parish ministry internship, at the UU Congregation of Fairfax (VA). We will have other speakers, including Reverends Mary Ann Macklin and Emily Manvel Leite – as well as Ministers Emerita Barbara Carlson and Bill Breeden. Scott’s partner, the Reverend Sarah Gettie McNeill, will participate – as will Reverend Elaine Aron Tenbrink, a friend and colleague of Scott’s who also serves on a ministry team in MN.


While this comes on a Saturday afternoon in a busy month, we hope to have as many individuals and families as possible attending. The service will be family-friendly, with an activity pack for people of any age (including a crossword about our 7 UU principles and ways to get to know Rev. Scott). We will also integrate a service project, celebrating the ways we hope to continue to partner with our community. More information about our project will be available soon.