UU Farmington Ordains Cassandra Hartley into the UU Ministry on June 12, 2016

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington will host the ordination of Cassandra Hartley into the UU ministry on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. The ordination will include a service full of tradition, song and ceremony, followed by a simple reception.

Hartley, who currently resides in Ann Arbor, graduated with a Masters of Divinity Degree from Detroit Ecumenical Theological Seminary in 2014. She will be joining the staff of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor in July as an Assistant Minister of Growth and Development.

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington (UUCF) is located at 25301 Halsted Road, in Farmington Hills, and is the oldest continuously operating Universalist Church in Michigan. The meetinghouse was built in 1853, and was moved from Piety Hill on Shiawassee road in downtown Farmington to its current location in 1967. The church was originally a Universalist meetinghouse, and has been serving as a liberal congregation in the Farmington area for more than 160 years. It is listed on the Michigan State Registry of Historic Places.

It it is believed that Hartley will be the seventh minister to be ordained at UUCF. According to Gwen Foss, an unofficial historian of the church, John Henry Palmer and Wellington Sisson were both ordained at the church in 1871, Elizabeth Etz was ordained in 1955, Rick Neff in 1971, Davidson Loehr in 1986, and Suzanne Paul, who served as a former minister of UUCF was ordained in 1991.

Cassandra and her husband, Robert Beane, attended UUCF when they started their family, and when Hartley decided to become a minister of the Unitarian Universalist faith. It is because of that special relationship with UUCF that she asked the congregation to host her ordination. Ministers from Michigan and around the country will travel to Farmington Hills to participate in the ordination. Hartley is taking this opportunity to thank family members, mentors and teachers for their support, and explains, “An ordination ceremony is a reminder that no minister reaches ordination without help from their family, their congregations, other ministers and lay leaders.” She adds that asking someone to participate in an ordination ceremony is always a sign of deep gratitude.

Well-known humanitarian, Dr. William F. Schultz, the outgoing president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (uusc.org), formerly of Amnesty International USA, and a previous president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), will deliver the sermon.

Meet UU Farmington’s Minister, Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi

Leonetta Bugleisi

The Reverend Leonetta Bugleisi has been an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister for 24 years.  Her interests in the history and use of the Labyrinth; the philosophy of Buddhism and poetry/journaling as spiritual practice  have been nurtured within Unitarian Universalism since 1976 when she first joined Grosse Pointe Unitarian. The Rev. Leonetta has served congregations UU  in Mankato, MN; St. Louis, MO; Chicago, Il; and Rochester Hills, MI.  She enjoys reviewing the research and continuing conversation of where churches are headed in these post-modern and beyond times.

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