First Congregational Church of Camden to celebrate the Installation of Reverend Dr. Ute Susanna Molitor

The First Congregational Church of Camden will formalize its covenant in ministry with its new settled minister, Rev. Dr. Ute S. Molitor, and the wider United Church of Christ in
a formal service of installation on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 2:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend this important event in the life of the church.  
 
The service will include special music with brass accompaniment. Dr. Robert A. Jonas will preach. He is the founder and director of The Empty Bell, a Christian contemplative sanctuary with a special emphasis on the Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and the arts, located in Northampton, Massachusetts. Dr. Jonas is a clinical psychologist, spiritual director, author, musician, and earth steward. He is a long-time friend and spiritual guide to Ute Molitor. Ute Molitor is also particularly interested in spiritually transformative practices and incorporates wisdom of various faith traditions in her ministry. 
 
Since arriving in Camden last year, Reverend Molitor has embraced the congregation's strong commitment to serving the community and the desire for spiritual growth. She continues to learn about the real needs in the wider community, including but not limited to access to affordable medical care, housing, food, and addiction recovery services. She has been impressed by the ways citizens are using their time and talents to address these needs. She is an active member of the Midcoast Clergy Interfaith Alliance and enjoys collaboration beyond traditional dividing lines.  
 
The service of installation will be held in the church sanctuary, located at 55 Elm Street, Camden. A special offering will be taken to support individuals from the Midcoast Association UCC who are preparing for the ministry. Following the service of installation, the church Deacons will host a reception in the Pilgrim Room. RSVPs are appreciated by calling the church office at 207-236-4821 or emailing churchoffice@camdenucc.org.    
 
More about Reverend Molitor 
Ute Susanna Molitor was unanimously confirmed by members of the First Congregational Church of Camden on June 17, 2018, following her candidating sermon. She commenced her role as Settled Minister on September 24, 2018. Rev. Molitor has more than 20 years of ministerial experience, having served UCC churches in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. Most recently, she served as Chaplain within a German partner church of the United Church of Christ. Her role included ministry with the elderly, pastoral care for chronically mentally ill and/or addicted adults, and children with behavioral and emotional challenges. As a dual citizen of Germany and the United States, Ute Molitor has studied extensively in both countries, earning advanced degrees in Theology and American Literature, as well as a Doctorate in Ministry, Pastoral Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, she is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, Certified Interim Minister, trained spiritual guide, and holds a diploma in Craniosacral Therapy. Rev. Molitor is currently studying with Richard Rohr, James Finley, and Cynthia Bourgeault as part of the "Living School” of the Center for Action and Contemplation (www.cac.org). The program fosters direct engagement with the suffering and joys of the world, grounded in Christian contemplative practice, and immersed in dialogue with other faith traditions as well as modern science. 
 
Rev. Molitor and her husband, Mark Burrows who is a poet and church historian, are also drawn to this area for its natural beauty and engaging cultural life. Mark’s paternal ancestors actually lived in Camden in the early 1790s. He has offered talks in Camden from time to time on subjects ranging from theology to poetry. They have a blended family with two adult daughters.   
 
About the First Congregational Church of Camden 
Founded in 1805, The First Congregational Church of Camden is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. Worship service is held every Sunday morning at 9:30 am, and all are welcome. Sunday school for pre-K through ninth grade students begins at 8:45 am, and nursery care is provided during worship. The congregation sustains a number of outreach programs, including Heavenly Threads Thrift Shop, the Shields Mission, Soup’s On!, the Friends of Music concert series, among others. For more information about the life of First Congregational Church, visit www.camdenucc.org,  follow us on Facebook, call 207-236-4821, or stop by any Sunday morning. 

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