Service of the Living Tradition (SLT)

Newly called ministers cross the GA stage, shaking hands and embracing along the way.

2018 Service of the Living Tradition

The Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group invites you to join us at this service where we honor fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders, remember those who have died, recognize those who have completed active service, and welcome those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year.

The Service of the Living Tradition (SLT) is Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 4 pm PT / 5 pm MT / 6 pm CT / 7 pm ET. The service is open to the public and video is streamed live online on UUA.org. General Assembly registration is not required.

Rev. Natalie Fenimore lights the chalice.

Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

The sermon will be delivered by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore. She serves as the Minister for Lifespan Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY. She is the former President of the Liberal Religious Educators Assn. and was a member of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change. Currently, the Rev. Dr. Fenimore is a member of the UUMA Board of Trustees and is Vice President of Starr King School for the Ministry' Board of Trustees. Rev. Dr. Fenimore is the author of Unitarian Universalist Religious Education Curriculum and Religious Education Renaissance Modules, meditations and readings. Her Doctor of Ministry area of study is Narrative Theology with an emphasis on Story and Faith Identity Development for African American Unitarian Universalists.

Stephen Michael Smith

Stephen Michael Smith

Stephen Michael Smith, SLT Music Director, has served as Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Manhasset, NY since 1999, and prior to that held a similar position at The First Unitarian Church of Oakland, CA. He also is Music Director of The Symphonic Pops Orchestra of Long Island and the Danbury Community Orchestra in Connecticut. Previously, he served as Music Director of the Dalton Alumni Chorale in New York City and the Shrewsbury Chorale in New Jersey, and prepared both groups for their Carnegie Hall debuts. He has had the honor of conducting twice in the International Northern Baltic Festival in the historic Hermitage Theatre of the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. He and his husband, playwright William Ivor Fowkes, live in New York City and Connecticut.

Sermons of the SLT Since 1997

  • 2006 "To Live In This World," Judith Meyer
  • 2005 "Out From Walden," Patrick O’Neill
  • 2004 "Count It All Joy," Rosemary Bray McNatt
  • 2003 "Give 'Em The Old Razzle Dazzle," Gary E. Smith
  • 2002 "Only By Your Presence (PDF)," Barbara Pescan
  • 2001 "Called! By Whom? To What?" Richard S. Gilbert
  • 2000 "Imagining a New World," Marilyn Sewell
  • 1999 "Other Pulpits, Other Ministries," Mark Belletini
  • 1998 "Truth Telling (PDF)," Barbara Merritt
  • 1997 "Too Swift to Stop, Too Sweet to Lose (PDF)," William F. Schulz (Schulz gave two sermons with the same title, one at each of the two SLTs; both are included here.)