Rev. Kate Tucker, Minister Emerita, Associate Minister 1997-2012
Here are 10 ways we celebrated her presence in our lives these past 15 years. She will, of course, always live on in the history archives of First Universalist Church now.
1) At the annual meeting she was unanimously named Minister Emerita.
2) After the annual meeting, the Good Goodbye team began to give out her gift to the congregation of CDs, that include six of the sermons she most wanted us to have as a keepsake. The Good Goodbye team ordered enough for one per household.
3) The History Hounds team gave Kate a gift of a photobook that includes excerpts from a few sermons, and images from over the years. Many congregants have ordered a copy of the book, which was created at First Universalist’s Shutterfly account. The suggested donation is $30 for hardcovers and $20 for softcovers; there is no additional shipping cost when we order in bulk. If you are interested in getting a copy of this book, find the sample and sign up at the Hub on Sundays, or via Sandy@firstuniv.org in the front office, leaving your contact information and a check made out to First Universalist, with History Hounds in the memo line. Someone will get back in touch about your book after the order comes in.
4) We videotaped her last sermon, on May 20. The video has been uploaded in two parts: Part 1, includes the open song by Ann Reed and the first section of Kate’s sermon; Part 2, includes the final section of her sermon as well as part of the song “We Will” that the congregation sang that day led by Ann Reed and the choir. (The podcast is available here.)
5) Kate’s poignant April 29 sermon, “Love and Legacy,” is available in podcast form here.
6) Public testimonials from congregants were excerpted in the upcoming June Liberal, and are included here in full.
7) Kate’s parting words were recorded in the 2011-12 Annual Report, along with additional sermon excerpts.
8) Many congregants have asked Kate for a list of her favorite authors, that she consulted for many sermons over the years. She offers that list here. (note: we are missing this link temporarily)
9) Several of Kate’s memorable sermons are available here, via Podbean.
10) The Association of Universalist Women celebrated her with a tribute by Mary Junge; contact AUW for a copy of the wonderful homage.