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Checking in with the Reverend Drew Kennedy

By the Rev. Drew Kennedy and the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom

Photo Credit: Jeff Pearcy


Dear members and friends,

It is such a gift that First Church’s Minister Emeritus, the Reverend Drew Kennedy, and his wife, Lois Wesener, will be joining us for my Installation as your Senior Minister. Drew and Lois are much beloved by this congregation, and I am honored that Drew will participate in the Installation. Drew’s message to you about his and Lois’s participation in the congregation, their lives, and our burgeoning covenantal relationship is below.

Best wishes,

The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom,  Senior Minister

Dear members and friends,

It is with great joy that Lois and I anticipate being with our beloved First Church community on April 30 after a hiatus of almost three years since my retirement as Senior Minister in June of 2014. Our joy will be compounded by my participation that day in the Installation of The Reverend Jennifer Nordstrom as your currently settled Senior Minister.

Jennifer and I have been communicating and meeting regularly. As is a recommended “best practice” by the UU Association and the UU Ministers Association and after considerable conversations, Jennifer and I are putting the final touches on a covenant. Our covenant will outline the expectations and boundaries of our relationship as well as my relationship to the church. Unfailingly, in the course of our conversations and what I read in The Chanticleer, I have found Jennifer to be cordial, smart, sensitive and wise. First Church is lucky to have her!

While my role in the Installation service—appropriately—will be minor, my presence is intended to unmistakably signal my enthusiastic blessing on this undertaking. In short, I am delighted to have Jennifer be my successor, and I am delighted that, as of the Installation, Lois will immediately resume attending First Church services and events while I will wait until Ingathering next fall.

Please know that retirement has been exceedingly kind to us (although Lois still works one day a week.) We are both in excellent health. I am playing soccer three times a week and in a pool twice a week. I am also enjoying reading more than ever! Wish me luck as I just started an outstanding, 957-page biography of Dostoevsky. Lois regularly plays sheepshead, attends a book group, volunteers, manages our small condominium association, and closely monitors the eccentricities of the Trump administration. In an incredibly dicey world, what an astonishing gift to be able to enjoy such freedom to structure our time in retirement. We love it! And we are grateful.

But we miss our people: you! And those among you whom we have not yet met. So, we are looking forward to seeing you on April 30 at the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom’s service of Installation!

Cheers and love,

The Reverend Andrew C. Kennedy, Minister Emeritus


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