Jill Cowie now leads Unitarian Church on Martha’s Vineyard

Jill Cowie after receiving a poster created by young members of the congregation to commemorate her installation. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Jill Ardith Cowie was formally installed as the new minister of the Universalist Unitarian Society of Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday afternoon. The society’s church on Main Street in Vineyard Haven was packed with members of all ages eager to welcome their new leader.

As much a celebration as a ceremony, the 90-minute installation was punctuated by ten musical pieces — two instrumental pieces, five hymns, and three offerings by the UUSMV choir. Representing a variety of faiths, eight clergy members, including Ms. Cowie, participated in the event.

In the Act of Installation, the members said, “We call you, Jill Ardith Cowie, to be our minister. We call you to voice your truth with love, to walk with us in our joy and sorrow, to lead us in acts of justice and compassion, to offer us your spiritual guidance, and to serve faithfully in words and deed the principles of our faith. We welcome you into our lives and call you to join our faithful witness as religious people to the building of the beloved community.”

Ms. Cowie responded, “With a joyful heart and a humble spirit, I do accept your call.”

A graduate of the Andover Newton Theological School, Ms. Cowie served at the First Universalist Society in Franklin. She and her husband, Ben, and their four children — two sets of twins — live in Marshfield.