The Ordination of Tovis Page into the Unitarian Universalist Ministry

Saturday, May 6th, 2023
2:00pm PT / 5:00pm ET

Please join us, in person or virtually, as the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City ordains Tovis Page into the Unitarian Universalist ministry. Those in-person are invited to stay for refreshments as we celebrate this beloved and longtime member of our fellowship. RSVPs for in-person ceremony attendance is a must due to the limited seating. Religious professionals attending in person are invited to robe and process; the robing room will open at 1:15 pm. Childcare will be available.

Ordination in the Unitarian Universalist Tradition

(Adapted from the UUA’s Ordination and Installation Handbook)

Ordination is one of the most important traditions of the Unitarian Universalist faith as it represents a congregation’s faith in, and support for, a new minister within our denomination. It is a rite of initiation through which a lay person is welcomed into the community of clergy, usually after years of preparation. In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, the ritual of ordination also allows the minister to use the title of Reverend.

Ordination isn’t just about one person’s ministry. Each congregation has the authority to ordain and call ministers as a sacred privilege and responsibility. As a formal recognition of entry into service as a Unitarian Universalist minister, ordination offers an invitation to individual and communal transformation, as well as an opportunity to serve our faith in the world.

About Tovis

Tovis Page (she/her) received her call to ministry as a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, where she served as a lay leader in Religious Exploration, Interfaith Affairs, Social Justice, Governance and Worship. After graduating from Starr King School for the Ministry in May 2022, Tovis completed an internship in Clinical Pastoral Education at Stanford hospital. She currently serves as a contract minister for the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, her former internship congregation. 

Tovis is called to congregational ministry and to the larger Unitarian Universalist movement that seeks to embody a theology of radically inclusive love, continuous revelation and collective liberation. In addition to her service to UU communities, Tovis also works as the Program Coordinator of the Peninsula Solidarity Cohort, a group of 35 religious leaders from diverse traditions working for justice, equity and compassion in San Mateo County. 

Prior to discerning her call to ministry, Tovis earned a Master’s of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in Religion, Gender and Culture at Harvard University. She has a background in Vipassana meditation practice and completed a yearlong course in Buddhist chaplaincy before starting her UU training. Tovis lives on the Peninsula with her spouse, their two middle-school-aged children and various furry, feathered and scaly critters.