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Dennison to be installed at church

McHENRY – The Rev. Sean Parker Dennison will be formally installed at 4 p.m. Sunday as the settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry (Tree of Life), 5603 Bull Valley Road.

Dennison was chosen by a unanimous vote at a congregational meeting a year ago after a search of more than two years.

He preached his first official sermon in August. He will be the 40th minister to the 148-year-old congregation that began as the First Congregational Church of Woodstock.

Dennison previously served congregations in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been active in denominational affairs. He also is a blogger and a voice for the transgender community.

The installation service will include a robed processional of religious professionals. The minister emeritus to the congregation, the Rev. Dan Larsen, will give the welcome, and the Rev. Rosemary Bray-McNatt, senior minister of the Fourth Universalist Society in New York City, will preach the installation sermon.

Others participating in the ceremony are the Rev. Kent McKusick, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, Iowa; the Rev. Hilary Landau Krivchenia, Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist, Palatine; the Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson-Doyle, Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford; and Barb Greve, interim director of religious education, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta.

A reception will follow the service.

For information, call the church at 815-322-2464, email or visit


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