Rev. Lindeman installed as vicar of St. Ann’s-by-the-Sea
The installation of Rev. Eileen Lindeman as the third vicar of St. Ann’s By-The-Sea may have been an important affair, but it was anything but somber.
During the ceremony, which took place underneath a tent behind the church on Sunday, July 27, there was laughter, singing and the traditional moment during which friends and strangers alike wish each other peace and goodwill. The attendees may have had one eye looking out at the sky, anticipating some inclement weather that had been promised by forecasters, but it never arrived.
The celebration was overseen by The Right Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island, and participants also included Pastor Steve Hollaway from Harbor Church, Cantor Elliott Taubman and Richard Weisbroat played the shofar and chanted, in Hebrew, a prayer that translated as “We praise you, O God, Eternal Spirit of the Universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us to reach this season, this celebration.”
During the ceremony, which Rev. Knisely described as a “special and unusual service,” members of the congregation also participated. Jim Hinthorn read from the Book of Romans, and other members presented Rev. Lindeman with gifts, including a Bible, a vessel of water for baptizing, oil for healing, a basket to symbolize the idea of helping people on Block Island and other places, and a key to symbolize that the “doors of the church be open to all people.”