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Blue Hill church to install senior minister on Oct. 15

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First Congregational Church of Blue Hill | BDN
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Rev. J. Gary Brinn

BLUE HILL, Maine — The First Congregational Church of Blue Hill will celebrate the installation of the Rev. J. Gary Brinn as its senior minister at a ceremony performed by the United Church of Christ at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

Clergy and friends will gather from throughout the region for this special event, the first such installation in 30 years in the area.

Rev. Brinn grew up in a working class family in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virg. Knowing he would never fit in the Southern Baptist tradition of his childhood, he began a religious journey, exploring Christian and non-Christian traditions, according to the church press release.

Brinn traveled to many places and tried many jobs. A disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, Brinn was working as director of Learning for a new media company in lower Manhattan when a plane flew into the World Trade Center.

The suddenness of the deaths of so many inspired him to stop putting off the plans he had for “someday” and to answer what he had always felt was a call to ministry. He went back to school to complete a long-abandoned Bachelor’s Degree at Hunter College, graduating with a double major in British Literature and Studio Art in 2005.

He attended Harvard University’s Divinity School, graduating with a Master of Divinity, then served as the Tanenbaum Fellow for Inter-Religious Practice at Vassar College for a year before being ordained, first serving as an associate pastor in Penn Central Conference.

His next call was as the pastor at Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ on Long Island, N.Y., a church that has long been the region’s Progressive Christian voice.

He accepted the call to First Congregational Church of Blue Hill at 22 Tenney Hill on July 10, and within the week he and his dog Oscar moved to Blue Hill.

There will be refreshments after the installation service.

Christian clergy are encouraged to robe, with red as the color of the day. Interfaith clergy are encouraged to wear vestments suitable for worship. For information, contact the Church Office at 374-2891 or