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In Memory of . . . David H. Cole (1921-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Rev. Dr. David H. Cole died on June 27, 2011. He was 90 years old.

Rev. Cole was born in Lynn, MA, on April 5, 1921 to Milton N. and Lorena K. Cole. Rev. Cole graduated from Tufts University in 1945 and Tufts University Crane School of Theology in 1947. He received an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard and the University of Chicago in 2005.

He served at the UU Church in Danvers, MA, where he was ordained in 1947; the First Universalist Society of Chicago, IL; the Unitarian Universalist Church in Urbana, IL; the Unitarian Church of Rockville, MD; and the West Shore Unitarian Church in Rocky River, OH. Following retirement, he served as Interim Minister at the Benevolent Fraternity of Unitarian Universalist Churches in Boston, MA; the Pacific Unitarian Church of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Church of Strongsville, OH; Olmstead Unitarian Universalist Church in Olmstead, OH; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise, AZ; the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, Long Island, NY. Through summers and after the family moved to Maine, Rev. Cole welcomed the invitation to preach at the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist fellowship in Edgecomb, ME, from 1963-2007 (now meeting in Damariscotta, ME). He was Minister Emeritus at West Shore Unitarian Church of Rocky River, OH.

Rev. Cole was an active and longtime member on many boards and committees within the denomination and within the greater communities in which he and his family lived. As a strong proponent of a world community, he traveled to Germany after WWII for the UU Service Committee to help set up housing for displaced children and orphans. He also was an advocate of Palestinian issues following visits to Israel. He was a delegate at conferences of the International Association for Religious Freedom in Belgium and Transylvania and traveled to Prague on aid missions to help revitalize their historic congregation. He was instrumental in the founding of the Society for Larger Ministry (now known as the Society for Community Ministries) and served as its first chair.

His hobbies included sailing on the Maine coast every summer, carpentry, gardening, tennis, golf, and playing bridge or cribbage with his friends, for whom he held great affection. He also enjoyed meeting annually in Sudbury, MA, with the clergy study group, the Fraters of the Wayside Inn.

Rev. Cole is survived by his wife of 47 years, Iska (Jurasek-Godsey) Cole along with their children (and partners); Lynda and Albert Hurt of Spokane, WA; Karen and Monte Edelstein of Newcastle, ME; Cynthia and Lyle Johanson of Spokane, WA; Kevin and Katie Godsey of Marble Hill, MO; Gloria Martin of Wrentham, MA; Victoria Staples and partner Victor of Glen Allen, VA; and Steven Cole of Cleveland, OH. He also left several grandchildren; Natalie and Sydney Martin; Justin Bickson and partner Rylee with great- granddaughter, Teagyn; and Joshua and Melissa Eager with great-grandchildren, Ryan and Jason.

A celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. David H. Cole will be held at the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which meets at the Skidompha Public Library, 184 Main St., Damariscotta, ME on Sunday, July 31 at 11:30 A.M. and a formal memorial service will be held at the West Shore Unitarian Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH on Saturday, August 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Notes of condolence may be sent to his wife Iska Cole, 7 Outlook Lane, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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In Memory of . . . Dorothy W. Kimble (1942-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Rev. Dorothy W. Kimble died on July 1, 2011. She was 69 years old.

Rev. Kimble was born in Natick, MA, on May 27, 1942, to Joseph and Edith (Carter) Wilson. Rev. Kimble received her RN from the Beth Israel School of Nursing in 1963, her BA from Framingham State College in 1976, and her Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in 1981.

Rev. Kimble was ordained on May 3, 1981, at the First Congregational Unitarian Church in Northborough, MA. She was called to serve as minister at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson in Hudson, MA; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, ME; and the First Parish Church of Groton, MA. She also served as interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Waterville, ME, and the Hopedale Unitarian Parish in Hopedale, MA.

Prior to, and during, her ministry Rev. Kimble held positions as an operating room nurse, a psychiatric nurse on a hospital psychiatric unit, a mental health nurse providing in home care, and as the care coordinator in both an assisted living facility and a residential home for mentally ill teenagers. She decided to make the move to ministry because, although she loved taking care of people on a physical level, she felt "something was decidedly missing…of course, it turned out to be the spiritual dimension.” Rev. Kimble once stated that she didn’t feel she had left nursing, but "only that (she’d) changed (her) focus in regards to how (she) want(ed) to help others to help themselves.” After retirement, she continued this mission as she took on what she referred to as the best job she ever had - homeschooling her eldest grandson.

Rev. Kimble enjoyed writing sermons, poetry and articles on the topic of nursing. In 1992, she received an award from Ministerial Sisterhood Unitarian Universalism for a sermon entitled, "Glorious Woman,” and in 1993, "Sacred Trust: Ministering to Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse,” was published by the Alban Institute.

Rev. Kimble is survived by her husband of 47 years, Stanley Kimble; her daughters, Diane Kimble Willcutts and Laurie Kimble of West Hartford, CT; and her grandchildren, Ty Kimble Padula, Pandora Kimble Willcutts, and Emerson Kimble Willcutts. She also leaves her brothers, Joseph Wilson of West Peterboro, NH and Clifford Wilson of Ashland, MA, and her sister, Terri Hendy of Nipomo, CA.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Parish Church, 40 Church St., Northborough, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice at VNA Healthcare, 103 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105 or the Farmington River Watershed Association, 749 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070.

Notes of condolence may be sent to her husband Stanley Kimble, 22 Duffield Dr., West Hartford, CT 06107.

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In Memory of . . . Herbert R. Adams (1932-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Herbert R. Adams died on March 18, 2011. He was 78 years old.  Rev. Adams was born in Philadelphia, PA, on April 19, 1932, to Leander H. and Helen R (Richards) Adams. Rev. Adams graduated from Colby College in 1954, where he was involved in theatre productions and won the Levine Prize for Public Speaking, and Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1972. He also attended Harvard Divinity School, Theil College, Kent State, and Boston University.

He served at the Follen Church Society in Lexington, MA, where he was ordained in 1968; Lake Shore Unitarian Society in Winnetka, IL; First Universalist Church of West Paris, ME; First Universalist Church of South Paris, ME; and the First Universalist Church of Norway, ME. He also served interim ministries at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, NY; the UU Congregation of Santa Fe, NM; and the UU Fellowship of Charlotte County in Port Charlotte, FL. He was Minister Emeritus at the First Universalist Church in West Paris, ME, where he was also a member.

In addition to his career in the ministry, Rev. Adams was a textbook editor and developer at several companies, the last of which was Laidlaw Brothers, a subsidiary of Doubleday & Company, where he served as President and CEO. He also taught English in public schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Maine and served as a principal of the Middle School in the Oxford Hills school district in Maine.

Rev. Adams began his ministry while a student at Colby College, ordained by the Fairfield Methodist Church where he served on weekends. Later while still at Colby, he commuted to Scarborough to serve the Pine Point Congregational Church, where he also served full time after his graduation. He left there in 1956 to study at Harvard Divinity School.

While in the Unitarian ministry, he authored a curriculum for church schools for the Unitarian Universalist Association Department of Education entitled "Project Listening,” based upon his doctoral research and thesis about the importance of empathic listening. Later while in the publishing business, he co-authored a book, "Listening Your Way to Management Success.”

Rev. Adams was a past president of the Norway Paris Kiwanis Club and various civic organizations in the Oxford Hills and Lovell. He had a particular interest in lakes conservation. He enjoyed Heald Pond, his summer home of 42 years, golf, fishing, poker, theatre, and jazz music. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his extensive extended family.

Rev. Adams is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Ryan Adams; his sister Anne Adams; and his four children, Ashley, Joshua, Lee, and Rachel Adams; three step children, Ande Hall, Ken Hill, and Rich Hill; twelve grandchildren, Sam, Jill, Vanessa, Rebecca, Jonno, Hannah, Tucker, Reuben, Calvin, Jenny, Ezra, and Nora; five nieces and nephews; and his faithful Boston Terrier, Betty Boop. He was predeceased by two brothers, Hampton and Jon B. Adams.

A celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Herbert R. Adams will be held at the First Universalist Church of Norway, 479 Main St., Norway, Maine on April 23, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rev. Adams’s memory to the West Paris Universalist Church, P.O. Box 36, West Paris, ME 04289, or to the First Universalist Church of Norway, 479 Main St., Norway, ME 04268.


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In Memory of . . . Virginia P. Knowles (1924-2011)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Virginia Perin Knowles died on January 23, 2011 after a long decline. She was 87 years old.  Rev. Knowles was born in Washington, D.C., on January 10, 1924 to Bernard K. Perin and Virginia Protzman Perin. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1945 with a BA in Liberal Arts, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1948 with an MA in International Affairs, University of Chicago in 1976 with a Masters of Divinity and Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1979 with a Doctor of Ministry degree. She also studied at the Sorbonne and the University of Mexico during the 1940’s.

She served as the Director of Religious Education at Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, VA and at Beverly Unitarian Church in Chicago, IL. Upon completion of her theological studies, she was called as minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA. Following her time spent in Redwood City, she served as interim minister at both the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign in Urbana, IL and the First Unitarian Church of Louisville, KY. Rev. Knowles was next called to State College, PA where she served as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County. Following this period, she served as interim minister at the First Universalist Church of Rochester in Rochester, NY, the Unitarian Church North in Mequon, WI, and finally at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Adelphi, MD until 1992 at which time she retired from full-time ministry. Following retirement she served as a consulting minister at the First Unitarian Church in Lynchburg, VA. She served on the governing boards of various denominational organizations over the years including the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, UU Collegium, and UU’s for Social Justice in the DC region.

Prior to her ministry, Rev. Knowles worked in Paris for the U.S. Foreign Service and was subsequently accepted, along with a small group of other women, into an exalted and predominantly male program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Upon completion, she was recruited by the newly organized CIA to work with refugees and ex-patriots from Eastern Europe. Her husband at the time, Ed Knowles, worked alongside her at the CIA. While stationed in Munich she gave birth to twins, one of whom was learning disabled as a result of a brain injury. The twins were soon followed by the birth of another child, Jeffrey. While her children were young, she began working as Director of Religious Education and Assistant to the Minister at the First Parish in Cambridge, MA. With money being scarce for the newly divorced mother of three, she took a more lucrative position with the Office (now Department) of Education as an international specialist. Eight years later with her children grown, and upon the advent of what she, and others, termed "women’s lib” she made the decision to rethink her life plans and enter the ministry, once again choosing a path that few women had traversed. Rev. Knowles, when writing in 1975 of her decision to enter the ministry, asked herself what in life gave her the most lasting satisfaction. Her answer follows: "Developing ideas which give some coherence to life in this galaxy, realizing again with companions of all ages that our work in a common cause can sometimes make a difference, discovering that I can inspire friends to try new ways or see some light through darkness, these are for me what make life worth living. Most fulfilling of all I find sharing with my fellows the awesome variety and depth of ways we cope with being human on this earth.”

Rev. Knowles is survived by her children Edward Christopher "Kit” Knowles and Katherine Perin Knowles of Tucson, AZ. Her youngest son, Jeffrey Knowles, died in 2007 at the age of 56.

A service to celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Virginia P. Knowles was held on Sunday, March 6, at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church of Adelphi, MD where she was a member. Rev. Diane Teichert officiated at the memorial service.

Please send messages of condolence to family friend, Marge Owens, 119 Northway, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

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In Memory of . . . James D. Hunt (1931-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Monday, February 28, 2011

The Rev. Dr. James D. Hunt died on January 12, 2011. He was 79 years old.  Dr. Hunt was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 28, 1931, to Richard and Elizabeth D. Hunt. He later became stepson to John L. Daneker. Dr. Hunt graduated from East Greenwich, R.I. High School in 1948, Tufts College in 1952, and Boston University in 1958 upon receiving his Masters of Theology. He earned a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1965. His thesis was "James Luther Adams and his Demand for an Effective Religious Liberalism.”

He served as Associate Minister at Medford Hillside Universalist Church in Medford, MA, and Assistant Minister at Rockport Universalist Church in Rockport, MA, before being called to Acton Community University Church of South Acton, MA, where he served from 1954-1958 and where he was ordained in 1955. He also served as an Interim Minister for a summer at Blanchester Universalist Church in Blanchester, OH, and later as Minister of Cortland Universalist Church in Cortland, NY, from 1958-1961. In addition, he served at the First Unitarian Society of Albany, NY while a doctoral student.

Dr. Hunt made the decision to leave active ministry and devote his full attention to his academic pursuits in 1961. While earning his Ph.D. at Syracuse, he joined the faculty of the Dept. of Religion. After receiving his doctorate, Hunt joined the faculty of Tufts School of Religion - Crane Theological School in 1965. Upon its closure in 1968, Dr. Hunt found his ultimate and permanent home at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, through a civil rights era program that placed white professors at predominantly black colleges in the South.

For almost 30 years he was a Professor of Ethics and Religion at Shaw University. He had a passion for fairness and justice, which led him to study the philosophies of Mohandas K. Gandhi. He published four books on Mahatma Gandhi; Gandhi’s own grandson, Gopal Gandhi, noted Dr. Hunt’s ability to write and speak on Gandhi in an objective way. Hunt, like Gandhi, was an ardent proponent of non-violent protest. He was an activist for social change throughout the course of his life, from his engagement in the Civil Rights Movement through his struggle to put an end to the death penalty. Hunt was involved with Amnesty International, ACLU, Witness for Peace, Peace Action, CITCA, People of Faith against the Death Penalty, and the Congress of Racial Equality. His passions also extended to cycling, reading, hiking, folk dancing, playing the recorder, singing, travel and of course, his family.

Dr. Hunt is survived by his wife Jane (Henry) Hunt and his children, their partners, and his grandchildren - Sarah, Bob and Rivers; Nathan, Dove, Hannele and Pascal; Priscilla, Doug, Tasker and Owen; Jennifer, Marty, Caleb, Zachary and Hannah. Along with Jane, they are most grateful for his life.

A celebration of the life of Dr. James D. Hunt was held on Friday, February 18, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, NC. Contributions can be made to the Memorial Fund of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606.

Please send messages of condolence to Jane Hunt, 120 Pineland Cir, Raleigh, NC 27606-1313.


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In Memory of . . . Robert F. Kaufmann

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Updated: Monday, February 28, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Robert F. Kaufmann died on December 21, 2010 of bone cancer. Dr. Kaufmann was 89 years old.

Dr. Kaufmann was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 24, 1921, to Melvin and Vera Kaufmann. In 1970, at the age of 48, he received his M.Div. from Starr King School. He earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from United States International University in 1975.

He was called to the Emerson Unitarian Church in Canoga Park, CA, serving from 1969 to 1973, and was ordained there in 1970. In 1973, he was called to the Throop UU Church in Pasadena, CA, serving until 1985.

Dr. Kaufmann then began a series of interim ministries that spanned many years. He served at the following churches: Unitarian Church of Auckland, New Zealand; the Unitarian Church of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; Fourth Universalist Society, New York, NY; UU Congregation of Columbia, MD; UU Church of Long Beach, CA; UU Church of Studio City, CA; East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, WA; First Unitarian Church, Berkeley, CA; UU Fellowship of Boca Raton, FL; First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, MN; New York Society for Ethical Culture; First UU Congregation of the Palm Beaches, FL; and UUs of San Mateo, CA. Many of these interim ministries resulted in substantial increases in attendance, membership, and pledging. The Long Beach congregation named him Minister Emeritus in 1991 in recognition of his accomplishments as their interim.

Dr. Kaufmann served the denomination as President and Good Officer of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the UU Ministers Association. He also served on the Advisory Council for Accredited Interim Ministers. "Bob Kaufmann’s Mad World,” a satirical news column published in UU World among other papers, was named the nation’s best in the Variety of Topics category by the National Newspaper Association in 1968.

Active at the local and national level in numerous organizations, Dr. Kaufmann chaired the Board of the Southern California Urban Coalition and was president of the Pasadena Chapter of ACLU. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Pasadena NAACP; the National Committee on Prevention & Control of Delinquency, I. A. C. P; and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the National Urban Coalition. Most recently, Dr. Kaufmann presided over The Ethical Community Charter School Foundation, an organization which opened two charter schools in Fall 2009.

Prior to studying for the ministry, Dr. Kaufmann worked in a variety of professions - business, finance, journalism, television, public relations, and construction. He wrote for the Alan Young Show and recorded a comedy album for Decca Records, "A Trip Through A Blown Mind.” His poetry has appeared in several anthologies and recently he self-published "I Love You, I Think, Or I Would If I Knew What It Meant: 27 Chapters of Wit & Wisdom on Life, Laughter, and Love.” (www.whatifpublishing.com)

Dr. Kaufmann is survived by his wife Arlene; his daughter, Susan Kaufmann of Bellevue, WA; his son, Richard Kaufmann, and daughter-in-law, Pamela Kaufmann of San Diego, CA; a grandson, Robert Kendrick, and granddaughter, Dana Kendrick, both of Bellevue, WA.

A celebration of the life of Dr. Robert Kaufmann will be held on Sunday, January 23, at 2:00 p.m. at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 Southeast 32nd Street, Bellevue, WA. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to The Ethical Culture Charter School Foundation (TECCS) at http://www.nycharities.org/donate/c_donate.asp?CharityCode=2604,or by sending a check to: Dr. Judith D. Wallach, Vice President, 101 Central Park West, 1A, New York, NY 10023-4250.

Please send messages of condolence to Arlene Kaufmann, 401 – 100th Ave. NE #326, Bellevue, WA 98004.

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In Memory ... Mary J. Harrington (1952-2010)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Monday, November 1, 2010

The Rev. Dr. Mary J. Harrington died at home in Sheepscot, Maine, on October 26, 2010, after a courageous struggle with ALS. Her husband and children were with her and her passing was peaceful. She was 58 years old.

Rev. Harrington was born on January 2, 1952 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the oldest of six children. She attended Middlebury College and graduated, in 1974, from
William James College of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan with a BS in Social Ethics and Social Relations.

She served as executive director and consultant to numerous non-profit organizations including executive director of Home Hospice of Sonoma County, one of the first hospice programs in the United States.

In 1995, Rev. Harrington received her M. Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry. After graduation, she was ordained jointly by the First UU Church of San Francisco and the UU Congregation of Santa Rosa. She served the Santa Rosa church for a year and a half and as Interim for First UU Church of Houston before being called to the UU Church of Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1998. In 2004, she was called to the Winchester Unitarian Society, Winchester, Massachusetts and served for two years until retiring due to her illness. In 2007, the Winchester congregation named her Minister Emerita.

Rev. Harrington participated in denominational activities throughout her years in ministry. She was an active member of the Massachusetts Bay chapter of the UU Ministers Association serving as vice president for programs. As a member of the Greenfield Group, a clergy study group, she held the position of moderator. In 2005, in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Rev. Harrington was moved to co-found and serve as president of Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul, an all-volunteer organization with the "commitment to keep returning until residents there have been able to put their homes, schools and communities back together.” Rev. Harrington led 14 trips to the area, many from a wheelchair.

At the invitation of then UUA president Bill Sinkford, Rev. Harrington delivered the sermon at the Service of the Living Tradition at the 2009 General Assembly in Salt Lake City. Her sermon was called "A Lifetime Isn’t Long Enough.” Rev. Harrington wrote an online journal, Duck Dreams http://duckdreams.blogspot.com/, and with the help of her scribes, her final entry was made just two days before her death.

In 2009 Rev. Harrington was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Starr King for "her outstanding service as a parish minister and her inspiring leadership as president of Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul.”

On the Starr King Facebook page, her friend and colleague, Rebecca Parker, posted "
Mary was a splendid preacher and writer; a quiet, persistent and wise advocate for compassion, justice, and common sense; ever and always a tough and loving witness for life.”

Rev. Harrington is survived by her beloved husband of 30 years, Martin Teitel, of Sheepscot ME; her children, Julia Teitel of Malden, MA, and Samuel Teitel of Sheepscot, ME; stepson, Jason Teitel of Berkeley, CA; her five siblings Terry, John, Douglas, Scott and Sarah; as well as numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Reverend Mary J. Harrington Fund of Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul, 478 Main Street, Winchester MA 01890.
Notes of condolence may be sent to Marty, Jason, Julia, and Sam Teitel, at 657 Sheepscot Rd, Newcastle, ME 04553 or by visiting www.stronghancock.com.

A service in celebration of the Rev. Dr. Mary J. Harrington’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 8, at the Winchester Unitarian Church, 478 Main Street, Winchester MA 01890. More information about the service is available at www.winchesteruu.org.

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In Memory... Nancy J. Haley (1944-2010)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Reverend Nancy J. Haley died on August 27, 2010. Rev. Haley was 66 years old. Rev. Haley was born on July 12, 1944, in Rapid City, South Dakota, to Joseph Milton Pearl Shaver and Inez Lenore Shaver. She earned degrees from the University of Minnesota - a Bachelor of Arts in English and German Literature in 1966 and a Master of Arts in Theater & Costume Design in 1970.

For 10 years, Rev. Haley taught English as a Second Language for the Minneapolis Public Schools. She was a free lance writer and a film and video producer for nearly 25 years. Among her many productions was the 42 minute film, "Great Branches, New Roots: The Hmong Family" (1981) which documented the Hmong refugees’ concept of family, its structure, and its role in their survival in the Twin Cities.

She also wrote, produced, and directed on such varied topics as cultural awareness for tutors of English as a Second Language; living with disabilities; juror responsibilities; and how to take the bus for non-speakers of English. In addition, she filmed sessions for the Minnesota State Legislature from 1989 to 1992.

While a member of Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, Ms. Haley created Images for Our Lives, a series of videotapes for children that supplemented a religious education curriculum.

In March 1996, Rev. Haley received her M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and was ordained the following September at Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was Interim Minister to the Third Unitarian Church of Chicago for one year before being called to the UU Society of Iowa City, where she served until 2009. She was Interim to the Second Unitarian Church of Omaha from 2009 – 2010.

Rev. Haley was active in the Prairie Star District, serving on the board from 2002 to 2008; the Chalice Lighters Committee from 2008-09; and the Nominating Committee from 2009-10. David Leppik, one of her PSD Board colleagues said about her, "She was always lively, thoughtful and thought-provoking. When we got mired in budget debates and fears about funding, she would dare us to dream big: that if our services were valued, they would find funding. And she was right.”

Rev. Haley is survived by her loving partner of 21 years, Tom Johnson; son, John Haley (Monica Singh) of Los Angeles; daughter, Joanna Haley of Chicago; sisters, Marcia Houk (Garry Neiderworder) & Peggy Nielsen (Scott); nephew, Josh Houk (Lisa); nieces, Stephanie & Amanda Nielsen, all of Rapid City; loved ones, Melissa (Greg) Zeleny of West Saint Paul & grandchildren, Asha & Keira Haley, Quinn, Hayden & Birk Zeleny.

A service of remembrance was held at Unity Church Unitarian in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dahl Museum, Attn. Kathi Maxon, 713 7th Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701.

Please send notes of condolence to Tom Johnson, 1510 Red Cedar Road, Eagan, MN 55121.

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In Memory... Brandoch "Brandy" L. Lovely (1928 - 2010)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Monday, October 11, 2010

It is with a sense of loss that the Ministries and Faith Development staff group informs you of the death of the Reverend Dr. Brandoch L. Lovely. He died of cancer on September 29, 2010, at home with his family by his side. Dr. Lovely was 82 years old.

He was born on June 16, 1928 in Rhode Island to Doris Lewis and Napoleon William Lovely, a Unitarian minister. After graduating from Proctor Academy in Andover, NH, in 1946, he enlisted in the Army and served two years in the Transportation Corp. He graduated from Harvard in 1952 with a major in American History and Literature and attended Harvard Divinity School, graduating in 1954. While at Harvard, he worked as Religious Education director for the Winchester Unitarian Church and the West Newton Unitarian Church, both in Massachusetts.

After graduation, he briefly served the First Religious Society of Carlisle, MA, where he was ordained in 1954. He then served the Unitarian Church of Reading, MA; the First Unitarian Church of Austin, TX; the First Parish Old Ship Church in Hingham, MA; and the UU Neighborhood Church in Pasadena, CA.

In Austin, under Dr. Lovely’s leadership, the congregation built their first church building. After serving the Neighborhood Church from 1969 to 1993 the congregation named him Minister Emeritus. The following year, he was awarded Doctor of Theological Studies from Starr King Theological School.

Dr. Lovely also served several churches as interim minister including the Orange Coast UU Church, Costa Mesa, CA; Emerson Unitarian Church, Canoga Park, CA; the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, CA; and the UU Church, Riverside, CA.

Active in denominational affairs throughout his ministry, in 1974 Dr. Lovely chaired a continental convocation of UU ministers, the first such gathering to be held in over twenty years. He served as UUMA president, 1982-1985, and on the UUA Nominating Committee, 1992-1995. He also served for eight years as the ministerial settlement director for the Pacific Southwest District. In 1979, Dr. Lovely delivered the Service of the Living Tradition sermon, "The Intentional Community.” He was active in the ACLU and in 1965 he was elected president of the newly-founded Central Texas affiliate. He is the author of A Machiavellian View of the Ministry: A Guide for Professional Leaders of Voluntary Organizations.

Dr. Lovely is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judith Howerton Lovely; their children, Marcus Lovely and Amanda Wheeler, both of San Diego, Ann Kenney Magno, (her husband Phillip is deceased) of Pasadena, John H. Kenney (Yanett) of Orinda, CA, Clifford W. Kenney (Amy) of South Pasadena, CA, and Channing Lovely of Denver, CO. His daughter, Deborah Lovely, predeceased him. He is also survived by his brother, UU Minister Rev. Dr. Rupert L. Lovely (Patricia) of Milwaukee; his sister, Alicia Lovely (Carol) of New York City; and thirteen grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 9, at 4:00 p.m. at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103. The Reverend Jim Nelson will officiate.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Judith Lovely, 621 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106-3813.

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Rev. Dr. Árpád Szabó 1935-2010

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Friday, October 1, 2010

The Consistory of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church announces with deep sorrow the decease of its retired leader, Rev. Dr. Árpád Szabó, the 30th bishop of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church, who passed away on 30 September 2010, at the age of 76, following a year of hard illness endured with dignity and good faith.

During his lifetime he worked to promote the fulfilment of the centuries-old, historic mission of the Unitarian church, and served its needs with devoted enthusiasm, at convenient and inconvenient times. "Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid!” he preached the gospel of Jesus: the experience of God’s provident love, the responsible vocation of the Christian people, and the preserving power of a religious community.

He was born in 1935 in an ancient Unitarian village along the valley of the Homoród, and he studied in Városfalva, Székelykeresztúr and Kolozsvár, where he obtained his ministerial degree between 1953-1957. He started his career in the church as a secretary to the bishop between 1958-1965, later as the minister of the downtown Kolozsvár congregation between 1965-1976. In 1974 he became the professor of Unitarian biblical theology at the Protestant Theological Institute, and in 1977-1978, the scholarship holder of the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. In 1996 the Synod elected him as the 30th bishop of the church, reinforcing his title in 2002. He retired in 2008, after half of a century of church service.

The first part of his service passed in a period of great tribulations in church history, while the second part fell in times of opened perspectives. He fulfilled his mission with responsibility and commitment in both periods. As a minister, he called the attention of his parishioners upon the providing care of God and His power to preserve the community. As a teacher, he worked for the aim of passing on his knowledge in theological science and the vocation of ministry to the young generations. As a bishop, he sought to find orientation among newly appearing opportunities, and urged the spiritual and financial strengthening of the church. His attention was also extended on intellectual needs: by his own example, he encouraged the pursuance of theological sciences and literature, and the editing of church periodicals. The restarting of the denominational schools and their development into quality educational institutions, the strengthening of the church institutions, the constructions of new church buildings, and the promotion of international relations are all good evidence for his devoted, conscious, responsible service.

His funeral service will take place on Monday, the 4th of October 2010, at the Unitarian church of downtown Kolozsvár, from where he will be accompanied to the cemetery of Házsongárd.

May his memory be blessed!

Kolozsvár, 30 September 2010. The Consistory of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church

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