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In Memory of . . . David D. Van Strien (1924-2014)

Posted By Administration, Sunday, July 20, 2014
The Rev. David D. Van Strien died on June 29, 2014 at the age of 89.

David was born on December 23, 1924 to John Van Strien and Cornelia Van Strien. He graduated with his Bachelor of Art from Ursinus College in 1946 and his Bachelor of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1954.


Rev. Van Strien was ordained to the United Church of Christ on June 6, 1954. He served the North Congregational Church of Middleton, NY from 1954 to 1957, and the Belleville Congregational Church of Newburyport, MA from 1958 to 1969.

Rev. Van Strien was fellowshipped as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1967 He served as minister to the Peterborough UU Church, of Peterborough, NH, from 1969 to 1990 and was voted Minister Emeritus in 1990.

During his twenty years of service at the Peterborough UU Church, he re-established the Monadnock Summer Lyceum, a community-service program that brings well-known speakers to the greater Peterborough community. He baptized over twenty-five children, united sixty couples in marriage, and led over eight hundred worship services.

Rev. Van Strien dedicated much of his time to Unitarian Universalism, and served the denomination in various capacities. He served on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Board of Trustees for nine years He served as a Good Offices person of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA); and as President, Vice President and Secretary of the New Hampshire Vermont Chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.

David was a tireless activist for Palestinian human rights and co- founded Unitarian Universalists for Justice in The Middle East (UUJME) in the early 1970’s. He served UUJME for three decades, and chaired the organization from 1977 to 2003. Additionally, he founded the Palestine Education Network and received the New Hampshire Chapter of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's first annual award for his work in the causes of peace and justice.

David helped establish both the WIC Program and Planned Parenthood in Southwest NH; and was involved in the New Hampshire branches of the American Civil Liberties Union and Peace Action.

He is remembered by a colleague for his “sense of humor” and “devotion to religious community.”

He is survived by his wife, Karin Van Strien; brother in-law, Egmont Fortun (Ursula); four nephews; one niece; and many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory to the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Main Street, Peterborough, NH 03458.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Karin Van Strien at 205 RiverMead Road, Peterborough NH 03458.

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In Memory of . . . Robert T. Dick (1916-2014)

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 20, 2014

The Rev. Robert Tyrrell Dick died on May 31, 2014 at the age of 97.  Robert was born on December 17, 1916, to Joseph R. Dick and Alma Tyrrell Dick. He graduated from Tufts University in 1942 with a Bachelor of Art.  He went on to attain a Bachelor of Divinity from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in 1948.

Rev. Dick was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1948 by the Bristol Universalist Church of Bristol, NY. He served as minister to the First Universalist Church of Lyons, OH from 1951 to 1957 and as associate minister to the Universalist Church of West Hartford, CT from 1957 to 1959. He served as minister to the Belpre Circuit of Unitarian Universalist Churches, of Little Hocking, Frost, and Belpre, OH from 1959 to 1964; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Acton, MA, from 1964 to 1967 (now The First Parish Church of Stow and Acton); the Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield, VT and the Universalist Church of Chester Depot, VT (now the First Universalist Parish of Chester) from 1967 to 1976; and The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart, IN from 1976 to 1984. He was voted Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart in 1985, and honorary Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield, VT in 1998.

Committed to both the denomination and social justice, Rev. Dick served as board member of the Universalist Service Committee; Good Offices person to the NH/VT District; and advisor to the Erie Shore Federation of Liberal Religious Youth. He was a lifelong member of the interfaith peace organization, Fellowship of Reconciliation; member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; hospice volunteer; charter member of the liberal advocacy organization, Common Cause; and founder and board member of the Vermont Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA. In 1981, he was honored with the Adin Ballou Peace Award of the Unitarian Universalist Peace Fellowship.

 

Prior to entering the ministry, Robert served as a conscientious objector in Civilian Public Service from 1942 to 1946. He was enrolled in Tufts School of Religion during the drafting process and waived his theological exemption. His service included forestry work, ward duty in mental hospitals, and serving as a subject in a number of medical experiments.

His family members remember Robert for his dedication to peace, justice and race relations.

He is survived by his sons Nathan Dick and Jeffrey Taft-Dick; daughter, Noreen Redd; and grandchildren, Jonathan, Joya and Philip Taft-Dick. He is predeceased by his spouse, Helen Hersey Dick.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doolittle Home, 16 Bird St., Foxboro, MA 02035-2323, or to UURMaPA Endowment Fund, c/o Paul L'Herrou, Treasurer, UU Retired Ministers and Partners Association, 38 Kimball Avenue, #12, Ipswich, MA 01938-1222

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In Memory of . . . I. Gregg Carter (1929-2014)

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 6, 2014

The Rev. I. Gregg Carter died on April 20, 2014 at the age of 85.  Gregg was born on February 28, 1929, to Joseph and Lena Carter. He received a Bachelor of Science, majoring in sociology, from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) in 1949. After college, he was a social worker with the Tennessee Department of Welfare. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to1953 on active duty in Korea, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. He went on to attain a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School of the University of Chicago in 1956.  

 

Rev. Carter was ordained to the Unitarian ministry by the Westminster Congregational Society, at the Westminster Unitarian Church, in Providence, RI (now in East Greenwich, RI). He served as minister to the Westminster Congregational Society from 1956 to 1963, and the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, NY from 1963 to 1968. He simultaneously served the Unitarian Church of Sharon, MA and the First Universalist Church of Foxborough, MA from 1968 to 1969. He then served the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, MA from 1969 to 1974; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, MA from 1974 to 1977; and the First Congregational Parish in Kingston, MA from 1977 to 1988. He went on to serve as interim minister to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne, IN from 1989 to 1991; Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, of Oak Ridge, TN from 1991 to 1992; the Unitarian Universalist Church in Oak Park, IL (now Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation) from 1992 to 1993; and the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth, ME from 1994 to 1995.

 

Rev. Carter served the denomination in various capacities. He was a member of the Southern New England Unitarian Council from 1957 to 1958; advisor of the Narragansett Federation of Liberal Religious Youth from 1957 to 1958; secretary of the Channing Conference of Unitarian Churches from 1957 to 1958; president and scribe of the Channing-Murray Unitarian Ministers' Association from 1957 to 1961; board member of the New England Unitarian Ministers’ Association from 1957 to 1961; program chairman of the Greenfield Group of Unitarian Universalist Ministers from 1962 to 1964; member of the Social Concerns Committee of the Metropolitan District of Unitarian Universalist Churches from 1966 to 1967; program Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer of the Central Massachusetts District of Unitarian Universalist Ministers from 1971 to 1972; and treasurer of the Unitarian Sunday School Society from 1976 to 1977.


Gregg was an amateur organist and had a lifelong appreciation for music. He was a talented student of calligraphy, and taught several classes on the subject. Additionally, he was fascinated with the history of religion, and was an avid reader.

 

Gregg is described by his wife, Jane Carter, as “one of the kindest people who ever walked the earth….everyone who knew him felt that way about him.” She fondly remembers him as a gifted minister who was, “excellent at extemporaneous prayers and preaching” and a “wonderful father.”  

He is survived by his wife, Jane Carter; son, Scott Barton Carter; daughter, Catherine E. Carter and son-in-law Kevin Seward; and his sister-in law Marcia Akerholm, along with many cousins in Mississippi, Louisiana and Virginia.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CapeAbilities, 895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis, MA 02601.

 

Notes of condolences may be sent in care of Jane Carter, 103 Sanford Ave, Somerset, MA 02726-5209.

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In Memory of . . . Georgette I Wonders (1952-2014)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Rev. Georgette Irene Wonders died on April 11, 2014 at the age of 61.  Georgette was born on July 23, 1952, to Samuel and Joyce (Sturtevant) Wonders. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University in 1977, and went on to attain a Master of Divinity from the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry in 2001.


Rev. Wonders was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry on October 13, 2002, by the Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist, of Kenosha, WI. She was called to the Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist in August, 2002, and served there until her death.

Georgette joined the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association in 2002, and served as Good Officer for the Central Midwest Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association from 2005 to 2014. She served as a member of the Kenosha County Clergy Association, and as co-president of Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH) from 2005 to 2007.

 

Georgette enjoyed knitting, gardening, reading, baking, and quilting. A former elementary school teacher, she loved children and relished the time she spent with her great nieces and nephews. She recently announced her decision to retire from the ministry, and her post retirement plans included traveling, toy making, and spending time with her wife.

Georgette’s wife, Hope, lovingly remembers meeting Georgette and knowing that she “had a passion that had been building her whole life to really make a difference as a minister.” Hope remembers Georgette’s commitment to social justice and social action, her engaging presence, and ability to “look at the larger picture while holding the smaller pieces.”

She is survived by wife, Hope Engeseth; son, Andrew Wonders; parents, Sam and Joyce Wonders; sisters, Heather Keefer, Autumn (Simon Szeghy) Wonders and Naomi (Randy Groskinsky) Wonders; father-in-law, Lyle Bloom; brother-in-law, Leslie (Wendy) Bloom; and sister-in-law, Faith Wamuthu. Georgette is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 5810 8th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140; Congregations United to Serve Humanity (C.U.S.H.), 6050 8th Avenue Kenosha, WI  53143; or the Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network, 1713 62nd Street, Kenosha, WI 53143.

Notes of condolences may be sent in care of Hope Engeseth, 5608 35th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144.

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In Memory of . . . Herbert F. Vetter (1923-2014)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Herbert F. Vetter Jr. died on March 7, 2014, at the age of 90.  Herbert was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 27, 1923 to Herbert Ferdinand Vetter Sr. and Kathleen Wilson. He graduated the University of Chicago in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts.  He then attended Harvard Divinity School and Meadville Theological School, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1952. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Meadville Theological School in 1983.

 

Rev. Vetter was ordained to the Unitarian ministry on October 26, 1952, at the First Congregational Parish Unitarian in Sharon, MA. He served the First Congregational Parish from 1952 to 1953. In 1954, he was called to the Unitarian Church of Franklin, NH, at which he served as minister until 1957. He went on to serve the Unitarian Church of Delaware County, PA, from 1958 to 1959; The First Parish of Milton, MA, from 1959 to 1960; and The First Parish of Northborough, MA, from 1960 to 1964. In 1967, he was called to First Parish in Cambridge, of Cambridge, MA. He served First Parish until 1990, first as Associate Minister and then as Minister at Large, while simultaneously founding and directing Cambridge Forum. In 1999, First Parish in Cambridge voted him Minister Emeritus.

 

Rev. Vetter was very active within the denomination. He served as co-chair of the New England Ministers Institute; Moderator of the Greenfield Group of Unitarian Universalist Ministers; Field Education Representative of the Harvard Divinity School; Executive Committee Member of the New England Unitarian Ministers’ Association; member of the United Ministry at Harvard and Radcliffe; member of the Leverett House Senior Common Room at Harvard College; and member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Board of Chaplains.

 

An avid writer and historian, Rev. Vetter authored five books, and edited five additional titles. He wrote: Joyful Power (1999); The Harvard Square Book (2007); Is God Necessary? No! And Yes (2007); Prayers of Power (2008); James Luther Adams: Prophet to the Powerful (2008). He edited: Speak Out: Against the New Right (1982); The Heart of God: Prayers of Rabindranath Tagore (1997); Catholic Power vs. American Freedom (2002); Hartshorne: A New World View (2007); Notable American Unitarians 1740-1900 (2007).

 

In 1967, while serving First Parish in Cambridge, Rev. Vetter founded Cambridge Forum. Cambridge Forum began as a program of The Social Responsibility Committee of First Parish, and functioned as a platform that brought together renowned thinkers and ordinary citizens to discuss and examine social and political issues. Topics of discussion included the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the anti-nuclear movement. The Forum produced the first continental radio and television broadcasts done by Unitarian Universalists. Cambridge Forum now exists as a non-profit organization affiliated with First Parish; its live public discussions are broadcasted through National Public Radio.

 

Following his retirement from the ministry and Cambridge Forum, Rev. Vetter founded the Harvard Square Library in 2000 (www.harvardsquarelibrary.org). Affiliated with First Parish in Cambridge, Harvard Square Library is a digital library that features biographies, books, historical documents, and other materials about Unitarian Universalism and religious liberalism.

 

Herbert was interested in music, reading, visual and performing arts, and travel. He loved classical music and jazz; Duke Ellington was one of his favorite performers.

 

Herbert is remembered by his son, Jim, as having "an amazing intellect," and by his daughter, Kathleen, as having been “passionate about his many projects.”

 

He is survived by wife, Dorothy H. Vetter; daughter, Kathleen E. Vetter (John Zurich); son, James B. Vetter; son-in-law, Tim Kutzmark; two grandchildren, Lyra and Larsson; one great grandchild, Elsa; brothers, Donald Vetter, Walter Vetter, and Robert Vetter; and sister Muriel Helewicz.

 

A memorial service was held on March 22nd, at 2:00 p.m., at First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Rev. Tim Kutzmark, of The Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, officiated.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rev. Vetter's name to Cambridge Forum or Harvard Square Library, both at 3 Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138.

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In Memory of . . . Edgar Child Peara (1921-2014)

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 14, 2014

The Rev. Edgar Child Peara died on February 22, 2014 at the age of 92.  Edgar was born in Moline, Illinois on July 22, 1921, to A. Conrad Westling and Grace Child. His mother, Grace, remarried A.T. Peara and as an adult, Edgar assumed Peara as his last name.  He graduated from The Principia College in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts, and worked as a Registered Christian Science practitioner for eleven years. He left the Christian Science faith in 1958, and enrolled in seminary. He graduated Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1962 with a Bachelor of Divinity.

Ordained to the Universalist ministry in 1963, Rev. Peara was first called to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield, VT, and the Universalist Church of Chester Depot, VT. He served the two linked congregations until 1967. He was next called to the Lake Shore Unitarian Society of Wilmette, IL, at which he served from 1967 to 1976. He went on to serve the New Trier Unitarian Society, of Wilmette, IL from 1977 to 1987, and the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Park Forest, IL, from 1987 to 1997. The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Park Forest voted him Minister Emeritus in 1997.

Rev. Peara faithfully served the denomination and his community. He was President of both the New Hampshire/Vermont and the Central Midwest Districts; Social Action Consultant to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee; and President of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association’s Chicago Area Liberal Ministers’ Group. He spent four years practicing as an abortion counselor for the Chicago Area Clergy Counseling Service for Problem Pregnancies and founded the North Shore Peace Initiative, in Illinois, and Veterans for Peace, in Oregon. Post-retirement, he worked for over forty-two different volunteer organizations in Eugene, OR, and volunteered until the age of ninety-one.

Prior to his call to ministry, Rev. Peara served the Combat Engineers Corps, from 1942 to 1946, as a lieutenant and company adjutant. In 2010, he was named a Knight of the French Legion of Honor.

Rev. Peara was interested in travel, art, movies, sports, and ballroom dancing. He was an avid traveler; in 2000, he spent several months in Auckland, New Zealand and served as Interim Minister at Auckland Unitarian Church.  His son, Tim, remembers his father for valuing family, and collecting and telling jokes. He describes his father as a "kind and generous man,” who was ""very concerned about the community in which he lived.”

Rev. Peara is survived by sons, Chris Peara (Julie Mello), Jon Peara (Josie), Tim Peara (Carolyn), and Andy Peara (Alison); stepchildren, Portia Blackman (Dave), Allan Ball, Leah Pahlmeyer (Perry), and Sarah Taylor (Tim); ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two nieces; one nephew; and one cousin.

A Celebration of Life was held on May 17, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, 1685 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR, 97402.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Rev. Peara to The Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, Unity of the Valley, Nearby Nature, The Village School, Red Cross of Lane County, Community Alliance of Lane County, Friends of Buford Park, or Friends of Hendricks Park.

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In Memory of . . . Suzanne Trappe Black (1942-2014)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Rev. Suzanne Trappe Black died on February 10, 2014 at the age of 71.  Suzanne Black was born on August 28, 1942, in Alexandria, West Virginia, to Winston Edward Black and Virginia Trappe Black (Price). She attended Mt. Holyoke College from 1960 to 1963, and then transferred to the University of Illinois. She graduated the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Art in 1965 and with a Master of Arts in 1967.  She went on to study at Starr King School for the Ministry, and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1990. 


Rev. Black was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry on May 24, 1992 by The Unitarian Universalists Fellowships of Big Sky, Billings, Bozeman, Idaho Falls, and Missoula, in Pray, Montana. She served as Interim Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, PA, from 1992 to 1993, and Interim Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville, AR, from 1993 to 1994. She then served as Extension Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas, NV, from 1994 to 1997. In 1997, she was called to serve as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of South County, of Mission Viejo, CA (now called Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation). She served there until 2000, and then served as interim minister at St. Paul’s Universalist Church, of Little Fall, NY, from 2000 to 2001.

Committed to the denomination, Rev. Black served as co-leader of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop in 1993; co-organizer of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Building a Jubilee World Workshop, in 1996; and between 1997 and 2000, co-planner of three Pacific Southwest District Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Retreats. She then served as the Vice President of the Pacific Southwest District Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Chapter, from 1999 to 2000.

Rev. Black is remembered as one who “helped the underdog,” and her occupations prior to ministry speak to this. Prior to seminary, she was steadily engaged in education and pastoral care. She taught high school French in Chicago after graduating the University of Illinois in 1967; however, the suburban lifestyle was not to her liking. In 1974, she moved to urban Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and worked as the head houseparent at a home for emotionally disturbed teenagers. She later worked as a special education teacher and an education department supervisor, in Boulder, Montana.

Rev. Black was very interested in music and animals. She was musical throughout her life, beginning with piano lessons in her childhood, and ending with karaoke following her retirement. She always had several dogs as pets, and considered the dogs to be family.

Suzanne is remembered by her sister, Judy May, as being “passionate about people, her connections with people, and [with] maintaining those connections.” She “knew how to put a good spin on things, and look at things in a positive way.”

She is survived by her sister, Judith May; brother, Theodore Black (Charlene Trappe-Black); nephews, Andrew May (Nicole May) and Brian May (Abbigail May); and niece, Ginny Black (Felicity Jackson).

Donations may be made in Suzanne's memory to Starr King School for the Ministry, 2441 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley CA 94709, to your area companion pet rescue/shelter, or to a charity of your choice.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Judy May, Box 2100 RR 1, Corner Brook, NL A2H 2N2 Canada.

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In Memory of . . . Albert F. Ciarcia (1924-2013)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Rev. Albert Francis Ciarcia died on Friday, July 26, 2013 at the age of 89. Rev. Ciarcia was born in Brooklyn, New York in May 18, 1924. In 1952, he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the Lawrence Seminary in Canton, N.Y., where he preached at area churches.

Rev. Ciarcia was ordained September 7, 1952 at the First Universalist Church of Norwich, CT, followed by pastorates in New York City, Greater Bridgeport/Stratford, CT, where he was minister for 32 years and named Minister Emeritus. Upon retirement, he held monthly pastorates for the Unitarian Fellowships of Bernardston, MA and New Britain, CT as well as serving as guest minister for other fellowships and churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts until his death.

While serving in New York City, he founded America’s first All-Faith Chapel, which was open daily for meditation or prayer for adherents of any religion in the world. In addition, he initiated a series of "Religion in American Life,” which included Steve Allen, Frank Lloyd Wright, JC Penny, Victor Riesel and others. He also had the distinct honor of being appointed by King Paul and Queen Frederika of Greece to serve as Chaplain to a group of American dignitaries visiting their sister cities in Greece.

Throughout his ministry, Rev. Ciarcia was active in various denominational affairs and social concerns projects. He founded the Social Action Department of the Council of Churches in Bridgeport and also formed Hope Center for addiction recovery. His dedication and efforts to make city sidewalks and parking ADA compliant earned him a special Commendation from the Governor of Connecticut.

Known by his parishioners for his heartfelt ministry with words, he wrote the following:

Whatever the need that brings you to this special place and hour, know most surely that it is best served through eager receptivity of mind and heart.

If it be to take a firmer step toward the lifting horizon of high thought; if it be a desire to give assistance to feelings that should range and are true; if it be to challenge the way of your life; if it be to find your place as part of a caring and serving community; - then let your mind consider well what is here thoughtfully given, then let your heart accept freely what is here lovingly shared.

The Rev. Albert Ciarcia is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Jane Ciarcia, his daughters Holly McCann, Joyce Ciarcia-Levy and his son Christopher.

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In Memory of . . . Arthur D. Wilmot (1937-2013)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 13, 2014

The  Rev. Arthur Dean Wilmot died on August 6, 2013, at the age of 75. Rev. Wilmot was born in Port Angeles, Washington to Dean Arthur and Evelyn Cecil (Getty) Wilmot, on August 17, 1937.  He graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959.  In 1962, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Tufts University.

Ordained by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Chico, CA on February 17, 1963, Rev. Wilmot served that congregation for six years until 1968.  Following his ministry at Chico, he moved to Victoria, B.C. Canada, where he served the First Unitarian Church of Victoria until 1971. He then served as a Community Minister at the Narcotic Addiction Fellowship. Rev. Wilmot returned to parish ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, OR in 1979 where he served until 1996, with the exception of a brief period at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, NY. Upon his retirement from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, he was honored with the title of Minister Emeritus.

Throughout his life, Rev. Wilmot was devoted to a belief in the worth and equality of all people and strove to make this a reality in everyone’s life. Active in the civil rights movement, he was involved with the march in Selma, Alabama, as well as promoting voter registration in Mississippi. Rev. Wilmot was particularly honored to meet the Reverends Martin Luther King Jr. and C.T. Vivian during these efforts.

 

Rev. Wilmot was an advocate for peace and justice throughout his lifetime. He worked for equal rights for women and against the nuclear arms race. He supported each person’s right to seek his/her own truth and actively opposed the hatred underlying anti-Semitism, racism, and sexism. 

Rev. Wilmot is survived by his wife of 38 years, Heather Stevens and his three children, Pamela Condick, Deana McNee and Jon Wilmot. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grand children.

A memorial service for Rev. Wilmot was held on September 15th, 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Heather Wilmot, c/o Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 Northwest Circle Boulevard, Corvallis, OR 97330.

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In Memory of . . . Margo McKenna (1960-2014)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Rev. Margo Rae McKenna died on February 16, 2014 at the age of 53.  Margo was born in Ontario, Canada on November 22, 1960 to Henry Mattson and Frieda Mattson. She graduated from Andrews University with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1983, and from Loma Linda University with a Masters of Social Work in 1988. She studied at Princeton Theological Seminary, and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1988.

Rev. McKenna was ordained to the Seventh-Day Adventist Ministry on July 6, 1996 at the Garden Grove Seventh-Day Adventist Church, of Garden Grove, CA. She served as Associate Minister at Paradise Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church, of San Diego, CA, from 1988 to 1989; Associate Minister at Tierrasanta Seventh-Day Adventist Church, of San Diego, CA, from 1989 to 1993; and Associate Minister at Garden Grove Seventh-Day Adventist Church from 1994 to 1998.

In 1998, Rev. McKenna left the Seventh-Day Adventist ministry and began to explore Unitarian Universalism. She served as the Director of Religious Education at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside, of Riverside, CA, from 1999 to 2000. Fellowshipped as a Unitarian Universalist minister in November 2000, Rev. McKenna was called to the Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation, of Escondido, CA, in 2001. She served as minister there until 2010. From 2010 to 2014, Rev. McKenna spent time creating art, and working as a social worker in hospice settings throughout Southern California and Michigan.

Rev. McKenna was very active in both the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and Unitarian Universalism. She founded the Women Minister’s Association in 1988; served as the President of the North Park Christian Service Agency of San Diego in 1990; President of the North Park Ecumenical Ministerial Association in 1991; Co-organizer of the Orange County Interfaith Council in 1995; and member of the Orange County Chapter of the National Conference Commission on Justice from 1995 to 1998. She maintained membership with the National Association of Socially Responsible Organizations, the National Organization for Women, the Liberal Religious Educators Association, and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.

She enjoyed hiking, mountain climbing, reading, and painting. Throughout the last five years of her life, she developed an avid interest in photography. Rev. McKenna is remembered as “very outgoing” and “loved by everyone.” She is described by her sister as “a beautiful person,” who was “a blessing to so many people.”  

She is survived by her sisters Melodie Mattson-Bell (Chuck) and Marlene Harris (Robert); her brother, Morris Mattson (Sayaka); and her mother, Frieda Mattson. She is also survived by eight nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on March 15th, at 11:00 AM, at the Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2324 Miller Ave, Escondido, California 92029. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave, Little Rock, AR 72202.

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