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In Loving Memory of Max D. Gaebler

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 5, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Max D. Gaebler died on September 7, 2018 at the age of 97.

Max was born on May 26, 1921 in Watertown, WI to Hans and Halen Gaebler. He graduated from Harvard College, MA in 1941 with an A.B., following which he earned his Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology from Harvard Divinity School, MA in 1944. He was later awarded two honorary degrees, the honorary degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology from Starr King School for the Ministry, CA in 1968, and the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the Meadville Lombard Theological School, IL in 1975.

Rev. Dr. Gaebler was ordained on March 5, 1944 by the First Parish in Cambridge, MA. Following his ordination, he worked for a year at the American Unitarian Association, as Minister to Students in the Greater Boston Area. From 1945 to 1948, he served the First Parish Church United in Westford, MA and then ministered to the Unitarian Church of Davenport, IA for four years until 1952. Then, over the next three and half decades, Rev. Dr. Gaebler carried out his ministry at the First Unitarian Society of Madison, WI. The First Unitarian Society of Madison honored him as their Emeritus Minister on his retirement in 1987. After his retirement, Rev. Dr. Gaebler carried out series of interim ministries at the following congregations: the Unitarian Meeting House, Norwood, South Australia (1987-1988); the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, OH (1991); and the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, Canada (1993-1994).

Rev. Dr. Gaebler carried out a great deal of service on behalf of the denomination. He served as a President for the Unitarian Ministers’ Association and as a member for the UUA Committee to Study Theological Education. In April 1962, he was elected as the first President of the Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference. He also functioned as the continental co-chairman of the Unitarian Universalists for Black and White Action, and as a Trustee for the Meadville Theological School from 1966 to 1973. During the period of Unitarian Universalist merger, Rev. Dr. Gaebler served as Secretary for the Joint Interim Committee No. 5 and later as a member of the Advisory Committee on Ministerial Welfare to the UUA’s Department of Ministry.

Max was also a strong advocate of mental health. He served as the first President of Scott County Iowa Mental Hygiene Society and as a Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Scott County Mental Health Center. He was Director for the Wisconsin Welfare Council and Chairman for the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Dane County Juvenile Court. Max had a keen interest in the outdoors and was an enthusiastic Chicago White Sox fan.

Max is survived by his five children, David, Mary, John, Ralph, Helen, and their families; his sister in law; three nephews and their families; and his domestic partner Nancy Townsend and her family. He was predeceased by his wife Carolyn Gaebler, and his younger brother.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s own choosing as well as to the University of Wisconsin Foundation, 1848, University Ave., Madison, WI 53276 or The Friends of the Meeting House, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI 53705.

A Memorial Service will be held on Dec. 1, 2018 at the First Unitarian Society Meeting House, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, 53705 (time to be decided).

Notes of condolences may be sent to The Family of Max Gaebler, 6225 Mineral Point Road, Apt. C-71, Madison, WI 53705.

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In Loving Memory of Richard Henry (1921 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 5, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Richard “Dick” Henry died on August 6, 2018 at the age of 97.

Richard was born on February 5, 1921 in Boston, MA to Richard Henry and Dorothy Miller. He graduated from Harvard University, MA in 1943 with an A.B in Philosophy, following which he earned his Bachelor of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary, NY in 1946. In 1979, Richard earned his Doctor of Divinity from the Meadville Lombard Theological School, IL.

Rev. Dr. Henry was ordained on February 17, 1946 by the First Unitarian Society of Brooklyn, NY where he carried out his first ministry until 1949. From 1949 to 1957, he served the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church in Knoxville, TN. Then, over the next three decades, Rev. Dr. Henry carried out series of vital ministries at the following congregations: the First Unitarian Society of Denver, CO (1957-1977); and the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, UT (1977-1986). On his retirement on August 1, 1986 the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City honored him as their Emeritus Minister.

Rev. Dr. Henry carried out a great deal of service on behalf of the denomination. He served the Unitarian Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, as a member of Boards of Directors from 1958 to 1970; the UUA Board of Trustees from 1961 to 1963; and the UU Ministers Association Executive Committee from 1970 to 1973. Rev. Dr. Henry also performed his services as a member of the UUA Nominating Committee and UUA Committee on Aging.

Dick was a vigorous social activist. He served on the Board of Directors for the following organizations in Colorado: the Marriage Council of Denver; Planned Parenthood Federation, Colorado Chapter; the Religious Council on Human Relations; the Colorado UNA-UNESCO Association; and the Clergy Council on Abortion. Likewise, he functioned as the President and Founder for The Good Death Society. Dick was also a strong mental health activist. He was a chair for the Mental Health Division of the Brooklyn Protestant Council in NY and Vice President for the Knox Area Mental Health Association. He had been a delegate to the two international mental health congresses: The First International Congress held in London in 1948, and the fifth Congress held in Toronto in 1954. In his retirement years, Dick authored two books: Norbert Fabian: Capek A Spiritual Journey and Eleanor Roosevelt and Adlai Stevenson. In addition, Dick immensely enjoyed sailing and mountain climbing.

Dick is survived by his loving wife Pat, and his sons Seth and Evan Henry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Planned Parenthood or the Union of Concerned Scientists.

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, 2:00 pm at the Horizon House, 900 University Street, Seattle, WA, 98101.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Dr. Patricia Henry, Horizon House, 900 University Street Apt 1206, Seattle, WA, 98101.

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In Loving Memory of Arnold Thaw (1931 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 29, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Arnold Thaw died on July 15th, 2018 at the age of 87.

Arnold was born on April 21, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY to Max and Hilda Thaw. He graduated from New York University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, following which he earned his M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry, CA in 1956. He then served residency as a chaplain intern at the Napa State Mental Hospital, CA and did fieldwork at the Unitarian churches in Oakland and San Francisco. In 1974, Arnold earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA.

Rev. Dr. Thaw was ordained on February 10, 1957 by the Unitarian Church of Natick, MA where he carried out his ministry until 1962. From 1962 to 1968, he served the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, Canada. Then, over the next two decades, Rev. Dr. Thaw carried out series of vital ministries at the Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Flagstaff, AZ (1977-1978) and the Gestalt Institute Training Faculty, Phoenix, AZ (1978-1998). In 1998, the Gestalt Institute Training Faculty honored him as an Emeritus Member.

Rev. Dr. Thaw carried out a great deal of service on behalf of the denomination. He served as a President for Alumni Association at Starr King School for the Ministry, and as an Editor for the Starr King Alumni Association Bulletin. He functioned as an Advisory Board member for the Natick Fair Housing Practices Committee, as a President for the Framingham Area United World Federalists, and as a Vice-president for the Greater Natick Ministers Association. Likewise, Rev. Dr. Thaw served the Unitarian Fellowship of Social Justice as a Southern New England Regional Director. Furthermore, for the Religious Arts Guild of the American Unitarian Association, he was a member of the Board of Directors, and for the Unitarian-Congregationalist retreat, he was Public Relations Director.

In 1957, Arnold was a member of the Discussion Planning Commission for Joint Biennial Conference in Atlantic City. He was also active in promoting social justice. He was Ministerial Advisor to Social Relations Committee of the Greater Natick Council of Churches. He had a keen interest in photography and enjoyed reading eastern and western mysticism, prose and poetry. Arnold was proud to have participated in the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many of his UU colleagues.

Arnold is survived by his personal assistant Paula Allen and his loving friends in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix.

A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday 15th September at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, 4027 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.

Flowers and notes of condolence may be sent to Rev. Margret A. O’Neall, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, 4027 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.

Donations in Arnold’s memory may be made to The Arnold Thaw Memorial Water Project at

https://my.charitywater.org/paula-allen/the-arnold-thaw-memorial-water-project

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In Loving Memory of Raymond Michel (1920 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Reverend Raymond Andrew Michel, “Ray”, of Beavercreek, OH passed away peacefully at his home on October 18, 2018, the morning of his 98th birthday.

He was a graduate of Carrick High School, class of 1938, in Pittsburgh, PA, received an BA from Earlham College, class of 1948, in Richmond, IN, a BD from Bangor Theological Seminary, class of 1951, in Bangor ME. He was ordained as a minister in 1949 and pastored churches in Campbellstown and Covington, OH in the 1950s. He was a social worker in Elyria, OH during the late 50s and early 60s but returned to the ministry in 1965 at both Eldorado Universalist Church in Eldorado, OH and First Universalist Church in New Madison, OH. He retired from there in 1992 and moved to Riverside, OH. He then began attending Hawker United Church of Christ in Beavercreek, OH where he led a Men’s Discussion Group and did supply pastoring and weddings there and in western Ohio for many years after retiring. He loved and was loved by all of these church families.

Throughout his life he loved discussing and debating religion, working with church youth, umpiring girl’s softball, and refereeing basketball. He was also a champion during the civil rights movement and took a firm stand against discrimination. Ray always had a positive outlook and tried to brighten the day of everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was born on October 18, 1920 in Pittsburgh, PA and was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond George Michel and Margaret Broeker Michel, his sister Velma Michel Masiker, his beloved Aunt Ida Broeker who lived with his family while he was growing up, his first wife Ruth Hahnel Michel, and his second wife Mary Beth Johnson Hedrick Michel.

His survivors include his sons Gerard Michel M.D. and Terence Michel of Pittsburgh, PA, his daughter Judith Turner of Amherst, OH, his stepson Joe Hedrick of Haverhill, MA, and stepdaughter Nan Bilotta of Troy, OH. His children’s spouses or partners, six grandchildren and several great grandchildren, a niece and two nephews and their spouses and children also survive him. He lived the last fifteen years of his life with Grace Wilcox, his devoted partner and caregiver. Grace’s family also became an extended family for Ray that dearly loved him and was loved by him.

Ray donated his body to the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Hawker United Church of Christ, 1617 North Longview St, Beavercreek, OH on November 10 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to Hawker UCC Memorial fund or to Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association, 24 Farnsworth St., c/o Judy Welles, President, Boston, MA 02210.

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In Loving Memory of Matthew Tittle (1961 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Matthew (Matt) Deane Tittle died on June 26, 2018, at the age of 56.

Matt was born on July 30, 1961, in Portsmouth, VA, to Harold Edwin (Ed) Tittle and Phyllis Deane Harper (Tittle) Alcorn. He received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1982, after which he served as a Naval Officer on active duty for eleven years and as a Reserve Officer for an additional nine years. In 1987, he graduated with a master’s degree in National Security Affairs-Soviet Studies, from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. In 1996, Matt acquired an M.A. in Russian with an emphasis in teaching, following which he earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 2001, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Matt also worked at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and Assistant Director of the Campus Honors Program. In 2004, he graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School, where he received his Master of Divinity.

Rev. Dr. Tittle was ordained on May 23, 2004 by the UU Church of Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL. In November 2004, Rev. Dr. Matt was called as the full-time minister at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, TX and served there until 2010. After that, he served as the minister at the Central Unitarian Church of Paramus, NJ, from 2010 to 2012 and at the Auckland Unitarian Church, New Zealand in 2013.

Committed to formation and Unitarian Universalism, Rev. Dr. Tittle was an active member on the Southeast Regional Sub-Committee on Candidacy from 2008 to 2018. He was also a co-leader for the Houston Roundtable of the UUA President’s Council.

Matt was active in promoting social justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. He was also a great writer. He was the co-editor of the book, “Bless All Who Serve” (2010) which provides hope, courage, and faith for military personnel and their families. In his leisure time, Matt was a marathon runner. He ran more than a dozen marathons and triathlons, including the Ironman Arizona triathlon and the Comrades ultra-marathon in South Africa.

Matt is survived by his wife Gail (Camp) Tittle; his children Alex and Sophie Tittle; his mother Phyllis Alcorn; and his aunts Jayne (Jim) Hill and Loretta (Gay) Jividen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association or the Unitarian Universalist Association.

A Celebration of Life was held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, 309 W Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801.

A Memorial Service was held on September 1, 2018, at the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church Houston, 17503 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77058.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Gail Tittle, 1702 Gentry Square Lane Apt 107, Champaign, IL 61821; gatittle@gmail.com.

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In Loving Memory of John Hanly Morgan (1918 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Rev. Dr. John Hanly Morgan died on June 23, 2018 at the age of 99.

John was born on November 28, 1918 in New Albany, IN to John Sidney and Vada Elizabeth (Dorn) Morgan. He graduated from Ball State Teachers College, Muncie, IN in 1943 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, following which he earned his B.D from Harvard Divinity School, MA in 1946. He then worked as an instructor of Philosophy at Flint Michigan Community College from 1952 to 1956. In 1955, he received Master’s in Philosophy from University of Michigan. He also was Philosophy instructor for Indiana University South Bend Extension Center, from 1956 to 1959. In 1979, he graduated with Ph.D. in English Literature from University of South Florida.

Rev. Dr. Morgan was ordained on June 13, 1946 by Waverly Unitarian Church in Waverly, MA, where he served as a student pastor until 1947. From 1948 to 1951, he served Unitarian Church of Charlotte, NC as the full-time minister, and then, All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, IN as an Assistant to Senior Minister and Director of Religious Education, until 1952. Over the next two decades, Rev. Dr. Morgan carried out series of vital ministries at the following sites: the Unitarian Church of Flint, MI (1952-1956), and the Unitarian Church of South Bend, IN (1956-1959). Beginning January 1960, Rev. Dr. Morgan served as Minister at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, ON, until his retirement in 1973. He was honored as Minister Emeritus on his retirement.

Rev. Dr. Morgan carried out a great deal of service on behalf of the denomination. He served as Secretary for South Middlesex Unitarian Conference, MA in 1945, and as Director for the USC Work Camp at Highlander, TN in 1949. He was President for the Thomas Jefferson Conference (1950-1951), and for the Michigan Area Liberal Churches from 1954 to 1955. He then served as Secretary for the Unitarian Ministers Association during 1956 to 1960. He became national Vice-President of the Unitarian Fellowship of Social Justice from 1958 to 1959. He also served as summer camp instructor for the North Carolina Universalist, MI Universalist, Lake Geneva Assembly of Western Unitarian Conference, and instructor for Lake Couchiching Conference of Ontario Unitarians.

John was actively involved in national and international peace movements. He was President of Canadian Peace Congress from 1972 to 1976 and travelled across Canada and overseas to attend meetings on the Nuclear Question. He joined other Unitarian Ministers with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the historic march to Selma. He also became Vice-President of World Peace Council from 1983 to 1987 and made presentations at the United Nations. He was awarded International Lenin Peace Prize in 1983, and the Joliet-Curie Gold Medal of Peace by the World Peace Council in 1984. He had keen interest in studying literature, enjoyed vocal art and long walks. He published the book “Surfing the Tidal Wave” (1994) which reflects the history of his time at the Toronto church. The last of his ten published books was “Pursuing the Dove: Reminiscences of the Peace Struggle.” The book was published in 2001 and reflects a memoir of his time in the peace movement.

In her own tribute to his life, John’s wife, Jeannette, wrote: “We would have celebrated our 76th wedding anniversary on September 6, 2018”.

John is survived by his wife Jeannette; his children Lois Jean (Michael Hathaway) and David Hollis (Kathryn); his grandchildren Blue, Vada, Danial, Sara, Paul, Morgan, Kathryn, David, and Grant; and his six great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his siblings Paul Hollis and Hazel, and by his children Lee Bryant (Beverly) and Ann Louise (John Friday).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jeannette and John Hanly Morgan Graduate Scholarship at Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON K9H 7B8, Canada; to the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough (address below); or to a charity of one’s own choosing.

A celebration of John’s life was held on Friday, June 29, 2018 at the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough, 775 Weller Street, Peterborough, ON K9J 4X4, Canada.

Notes of condolence may be shared online at https://communityalternative.ca/tribute/details/5674/JohnMorgan/obituary.html#tribute-start

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In Loving Memory of Rudolph C. Gelsey (1926 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 5, 2018
The Rev. Rudolph “Rudi” Czuczka Gelsey died on May 30, 2018 at the age of 92.

Rudi was born on February 24, 1926 in Vienna, Austria, to Alfred and Elizabeth Czuczka. He graduated from University of Geneva, Switzerland with Master’s in Political Science in 1946. In 1947, he worked on his thesis: Theories of European Federation between the two WW, representing the Graduate Institute of International Affairs, Geneva. He was a co-founder in Paris of Interuniversity Federalist Union, which consisted of college professors and students for the European Union. In 1949, Rudi emigrated from Europe to Canada, and ultimately settled in the United States in 1959. Prior to immigration, he fled from Nazi’s Austria to Croatia, and he was extruded from Switzerland and France. In 1962, he earned his Bachelor of Divinity from University of Chicago Divinity School, in Meadville.

Rev. Gelsey was ordained on January 1, 1962 at the First Unitarian Church in South Bend, ID, where he served in his first ministry until 1964. From 1964 to 1969, Rev. Gelsey served as a General Secretary at Universalist Church of the Restoration in Philadelphia, PA and then ministered for four years at UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco, NY. Over the next two and half decades, Rev. Gelsey carried out a series of vital interim and called ministries, at the following sites: The First UU Church of Detroit (1973-1983); UU Church of Buffalo (1983-1984); First UU Church of Niagara (1984-1990); and the UU Fellowship New River Valley, Blacksburg, VA (1996-1999). Finally, Rev. Gelsey served the UU Congregation, Blacksburg, as a Board Member for six months before retiring from Unitarian Universalist Ministry in June 1999.

Rev. Gelsey carried out a great deal of service on behalf of the denomination. He authored a new version of the Hebrew Bible, Imagine…A New Bible (1982), which fosters peacemaking, nonviolence, gender-partnership, and responsible stewardship of the earth. He also served for some fifteen years, as a Rotarian Board Member, program chair, editor of the newsletter, and co-leader of the Rotarian group to France. In 1984, for his contribution to the expanse of spirituality and meditation, Gelsey was initiated into Sufi Order of West, with a Sufi name Jelal’uddin meaning “the power of faith.” He presented “A Faith for the Global Village: A Dialogue among Religions in Search of Mutual Appreciation” at the Parliament of World’s Religion in Chicago, Illinois. He also attended and networked the Parliament of World’s Religion held in Barcelona, in Spain in 2004.

His fifty years as a Unitarian Universalist minister has encompassed civil rights, peace crusade, environmental nurturance and interfaith programs and panels. He was keenly interested in theater, concerts, chamber music, movies, ballet. He also had immense love for nature, and enjoyed hiking, and cross-country skiing. His desire for intellectual, philosophical, and theological clarity was colossal. He believed in pluralism and openness to variety of religious expressions, which made him transform from a born Jewish to Catholic and ultimately UU minister.

Rudi is survived by his children Florence Pinfield, Andy Gelsey, and Alex Gelsey; his five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Trudi.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s own choosing; to the Kavod Senior Life, Attn. Gifts Department, 22 South Adams Street, Denver, CO 80209; or to Garden Terrace, 1600 S. Potomac St, Aurora, CO 80012.

A private memorial service was held on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Andy and Felicia Gelsey at 20780 E. Euclid Drive, Centennial, CO 80016.

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In Loving Memory of Victor H. Carpenter, Jr. (1929-2018)

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 2, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Victor Howard Carpenter Jr. died on June 1, 2018 at the age of 88.

Victor was born in Newton, MA on October 23, 1929 to Victor Sr. and Pauline Carpenter. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954, including two years in Korea. Victor graduated from Boston University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and in 1959 Victor earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Harvard Divinity School. Victor was later awarded a Doctor of Sacred Theology from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1987.

Rev. Dr. Carpenter was ordained on September 28, 1958 by Christ Church, Unitarian in Dorchester, MA. where he had been serving for one year. He served First Parish Church of Norwell from 1959 to 1962. In 1962 he was called to the Free Protestant Church of South Africa (now the Cape Town Unitarian Church), where he served until 1967. From 1968 to 1976 Rev. Carpenter ministered to the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, PA, after which he served the Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA until 1987. He served the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, CA from 1987 to 1993, after which he carried out a short Interim ministry at Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. In 1994 Rev. Carpenter was called to the First Church in Belmont, MA where he served until retirement in 2002, at which time the Belmont church honored him as their Minister Emeritus. In retirement, Rev. Carpenter performed a series of Interim ministries in Massachusetts: First Parish Church in Dorchester (2003 – 2004), Second Parish in Hingham (2004 – 2006), and First Religious Society in Carlisle (2007 – 2008).

Throughout his ministry, Victor was a tireless servant of causes in which he believed, always awake to the suffering of others. While in South Africa, he and Cathe worked on behalf of systematic oppression of coloured and black people under Apartheid. On several occasions, Victor served as secret courier, bringing messages and money from international sources to various locations, providing needed legal and social aid for apartheid victims and their families.

In sermons and actions throughout his ministry, Victor fought against racial, gendered, and economic discrimination. He marched with Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition. He protested the Vietnam and Gulf Wars, US involvement in Central America, the death penalty, police violence, unjust immigration restrictions, and exploitation of hotel and hospital workers. He promoted prison reform, reproductive freedom, same sex marriage, disability rights and full educational access. He lost track of the number of his civil disobedience arrests.

Victor and Cathe were unflinching advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities. In the 1960s in Cape Town, they worked with parents and professionals to create the first Society of Autistic Children and the Vera School for Autistic Children. In 1985 the school named one of its residences after their daughter, Gracia. In the 1970s, despite the educational rejection of all use of sign language, they arranged for sign classes in Philadelphia. They initiated the first inclusion of a child with disabilities into a preschool university training program, which resulted in a significant increase in disability-inclusive admission. Throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, they helped expand church service access to all people by including ASL interpreters, creating safe sensory sanctuary areas, and promoting equal access to buildings. Their activism about the welfare of persons with disabilities culminated in Victor’s Berry Street Essay at the 1991 UUA General Assembly.

While at Arlington Street Church, Victor chaired the UUA’s newly formed Independent Study Committee which established a university graduate program to grant ministerial accreditation Religious Educators. During his time in Philadelphia and Boston, Victor organized anti-war protests, disarmament actions and draft-resistance efforts. In 1968, he officiated his first same-sex marriage ceremony in Pennsylvania, almost 50 years before it would be legally recognized. In the early ‘70s, he worked with a clergy counseling program that could connect women with doctors who would perform safe abortion procedures. In the 1980s, he organized and led many anti-Apartheid divestment and boycott efforts. And in the 1990s he joined the San Francisco mayor’s task force on homelessness, which developed a multi-church alliance for homeless men to receive overnight service, bedding and food during winter months. Victor's San Francisco interfaith activities led him to work that established the S.F. Interfaith Alliance. Their collaborative work resulted in a large anti-war in Middle East protest and actions to promote interfaith alliances for peace.

In addition to the honorary doctorate awarded by Berkley’s Starr King School for the Ministry, Rev. Carpenter was also named a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in 1974, and in 1995 he was given the HDS Alumni/Alumnae Association’s Rabbi Martin Katzenstein Award. He received the 2014 San Francisco Interfaith Council award for his “pioneering work” in establishing their 1988 creation. And in 2011 the UUA honored Victor with the Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism.

In his eulogy for Victor, the Rev. Dr. Carl Scovel concluded with these lovely words in tribute to his friend:

He lived “Yes” to his family, friends, colleagues, to the disdained, dispossessed and disabled, to the twelve congregations which he served, and Yes to the Great Source of his vocation, his convictions, indeed, his life. And that is why with such poignancy and gratitude we remember him today.

 

Victor is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Cathe, his children Tyler (MaryAlice Misuta) and Melissa, his grandchildren Simone and Milo, and his brother John (Ellen). Victor was pre-deceased by his daughter Gracia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UU Service Committee and to UU Urban Ministry.

A memorial service took place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the First Church in Belmont, 404 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Cathe Carpenter at 49 Prince St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

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In Loving Memory of Eileen Bonnie Devlin (1952 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Eileen Bonnie Devlin died on March 1, 2018 at the age of 65.

Bonnie was born on September 27, 1952 in Plainfield, NJ to Edward and Helen. She earned three degrees from Rutgers University in NJ. First, at Rutgers’s Douglass College, Bonnie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1974. Then at the Graduate School of Education, she earned two Master of Education degrees: in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (1978) and in Creative Arts Education (1984). In 1986, Bonnie earned her Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Humanities (Sacred Arts) from New York University. Over the years she served as an academic, as a counselor and expressive therapist, and as a professional artist—especially in percussion and theatre. And after following her call to ministry, Bonnie earned her Master of Divinity from MA’s Harvard Divinity School in 1990.

Rev. Dr. Devlin was ordained on April 14, 1991 by the First and Second Church of Boston, MA. She was a consulting minister at the First Church of Roxbury, MA from 1989 until 1991. In that year she was called to serve two MA congregations simultaneously: the First Congregational Parish Unitarian, Petersham (1991 – 1995); and the UU Society of Amherst (1991 – 1997). Bonnie then carried out a series of vital interim ministries at the following congregations: MA’s Brookfield UU Church (1996 – 1997), NH’s Kearsarge UU Fellowship (1997 – 1998), NH’s UU Congregation of Franklin (1997 – 1999), RI’s First Universalist Church of Woonsocket (1999 – 2000), MA’s Unity Church of North Easton (2000 – 2001), and MA’s Unitarian Church of Barnstable (2001 – 2002). Rev. Dr. Devlin was then called to the First Parish in Kingston, MA, where she served until 2006. In that year she became the first minister at Manatee UU Fellowship in Bradenton, FL where she ministered from 2006 until 2013. Rev. Dr. Devlin helped bring many new members to MUUF, performed outreach to the local homeless population, and established small group ministry at the congregation. During those years, Bonnie also ministered to the UU Congregation of Lakeland, FL from 2008 to 2010.

Outside of her parish ministry, Rev. Dr. Devlin was a devoted participant in UUA district and regional activities—especially with New England’s Ballou Channing District. She was a presenter and workshop leader on such topics as multicultural awareness through music, arts, and expression; integrating spirituality and the arts within congregational life; and “Creating Percussion Choirs in Congregations.”

Bonnie’s music was featured on several albums, including as principal percussionist with The Songweavers and the Barmidele Dancers & Drummers, and on her solo albums “Action of Grace” (1999) and “The Drum and the Chalice” (2016).

Bonnie carried a lifelong love for world music, dance, poetry, theatre, and visual arts. She also enjoyed rowing and canoeing, appreciating nature and the sea, journal writing, and reading. Best of all she loved relaxing and laughing with her family, friends, and pets.

Bonnie is survived by her sister Kathy, for whom she was the primary caretaker.

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In Loving Memory of Charles L. Wilson (1931-2018)

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 7, 2018

The Rev. Charles Lewis Wilson died on March 31, 2018 at the age of 86.

Charles was born on July 30, 1931 in Buffalo, NY to Charles H. and Viola (Sypher) Wilson. He graduated from NY’s University of Rochester in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, following which he earned his Master of Business Administration from NY’s Syracuse University in 1954. He then served in the US Army during the Korean War, following which he worked in insurance and marketing before heeding his call toward ministry. In 1964, Charles earned his Bachelor of Divinity from MA’s Harvard Divinity School.

Rev. Wilson was ordained on November 8, 1964 by East Shore Unitarian Church in Kirtland, OH, where he carried out his first ministry until 1966. In that year he was called to serve to Northshore UU Church in Danvers, MA, the town that became his beloved home. From 1971 to 1975 Rev. Wilson served the First Church in Somerville, MA, and then he ministered for two years at Channing Church UU in Rockland, MA. Then over the next two decades, Rev. Wilson carried out a series of vital interim ministries at the following sites: MA’s Hopedale Unitarian Parish (1977 – 1978); First UU Church of Milford, MA (1978 – 1980); First Parish in Lexington, MA (1980); First Parish in Milton, MA (1980 – 1981); NH’s Keene UU Church (1981 – 1982); UU Church of Marblehead, MA (1982 – 1983); the UUA’s Department of Ministry as Associate Director, Boston, MA (1983 – 1984); Church of the Larger Fellowship, Boston, MA (1984 – 1986); First Parish in Concord, MA (1986 – 1988); First Parish in Cambridge, MA (1988 – 1989); and again at First Parish in Lexington, MA (1989 – 1990). Finally, Rev. Wilson returned to the UU Church of Marblehead, MA, this time as their settled minister; Charles served the Marblehead church until his retirement in 1998, at which time the congregation elected him their Minister Emeritus.

Rev. Wilson carried out a great deal of service on behalf of the denomination. He served on the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, and he was Executive Secretary of the Accredited Interim Ministers (1977 – 1989). Charles also chaired the Theology section of UU Collegium, and from 1981 to 1987 he was Co-Leader of the Ministerial Start-Up Seminar. And Rev. Wilson performed much service for the Massachusetts Bay District of the UU Ministers’ Association: as a member of the Board of Directors, as Chair of the Nominating Committee, and as Chair of the District Executive’s Ministerial Relations Committee.

Charles was also active in the Civil Liberties Union of MA; the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture; the American Academy of Religion; the Danvers, MA Historical Society, and the Lexington Clergy Association. He was also keenly interested in ecology and horticulture, being a vegetable gardener and a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the MA Horticultural Society.

In their own tribute to his life, Charles’s family wrote: “He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, who will be deeply missed by his family and the many families and friends he was so honored to have served.”

Charles is survived by his wife of almost 64 years Hildegard Wilson née Hemmerich; his children Paul Wilson, Elizabeth Dobbins (Ephraim), and Charles Wilson Jr. (Elizabeth); and his grandchild John Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UNICEF and to Doctors Without Borders.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Northshore UU Church, 323 Locust St, Danvers, MA 01923.

Notes of condolence may be sent to the Wilson Family at 301 Brooksby Village Dr. Unit 514, Peabody, MA 01960.

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