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In Loving Memory of Alan L. Seaburg (1932 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 6, 2018
The Rev. Dr. Alan Leslie Seaburg died on July 22, 2018 at the age of 86.

Alan was born on February 28, 1932 in Medford, MA to Nils Henry and Eva (Gerrard) Seaburg. He received his two degrees from Tufts University, MA: a Bachelor of Arts in 1954, and a Bachelor of Divinity in 1957. Alan then functioned as an Assistant at the Tufts University Library from 1957 until 1959. In 1959, he earned his Master of Science from Simmons College, MA. Alan was later awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from the Meadville Lombard Theological School, IL in 1999.

Rev. Dr. Seaburg was ordained on Sep 15,1957 by the First Universalist Church in Medford, MA, where he carried out his interim ministry from 1958 to 1959. He then served as a Librarian at the Crane Theological School, Tufts University, MA from 1959 to 1965. Over the next three decades, Rev. Dr. Seaburg executed his community and called ministries with: the Charles Street Meeting House in Boston, MA (1965-1968); the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston, MA (1968-1970); and the Andover-Harvard Theological Library in Cambridge, MA (1970-1995). Upon his retirement in 1995, the Andover-Harvard Theological Library honored Rev. Dr. Seaburg as their Emeritus Curator of Manuscripts.

In addition to his ministry, Rev. Dr. Seaburg offered his services to the denomination. He served as a Secretary and Assistant Librarian for the Universalist Historical Society in 1959. Likewise, in 1960 he was a Book Room Manager for the Universalist Historical Society. He also functioned as a Planning Agency for the Universalist Church of America in 1960.

Outside his denominational work, Alan was a prolific writer. His writings appeared in the New York Times, the Amherst Review, and the Hawaii Review. Some of his works include The City of Love (1990); At the Fair: The Boston Immigrant Experience (1990); 52 Tavistock Square: Poems (1994); and Cambridge on the Charles (2001).

Alan is survived by his daughters, Carolyn Joy Bell and Ann Leslie Seaburg; granddaughters, Lizzie Jean Seaburg, and Sarah Grace Thomas; his nephews, David, Robert and Erik Light. He also leaves many close family and friends. He was pre-deceased by his wife Jean (Newhall) Seaburg, brother Carl G. Seaburg, and his twin sister Nancy E. Light.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Carl G. Seaburg Scholarship Fund at Meadville Lombard Theological School, Development Office, 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Boston Marriott Burlington, One Burlington Mall Road, Salon F, Burlington, MA.

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In Loving Memory of William C. Saunders (1945 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 16, 2018

The Rev. Dr. William Clinton Saunders died on June 26, 2018 at the age of 73.

Will was born on March 18, 1945 in Morristown, NJ to Byron Winthrop and Miriam (Wise) Saunders. He graduated from Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH in 1967 with an A.B. in Religion and earned his B.D. from Union Theological Seminary, NY in 1970. From 1968 to 1971, Will served as a student Minister at Community Church of New York, NYC, NY. He then served as a lecturer in Religious Studies at Hunter College, NY from 1974 to 1975. In 1978, Will earned his Ph.D. in American Religious Thought from Columbia University, NYC, NY.

Rev. Dr. Saunders was ordained on October 22, 1972 by First Unitarian Church in Ithaca, NY. From 1976 to 1985, he served as Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Brunswick, ME and then for a decade until 1995 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Urbana, IL. Subsequently he carried out Interim Ministries at the Harvard Unitarian Church, Harvard, MA (1995-1996) and the Universalist Unitarian Church, Haverhill, MA (1996-1997). Rev. Dr. Saunders served as Co-Minister of South Church (Unitarian Universalist), Portsmouth, NH, 1997-2008. South Church honored him as Minister Emeritus in 2005. Finally, Rev. Dr. Saunders served as Interim Minister at the First Parish in Portland, ME from 2009 until his retirement in 2010.

Will carried out a great deal of service on behalf of the denomination. He served the Northeast District as Trustee and Extension Director from 1979 to 1982. In 1983, he was elected President of the UU Ministers Association Northeast Chapter. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1982 to 1985 and chaired the UUA’s Young Adult Ministry Task Force from 1987 until 1990. He represented the UU Ministers Association on the Annual Program Fund Continental Committee from 1988 to 1990. From 1988 to 1992, he served as a Trustee for the Central Midwest District Board. In 1992, the UU Ministers Association in the Central Midwest District elected him Good Offices Person. For the years 1981, 1983 and 1993, Will served as Guest Lecturer at the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL.

While serving the Urbana congregation, Will was active on the Chancellor’s Task Force on Discrimination at University of Illinois. He was president of Project Harvest Hope, a foundation working to rebuild civil society in the Unitarian village of Transylvania in Romania. He was an instructor for UU theology at Bangor Theological Seminary and chaplain at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

Will was keenly interested in classical music especially chamber music. He enjoyed theatre, art, hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and travelling the world. He loved officiating at weddings and spending time with friends and family. As Will fought with cancer for several years, he kept his family and close friends informed through periodic “health updates” and continued to live as actively as possible.

Will is survived by his wife Julie Draper Saunders; his sons Brynn (Kelly) Saunders and Peter (Marnie) Saunders, Julie’s sons Nicholas and Zachary Draper; his sisters Martha (Bahram) Nabatian, and Carolyn (Bert) Munger; three loving grandchildren Zoe, Zade, and Grace; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts in Will’s name may be made to Planned Parenthood of New England (www.ppnne.org/annualfund).

A memorial service was held on July 2nd for family and close friends with Rev. Dan Hotchkiss officiating.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Julie Draper Saunders, Julie_Draper@me.com

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In Loving Memory of Peter W. Webster (1951 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Rev. Peter W. Webster died on October 17, 2018 at the age of 67.

Peter was born on July 5, 1951 in Ontario, Canada to Curvin Stein and Dorothea W. Webster. He graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. In 1981, Peter received his Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.

Rev. Webster was ordained on November 1, 1981 by the First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist formerly known as the First Congregational Society (Unitarian), Jamaica Plain, MA. He was then called to serve the First Unitarian Congregational Society, Wilton Center, NH from 1983 to 1986. He then served the First Unitarian Parish in Woburn, MA (1987-1988) as an interim minister, and from (1989-1991) he served the UU Fellowship in Wilmington, NC as an extension minister.

In addition to his parish ministries, Rev. Webster carried out a great deal of service on behalf of the denomination. For the year 1983, he was the UUA’s Interim Consultant for its Development Office. He was also a coordinator for the Equal Opportunity Team for Gay and Lesbian Ministers at the UUA. Rev. Webster maintained active membership in the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and the Woburn Clergy Association.

Outside his denominational work, Peter belonged to several community organizations. He was an active member of the Mayor’s Drug and Alcohol Awareness Committee in Woburn, MA; served as a coordinator of Special Events, Pastoral Concerns Subcommittee of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Boston; and participated in the first National March for the Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979. Peter was an active volunteer at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. He was an accredited teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Program and in his spare time, Peter enjoyed free weight training and exercise, swimming, cooking and knitting.

Peter is survived by his mother Dorothea Wood Webster; brother John Webster and his wife Penny; brother Edward Webster and his wife Lisa; brother Mark Webster and his wife Marylin; sister Anne Wolfe and her husband John; sister Susan MacPhee and her husband John; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Kashi. He was predeceased by his biological father Curvin Stein and his adopted father Dr. Edward Webster.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s own choosing, as well as to the Rainbow Ministry at St. Cecelia Roman Catholic Church, 18 Belvidere Street, Boston, MA, 02155 or Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

A funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Saint Cecelia Roman Catholic Church, 18 Belvidere St, Boston, MA 02115.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, November 23, 2018 at Carleton Willard Village, 100 Old Billerica Rd, Bedford, MA 01730.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Dorothea Wood Webster at Carleton Willard Village, 100 Old Billerica Rd, Bedford, MA 01730.

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In Loving Memory of Alexander Meek (1929 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Rev. Alexander “Scotty” Meek died on September 24, 2018 at the age of 89.

Alexander was born on June 10, 1929 in Andover, MA to Alexander Meek, Sr. and Rolina J.D. Meek. He graduated from Tufts University, MA in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, following which he earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Crane Theological School, Tufts University, MA in 1959.

Rev. Meek was ordained on June 14, 1959 by the First Universalist Church in Stafford, CT, where he carried out his ministry from 1957 to 1959. He was then called to the First Universalist Church of Orange in MA where he would serve from 1960 to 1963. In 1964, Alexander accepted call from the UU Church of Greater Lynn, MA and ministered to the Lynn congregation for nine years. He then served the First UU Church of Rochester in MN for a decade and then the Pacific Southwest District, UUA from 1983 to 1987. In 1987, the Pacific Southwest District, UUA elected him their District Minister Emeritus.


Drawn to interim ministry, he then carried out series of vital interim ministries at the following congregations: UU Church of Tucson, AZ (1988-1989); First UU Church of Wausau, WI (1989-1990); First Jefferson UU Church, TX (1990-1991); All Souls UU Church, MO (1991-1992) and the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, NY (1992-1994). In 1994, Alexander retired from active ministry but continued his service to the faith by further carrying out interim ministries at various congregations. After retirement he served for a year at the Bay Area UU Church; and then from 1997 to 1999, he simultaneously served two congregations: Valley UU Congregation, AZ and the UU Congregation of Green Valley, AZ. In 2000, the UU Congregation of Green Valley, AZ honored Rev. Meek for his devoted and inspirational leadership by electing him their Minister Emeritus. In 2001, he again returned to the Bay Area UU Church, TX as an interim minister and served for a year. Finally, from 2002 Rev. Meek ministered at the UU Church of Little Rock, AR until 2004, at which time the congregation honored him as their Minister Emeritus.

Rev. Meek carried out a great deal of service on behalf of the denomination. He served as a Chair for various committees including: the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, the Pamphlet Commission, the LRY Advisory Committee, and the UUA’s Nominating Committee. He was a Board Member and President for the Ferry Beach Park Association, ME. He also chaired the Interim Minister’s Advisory Committee, UUA Dept. of Ministry; functioned as Chair and Treasurer for LREDA; and President and Secretary for the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association. Rev. Meek further served as President of the Ministers and DRE Group, Prairie Star District, and as Minister-in-Residence for District Leadership School at the Pacific Southwest District.
In addition to his ministry, Scotty was engaged in service to his community. He served as Chemical Dependency Board President and chaired the RAPELINE (Sexual Violence Program) in Rochester, MN. He was the chair for School District 535 Affirmative Action Committee and member of ACLU, YMCA, and NAACP. He also authored the book “Building Family Religion at Home” (1979). Scotty was proud to have attended over fifty consecutive UUA General Assemblies. In his spare time, he enjoyed golf, cooking, doing household repairs and gardening.

Scotty is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy M Meek; his two children Stevan and Sheralyn; as well as his four loving grandchildren, Jordan, Mason, Sasha and Zoe.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s own choosing, as well as to Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Ave, Saco, Maine, 04072 or the Valley Unitarian Universalist, Chandler, AZ, 85226 or the Unitarian Universalist Association, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

Short memorial services will take place at 9.15 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 6400 W Del Rio St, Chandler, AZ 85226.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Ave, Saco, Maine, 04072 on the Labor Day weekend of 2019 (date and time to be decided).

Notes of Condolences may be sent to Dorothy M. Meek at 26231 S Lakeside Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ, 85248.

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In Loving Memory of Richard J. Norsworthy (1932 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Rev. Richard Jasper Norsworthy died on September 10, 2018 at the age of 86.

Richard was born on July 31, 1932 in Caribou, ME to Jasper Ellsworth Norsworthy and Marion Rose (Bowden) Norsworthy. He graduated from Tufts University, MA in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Richard also earned two degrees from the Bangor Theological Seminary, ME: a Bachelor of Divinity in 1962, and a Master of Divinity in 1971.

Rev. Norsworthy was ordained on June 10, 1962 by the Third Universalist Church in North Weymouth, MA, where he carried out his ministry until 1966. In that year, he was called to serve the Unitarian Universalist of Clearwater, FL where he ministered for another six years. Rev. Norsworthy then served the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, Canada from 1972 to 1976, and from 1977 to 1984, he served the First Universalist Church, Woonsocket, RI. Rev. Norsworthy retired from active ministry in 1985; in 2013, the Unitarian Universalist of Clearwater, FL honored Rev. Norsworthy as their Emeritus Minister.

Rev. Norsworthy carried out a great deal of service on behalf of the denomination. He served the Universalist Ministers Association, MA as a Secretary and Treasurer. He was advisor for the Bay Shore Federation of LRY, and Ministerial advisor for the Central West Coast Florida Sub-District, UUA. He served the Ballou-Channing District, the Florida District, and as a member of the UUA’s Board of Trustees. Likewise, Rev. Norsworthy functioned as an active member for the following committees: Youth Activities Committee, Ballou-Channing District, UUA; New England Interdistrict Youth Activities Committee; and the New England Inter district Religious Education Committee. He was also President for the Universalist Church School Union, and the Southern Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.

Prior to entering into the ministry, Richard served in the United States Air Force (1950-1954); USAF Reserve (1954-1958); and the US Army Reserve (1958-1960). His community service included being a charter member of The Ministers Association of Dexter, Maine; organizer and Board Member of the Clearwater Neighbors, Inc. NAACP; institutional representative for the Boy Scouts of America; and member of Board of Directors, Human Relations Council, Pinellas County, FL. Richard was also a Civil Rights activist. He was in Selma, AL the morning after Bloody Sunday along with the other clergy. That incident had a great effect on him. He wrote an account of that time, which is now in the Harvard Library. In his spare time Richard enjoyed in fishing, boating, flying, hunting, camping, golfing, winter sports, carpentry and wood working.

Richard is survived by his wife Janice Norsworthy; and his sons, Dane and Scott. He was predeceased by his first wife, Glenna, in 2007 and his eldest son, Richard, in 2011.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Society for Ministerial Relief, c/o The Rev. Dr. Susan Suchocki Brown, 42 Country Lane, Leominster, MA 01453.

A Memorial Service will not be held.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Janice Kazlauskas at jkzlsks@gmail.com or at 12 Strout Ln, Dexter, ME 04930.

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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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