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In Memory of . . . Dorothy S. Boroush (1925-2014)

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 8, 2014

The Reverend Dorothy S. Boroush died on June 14, 2014 at the age of 88. She died in Englewood, Colorado, in the home of her daughter, Gretchen, surrounded by flowers, family and friends.


Dorothy was born on October 3, 1925, in Tiffin, OH, to George Alfred Stinchcomb and Ruth Elise Brand Stinchcomb. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from the State University of Ohio in 1977, and went on to attain a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1980.

 

After graduation, Dorothy was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry by the First Unitarian Church of Shaker Heights, OH, in 1980. Shortly thereafter, she was called to serve as minister to the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (now Emerson Church Unitarian Universalist) of Troy, MI, from 1980 to 1984. She then served as interim minister to the First Parish Church of Groton, MA, from 1984 to 1985; the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, of Hudson, MA, from 1985 to 1986; and the Unitarian Society of New Haven, CT, from 1986 to 1987. In 1987, she accepted the position of District Executive to the Ballou Channing District, serving 49 parishes in southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island until 1994. She formally retired from ministry in 1995, but eventually regretted the “premature decision” and went on to serve as interim minister of the Foxborough Universalist Church in 1999. Dorothy also served as “minister-on-call” for a number of New England congregations, stepping in for other ministers who were ill or called away. She loved preaching at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Provincetown, MA, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard, Bell Street Chapel in Providence, RI and many others. She led Sunday worship services at the First Parish Church of Taunton, MA, from July 2009 to April 2012, while the congregation was without a settled minister.


Throughout her ministry, Reverend Boroush dedicated time and service to numerous denominational organizations. She served on the Ohio-Meadville District’s Commissioned Lay Leaders Committee and the Holmes-Weatherly Award Panel. She served as Chair of the Michigan Extension Committee for two years, President of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association’s Michigan Chapter for two years, and Co-Chair of the Central Massachusetts’ Youth Adult Committee (YAC) for one year. She volunteered at the Doolittle Home of Foxboro, MA, and served on its board for a number of years.


Dorothy was a resolute advocate for women’s rights. Prior to entering the ministry, she worked as Director of Education and Public Relations for Pre-Term, a women's health clinic in Cleveland, OH. She was a charter member of the National Organization for Women’s Cleveland Chapter, and served on the organization’s board and public relations committee. She served as member of the Cleveland Abortion Rights Action League; and member of the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (now the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice).


Dorothy was very involved with the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Heritage Society (UUWHS). She served on the Society’s Board of Directors from June 1995 to June 2001. She was a contributor and editor to a series of short biographic descriptions of UU women, titled “Notable Universalist and Unitarian Women,” and was the editor of the last edition in 2000. She was actively involved with programs put on by the UUWHS and was involved with the development of UUWHS calendars. She sponsored, wrote, and edited the UUWHS’ 2002 Calendar on the first female ordained UUA Minister Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell, M.Div.


The arts and creativity were powerful forces in Dorothy’s life. More than 15 years of her youth were dedicated to the formal study of piano and acting. She was a well-known actor and director in community theater throughout her life, much of it to critical acclaim. Her classical piano training was sufficient to consider a professional position per her instructors. She wrote poetry and in the 1970/80's served as artistic director for the published poetry performance troupe, “Big Mama”. She also wrote, directed, and performed a one-act play about the life of Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first ordained Minister in this country who also became a Unitarian Minister, that was staged in a number of Unitarian Universalist churches, also to great acclaim for its historic educational and creative aspects pertinent to the UUA.


Until nearly the end of her life, at age 86, Dorothy was still acting minister at First Parish Church in Taunton, MA.. where congregants there remember her as “a woman of deep faith,” “ dedicated,” “generous,” and “committed to the long-term health of the congregation.”
Dorothy’s family remembers her as a gardener, a collector of ‘spiritual rocks’, a lover of the color purple, a feminist, poetess, political activist, a bird and tomato lover. She was a singer of silly songs and crocheted works of art during meetings. Her mission was to leave this world in a better place.


Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Gretchen E. Boroush; her sons, Eric D. Boroush and Kurt A. Boroush; and granddaughter Janice E. Boroush as well as her brother Dr. Thomas G. Stinchcomb, and nephews James, William, David, and Dan Stinchcomb and their wonderful families.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on September 13, 2014, at First Parish Bridgewater Unitarian Universalist Church, 50 School Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society, 27 Grove St., Scituate MA 02066.


Condolence may be sent to the family via Eric Boroush, #2 Gore St., Boston, MA 02120

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In Memory of . . . William L. Holden (1931-2014)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The Rev. William L. Holden died on August 22, 2014 at the age of 83. William was born in Boston, MA on June 2, 1931 to William L. Holden Sr. and Gladys L. Holden. As a child, he was recognized by friends and teachers for his generous and unselfish outlook on helping others. He was also a voracious reader, a pleasure he enjoyed throughout his life. In his early teens he became an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. During his later teens and early twenties he served as a summer camp counselor then waterfront director for the YMCA's Camp Wiyaka in New Hampshire. During this time he was also active in leading church youth groups. He spent three summers working as waterfront director of Camp Joslin in Massachusetts. He attended Boston Public Schools and graduated from English High School in 1948. He then graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Youth Group and Recreational Leadership from Springfield College in 1954, and entered the United States Army that same year. He served active duty until his honorable discharge in 1957. He went on to graduate with a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut in 1959, and with a Bachelor of Divinity from Crane Theological School at Tufts University in 1967.

Rev. Holden served as youth minister to the Stoneham Unitarian Church, of Stoneham, MA, from 1959 to 1961; and Minister of Education to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford, MA from 1962 to 1964. His extensive volunteer ministry included service as a volunteer hospital chaplain to Hennepin County Medical Center of Minneapolis, MN; volunteer police chaplain to the St. Paul, MN, Police Department; member of the Minnesota State Children’s Mental Health Advisory Committee; guest minister and consultant to countless Unitarian Universalist congregations; and co-founding of the Victim’s Intervention Project, a program out of the St. Paul Police Department that supports the families of homicide victims. He was ordained by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka, MN in 1980.

After serving the parish ministry, William worked as a clinical social worker at the Vacaville Psychiatric Facility in Sacramento, CA; superintendent of the Delaware Youth Authority in Dover, DE; superintendent of the County Home School in Minnetonka, MN; and administrator of the Hennepin County Corrections Department of Hennepin County, MN.

Rev. Holden was active within the denomination. He co-founded the Central Valley Area Council of the Pacific Central District (PCD) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and served on the council from 1965 to 1967. He served as board member of the Pacific Central District; Chairman of the Research and Planning Commission of the Pacific Central District; member of the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association; member of the Harper’s Ferry Ministerial Study Group; member of the Delaware Valley Ministerial Group; member of the Prairie Star Ministerial Group; program chair of the Dover Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; Liberal Religious Youth advisor in Massachusetts; workshop leader at Camp UniStar; and co-founder of The North Area Unitarian Fellowship of Sacremento, CA (now Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento).

During the 1960 and 1970s, William and his first wife, Joan, were very active in the civil rights movement, the farm workers movement, the anti-war movement, and the struggle against The John Birch Society. William remained politically engaged throughout his life, and was a life-long member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He also held membership with Toastmasters; the National Association of Social Workers; the National Council on Crime and Delinquency; and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He served as a delegate to district and state democratic conventions, and headed up United Way campaigns in Hennepin County, MN.

William’s ministry was greatly impacted upon his near death experience of waiting to receive a heart transplant in July of 1985. He co-founded the Second Chance for Life Foundation in 1988, an organization with a mission to support people who have had or who are waiting to receive a heart transplant. He often sermonized about his experience and mentored many transplantees. Additionally, William became an active supporter of many lay led congregations in the Prairie Star District (consolidated in 2013 with the Central, MidWest, and Heartland Districts to become the MidAmerica Region). He was in relationship with over twenty congregations, and led worship services, helped strengthen religious education programs through speaking and counseling, and mentored ministerial interns. He served congregations in Sioux City, MN, St. Cloud, MN and Racine, WI, among others.

William was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka, of Wayzata, MN for over thirty years, and at his death, he was also a member of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, MN.

From childhood days in Boston, Bill's sister, Nancy, remembers observing her brother as he worked fastidiously, hours at a time, examining and studying (with a magnifying glass) special postage stamps. After careful scrutiny, he would carefully place those that qualified on just the right spot in his beautiful albums. She also remembers watching him build beautiful model airplanes with balsam wood, tissue paper, glue, and colorful paint. This resulted in dozens of colorful models hanging in flight, attached to the ceiling with fine thread.

Bill loved good theatre and fine music. He would often invite his sister to accompany him for an evening in Boston or a trip to Cape Cod for a magnificent concert or delightful theatre; this kindness and generosity influenced and enriched her entire life.

William is survived by his wife, Sondra Smalley; children, William Lynn (Karin Lauria), Barbara Lynn, Michele Wallace (Doug Root), Sarah Merwin (Kedrik), and Doug Smalley (Sara); grandchildren, Madeline, Chloe, Jack, Isaac, and Bennett; sister, Nancy Gear; nephews, Greg Ruetzler and Dean Ruetzler; cousin, Beaulah Welch; and best friend (and brother of the heart), Joe Keating.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on October 4th at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mt Curve Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Rev. David Breeden will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Second Chance for Life Foundation (http://www.secondchanceforlife.org/) or the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (http://www.uusc.org/)

Notes of condolences may be sent to Bill Lynn, 12 Mountain Avenue, Marlborough, MA 01752; to Sondra Smalley, 5225 Grandview Square, #112, Edina, Minnesota 55436; and to Nancy Holden Gear, 10 Sebring Road, South Burlington, VT 05403.

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In Memory of . . . Janet H. Bowering (1930-2014)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Janet Hartzell Bowering died on July 17, 2014 at the age of 83.  Jan was born on December 7, 1930 to Allen Reiff Hartzell and Catharine May Weiser. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts. She went on to receive an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1998.

Rev. Bowering was ordained on January 30, 1955 by The North Carolina Universalist Convention at The Universalist Church of Outlaw’s Bridge of Seven Springs, NC. In 1957, she was called to the Universalist Church of Kinston, NC; she served as part-time minister in Kinston until 1959, and as part-time minister at First Parish of Tyngsborough, MA from 1977 to 1979. She then served as minister of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill from 1979 to 1996, and upon her retirement in 1996, she was voted Minister Emerita.

Jan was passionate about religious education and viewed it as integral to ministry.  She was certified as a Religious Educator by the St. Lawrence Theological School in 1953, and while attending, she studied under Angus MacLean. Jan and her late husband, Rev. Vinton Bowering, worked with youth in churches, service projects and camps throughout their ministry. Jan served the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, MA, as Director of Religious Education from 1974 to 1979. She worked alongside her husband, who served as minister to the congregation from 1974 to 1979. In 1979, Rev. Vinton Bowering suffered a fatal heart attack and the church received special permission to by-pass a search process and call Rev. Jan Bowering as their minister.

Rev. Bowering’s ministry of the UU Church of Haverhill, MA, reached far beyond the congregation and into the community at large. In 1977, Rev. Bowering offered use of the Haverhill UU church to the Calvary Baptist Church of Haverhill, MA, as the Calvary Baptist Church had suffered a devastating fire. She later offered the basement of the church as a shelter for homeless individuals, and the shelter remained there for three years.

Jan was active in many denominational organizations. She served the Mass Bay Chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) as member, senior Good Offices team member, Nominating Committee member, and Fall Conference planning committee member; the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society as board member and president; the Church of the Larger Fellowship as board member and executive committee member; and the Continental Board of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation. She was the first female member of the ministerial study group, The Fraters of the Wayside Inn, and held membership with the Cedar Hill Study Group, the Central Midwest Chapter of the UUMA, the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association, and the Unitarian Universalist Association Professional Support Services Committee. She was an enthusiastic supporter and promoter of the Clara Barton Camp for over fifty years.

Jan valued her Universalist roots, and found it important to preserve the Universalist legacy. She served the Board of the Universalist Heritage Foundation, the Massachusetts Association of Universalist Women, and the Massachusetts Universalist Convention. She was mentored by Rev. Edna Bruner, and inspired by both Edna and Rev. Olympia Brown. She was known far and wide for her dramatic portrayal of Rev. Brown, and she offered her portrayal more than forty times.  

Rev. Bowering ministered to the Universalist Church in Kinston, NC, right after the Supreme Court decision on integration went into effect. Her time in Kinston presented challenges that she readily accepted. She wrote,

“I remember one time we took the LRY [Liberal Religious Youth] to hear Harry Golden speak in Kinston, 22 miles away. We didn’t know, or we would have prepared the kids for non-segregated seating. Fortunately we arrived late, were ushered in to a lecture in progress and sat hastily wherever we could. Afterward we stopped for ice cream, two cars full of young people, and tried to sort out feelings. It was interesting that they mainly didn’t want their parents to know what happened lest they jeopardize their chances to go places and do things with Mr. and Mrs. Bowrin’ ’”

 

An avid traveler, Jan loved to explore new places and meet new people. She collected foreign dolls, purchased during her travels and given to her by friends and family. She was an amateur potter, a painter and a naturalist; she relished time spent with her family at their summer house in rural Maine.

Jan’s family remembers her as “extremely inquisitive,” and “very practical.” Her daughter, Diana Bowering, describes how her mother was quick to take action upon hearing of a problem, and lived with a mentality of “let’s not talk about it, let’s get down there and do something about it.” Jan was known as extremely hard working, and “wasn’t one to sit around.” Diana reports how even when hospitalized and suffering from a wandering mind, her mother said of the hospital stay, “In theory, I don’t think this is the best use of my time.”

Her surviving family members include her loving children, Dawn Jordan and companion, John Hyland, Diana Bowering, Alan Bowering and wife, Leslie.; granddaughter, Laura Morley and husband Matthew; and great-grandson, William Morley.

A Celebration of Life will be held on September 20th, 2014, at 1:00 P.M., at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, 15 Kenoza Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830. A potluck lunch hosted by the UU Church of Haverhill will follow. All are welcome. A memorial gathering was held from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., on Saturday, July 26th at Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 South Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01835.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Clara Barton Camp, P.O. Box 356 North Oxford, MA 01537 (www.bartoncenter.org); Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Avenue, Saco, ME 04072 (www.ferrybeach.org); or Merrimack Valley Hospice of Home Health Foundation, Attn: Tammy Stott, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843 (www.homehealthfoundation.org).

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In Memory of . . . Alexander L. Craig (1937-2014)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The Rev. Alexander Lincoln Craig died on July 22, 2014, at the age of 76.  Alec was born on October 22, 1937 to Emily and Edward Craig. He graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Education in 1959, a Master of Education in 1961, and from Syracuse University with a Doctorate of Education in 1968. He went on to study for three years at Bangor Theological Seminary.

Rev. Craig was ordained by the Universalist Church of Sangerville, ME (now Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville and Dover Foxcroft) in 1990. He was first called to serve as interim minister to the neighboring churches, the Universalist Church of Sangerville, ME and the First Universalist Church of Dexter, ME. He served both churches as interim minister from 1990 to 1992, and as settled minister from 1992 to 2000. He later served the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, FL as co-consulting minister from 2002 to 2005 and as pastoral care minister from 2009 to 2012; and Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists of Odessa, FL, as part time minister from 2005 to 2012. He was named Minister Emeritus of both congregations in 2012.

Committed to the denomination, Alec was a member of the Northeast District of the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association (consolidated with the New Hampshire Vermont District in 2008 to form the Northern New England Chapter), and served the district as Chair of Extension, and Chair of Adult Activities. He also served as Northeast District Disaster Coordinator to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee; liaison to students at Bangor Theological Seminary; and president and vice president of the West Central Cluster of UU Congregations, FL.

Alec believed that volunteering was important, and participated in many community organizations.  He served as board member and board president of the Charlotte White Center; volunteer for the Fund Raising Committee for Womancare; member of the Dexter Regional High School Civil Rights team; member of the Interfaith Alliance; member of the American Civil Liberties Union; volunteer for Habitat for Humanity; and volunteer teacher of safe driving courses for the American Association of Retired Persons. After moving to Florida, Alec worked part time for the Salvation Army.

Prior to ministry, Alec served the field of special education for twenty eight years. He worked in public school administration, college teaching, residential care, and institutional care.

Alec was gifted in pastoral care, and is described by his wife, Penny, as a “humanitarian” who “enjoyed serving people”. Penny remembers how Alec’s ministry included end-of-life pastoral care; she remarked, “He loved doing funerals, and loved visiting people in nursing homes and hospitals, holding their hands, and making sure their families felt like they were being heard.”

He is survived by his wife, Penny Craig; son, Geoffrey Craig (Sarah Flynn); daughter, Emily Kirk; granddaughters, Allora Craig, and Hannah Kirk; and brothers Duncan Craig (Cynthia McFadden) and Edward Craig (Frances Craig).

A Scottish Celebration of Life will be held in October, 2014 in Seminole, FL; a second Scottish Celebration of Life will be held in New Hampshire during the summer of 2015.   

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601 (www.lung.org), and/or your local hospice organization.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Penny Craig, 9053 Pinehurst Drive, Seminole, FL 33777.

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In Memory of . . . Jennifer M. Slade (1959-2014)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The Rev. Jennifer Marie Slade died on July 17, 2014 at the age of 55.

Jennifer was born on July 11, 1959 to Robert W. Slade and Kennetha A. Slade. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1981, and from Harvard Divinity School with a Master of Divinity in 1990.

Rev. Slade was ordained by the Winchester Unitarian Society, of Winchester, MA in 1991. She held pastorates at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Greenville, NC from 1992 to 2002, and First Universalist Church of Sampson County at Red Hill, of Taylors Bridge, NC from 2006 to 2010. She served as sabbatical minister at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durham, NC, in 1999; Ministerial Settlement Representative for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Southeast District from 2008 to 2011; and interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Woodstock, IL (now Tree of Life UU Congregation of McHenry, IL) from 2011 to 2012. She spent the past year serving as developmental minister to the Unitarian Church of Norfolk, VA.   

Rev. Slade’s ministry supported both the spiritual and physical growth of congregations. Throughout her time at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the congregation grew from 165 adult members and 40 children and youth, to 360 adult members and 155 children and youth. The congregation also moved to a new, larger facility. Similarly, Jennifer guided the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Woodstock to a larger facility commensurate with its growth, particularly in Religious Education. She hoped to move the Norfolk congregation to a new location as rising tides repeatedly flooded the church.

Jennifer was invested in the larger denomination, and served as a member of the Southeast District of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. She worked as a Chaplain Resident at the Bronson Methodist Hospital, of Kalamazoo, MI, and served as campus chaplain and advisor to the Unitarian Universalist Group at Furman University, of Greenville, NC. Jennifer was instrumental in starting the Montessori preschool, UU World of Children at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, founded in 1997. She was appointed a Merrill Fellow in 2000, and spent her sabbatical at Harvard.

Jennifer served various community organizations including the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Services; AFFIRM a support organization for gay and lesbian youth; the Sampson County Methamphetamine Taskforce; the Urban League of the Upstate; and the Greenville Faith Communities United (now Interfaith Forum).

Jennifer’s colleagues and friends remember her as “bright,” “loving,” ‘kind,” and “inspiring.” She was a birthright Unitarian, and passionate about fixing social ills. She was very interested in reading; and she had an incredible memory for facts, dates, and important events in the lives of those she loved.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, John Santoianni; son, Samuel J. Santoianni; daughter, Emma M. Santoianni; brother, K. Sean Slade; sisters in law, Rachel L. Slade, Lois A. Sans, and Jeanne R. Century (Michael S. Weisman); brothers in law, Michael P. Normandin, and James M. Santoianni (Joan F. Santoianni); nieces, Samara Ruberg, Rachel K. Sans (Christian J. Palmer), Kimberly A. Cochran (Joshua Cochran), Katherine J. Santoianni; nephews, Kenan C. Slade, Reuben W. C. Slade, Christopher M. Santoianni, Stephen J. Santoianni (Valerie Santoianni), James R. Santoianni,  Matthew M. Santoianni, and Justin P. Santoianni.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 2nd, at 3:00 p.m. at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd., Durham, NC 27707.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The UU World of Children, att. Maureen Nery, 1135 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609 (http://www.montessoriworldofchildren.com/giving.html).

Notes of condolences may be sent to John Santoianni, 914 W. Markham Ave., Durham, NC, 27701.

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In Memory of . . . Margaret D. Tyndall (1923-2014)

Posted By Administration, Sunday, July 20, 2014
The Rev. Margaret D. Tyndall who died on March 29, 2014 at the age of 91. Margaret was born on March 7, 1923 to Harold and Kathleen Davies. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in 1952. She went on to receive a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1968.

Rev. Tyndall was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1971 by the Unitarian Church of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She served as Associate Minister to the Unitarian Church of Edmonton from 1971 to 1973, and from 1977 to 1978. She was called to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City in 1989, and served there as Minister of Religious Education until 1992.

Margaret was certified as a Director of Religious Education by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1970. She served as Director of Religious Education to the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarians from 1961 to 1962; and the Unitarian Church of Edmonton from 1967 to 1971 and 1976 to 1978.

Margaret served as membership chairman of Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) and Emergency Room chaplain at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Margaret and her spouse, Gordon Tyndall, were among the founders of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarians and served the congregation as Sunday school teachers. Both were passionate about supporting Tibet; they raised thousands of dollars for the Tibetan Refugee Children’s Education Fund, and housed a number of Tibetan refugees.

Margaret was interested in painting, calligraphy and writing short stories. She was involved with the Berkeley Buddhist Peace Fellowship and studied Vipassana meditation. She also enjoyed swimming and hiking

Margaret is survived by her sons, David Tyndall (Christine Angell) and Benjamin Tyndall (Janice Tyndall); daughter, Caroline Salcedo (Jose Salcedo); grandchildren, Antonio, Ricardo, and Nina; and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of seventy-one years, Gordon Tyndall.

Notes of condolences may be sent in care of David Tyndall at 1510 Stallion Court, McKinleyville, CA, 95519.

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In Memory of . . . Robert E. Stebbins (1931-2014)

Posted By Administration, Sunday, July 20, 2014
The Rev. Robert E. Stebbins died on June 17, 2014, at the age of 82. Robert was born on July 28, 1931, to Charles F. Stebbins and Velma J. Stebbins. He graduated with a Bachelor of Art from Bowling Green State University in 1953 and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1956. He went on to receive his PhD in modern European history from University of Minnesota in 1960.

Rev. Stebbins was ordained to the Methodist fellowship on June 3, 1956. He served as program secretary at the University of Minnesota YMCA/YWCA from 1956 to 1958 as well as conducting Sunday services at the Methodist Church in New Richmond, Wisconsin. He then served as part time Interim Assistant Minister at the Mayflower Congregational Church from 1958 to 1959.

Rev. Stebbins withdrew from the Methodist ministry in 1959, and was fellowshipped as a Universalist minister the same year. After the merger of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America, he became a Unitarian Universalist minister. While studying for his PhD, he served as the executive director for Tri-U, a Unitarian Universalist student group at the University of Minnesota from 1959 to 1961. Rev. Stebbins served as a professor of European history at Eastern Kentucky State College from 1963 until his retirement in 2000.

Rev. Stebbins was one of the founders of the Madison County UU Fellowship in 1978. He was an active member of the congregation for the rest of his life, most often serving as program chair for the lay led congregation.

Robert enjoyed traveling, and explored all seven continents; he followed a ritual of climbing to the highest point of each destination. He was an avid tennis player, and played until the age of seventy-eight. Friends and colleagues recall his “rational perspective” and sense of humor.

Robert’s family members fondly remember his “general delight in living,” and the love he had for his wife and three daughters. His wife, Ann Stebbins, noted, “He encouraged me to reach a potential I did not know I had. He helped me lead a life I did not know I could.”

He is survived by his wife, K. Ann Stebbins; daughters, Susan Stebbins Collins (William Collins), Beth Ann Stebbins (Doug Brown), and Kara Lynn Stebbins (Al Ferro); granddaughter, Emily Stebbins (Chris Vita); grandson, Russell Brown; sister, Ruth Raines; nephew, Blake Raines (Rei-fung Raines) and grand-niece, Karlene Raines.

A Celebration of Life was held on June 21, 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Madison County, in Richmond, KY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403; the Madison County Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1081 Willis Branch Road, Richmond, KY 40475; or the American Humanist Association, 1777 T Street, Washington, DC 20009.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Ann Stebbins at 208 College View Dr., Richmond, KY 40475.

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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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