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In Loving Memory of Stephen Phinney (1940-2020)

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 1, 2020
We our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Stephen “Steve” E. Phinney, who died on May 2, 2020, at the age of 80.

Steve was born on March 31, 1940 in Rochester, NY to Robert Morris Phinney and Margaret Smith Phinney. In 1964, he graduated from the University of Rochester, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, following which he completed his graduate work in Astrogeophysics at the University of Colorado (1968-1972). He then worked as a Staff Systems Engineer at IBM Federal Systems Company (FSC), (1973-1982); as an Advisory Systems Engineer at IBM FSC, Manassas, VA (1982-1994); and as a Senior System Engineer at Signal Corporation, Fairfax, VA (1994-1999), before discerning his call to ministry. Later in 2003, Steve received his Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC.

Rev. Phinney was granted Preliminary Fellowship in 2004, and ordained on April 17, 2005, by the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria, VA. Prior to his ordination, he served as an intern minister at the First Unitarian Church of Richmond, VA (2002-2003); after his ordination, he served the UU Church of Ellsworth, ME as an interim minister (2006-2007), and the UU Westside Congregation, Rio Rancho, NM as a settled minister (2007-2013). Rev. Phinney then retired from his ministry on July 31, 2013.

Outside of his parish and interim ministries, Rev. Phinney was President of the Liberal Religious Youth Officer (LRY) in Rochester, NY (1958); board member of the Unitarian Universalist for Social-Justice of the Baltimore-Washington Area, and member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. He played piano and taught Religious Education for six years with his wife Lucy, at the UU Congregation of Fairfax, VA (1976-1982). For the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, VA, Rev. Phinney created a bookstore, served as a member of the Aesthetics Committee (1995), and co-chaired the Sunday Service Committee (1993).
Rev. Phinney also provided his services to several community organizations. He was Assistant Scout Master for the Boys Scout (1982-1992); he Co-chaired the I-95 Crossing Study for Virginia Secretary of Transportation (1991-1994); and chaired the Prince William County, Commission on Transportation, VA (1991-1996). Additionally, he served as a member of the Northern Virginia Citizen’s Advisory Committee of Transportation Coordinating Committee (1992); of the Prince William County Historical Commission, VA (1996-2002); and of the Committee to Restore Brentsville Center, VA (1996).
In his free time, Steve liked restoring antiques, genealogy, camping, antiquing, traveling, reading and collecting. He loved music, played trombone and piano, and sang in church choirs.

Steve is survived by his wife, Cynthia Mortland Phinney; his three children: Sara Phinney Kelley and her husband Dave, Jennifer Phinney Bell and her husband Pat, and Robert Stephen Phinney and his wife Alyce; his five grandchildren: Rachel Bell Hopkins and her husband Cameron Hopkins, Erin Bell, Kathleen (Katie) Kelley, Tobey Phinney and Lucas Phinney; as well as his brother Robert A. Phinney and wife Caroline. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Lucy Walsh Phinney.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

There is no memorial service planned right now; at a later date, his ashes will be interred at the Phinney family cemetery plot in Barnstable, Cape Cod, MA and scattered on Mount Desert Island, ME.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Cynthia Phinney, 14836 E. Alabama Place, Aurora, CO 80012.

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF GLENDA C. WALKER (1933-2020)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

We offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Glenda C. Walker who died on Feb 12, 2020, at the age of 86.

Glenda was born on June 13, 1933 in Branchville, NJ.  She graduated high school in 1951, following which she joined the Air Force in 1953. She then received a Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology in 1979; and Master of Social Work in Counseling in 1981; both from the University of Oklahoma. Subsequently, Glenda worked for the University of Oklahoma, where she undertook various positions: as Peake People (1981-1982), as an Administrative Secretary (1982-1984), and as an Information Processor (1984-1985). Afterward, she served as a Student Clerk, Student Field Placement, Youth Group Facilitator and Assistant to Minister, at the Harvard Divinity School, before discerning her call to ministry. Later in 1990, Glenda earned her Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.

Rev. Walker was ordained on June 17, 1990 by All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK, where she carried out her ministerial internship from 1988 to 1989. Following her ordination, she was called to the First Unitarian Church of Wausau, WI, where she served the congregation for a decade (1990 to 2000) and retired on June 13, 2000. Soon after her retirement, on November 19, 2000, the Wausau congregation honored Rev. Walker as their minister emeritus.

In addition to her parish ministry, Rev. Walker served several denominational boards and committees including the Central Midwest District (CMD) Extension Committee, and the CMD Ministers’ Association Nomination Committee. In 1989, she was student liaison for the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.

Rev. Walker provided her services to various community organizations. She served the Sexual Harassment Council of the University of Oklahoma (1984-1985); and the Steering Committee of several community organizations, some of which include: Aids Memorial Service, Tulsa, OK (1989); Interfaith Choice Luncheon, Tulsa, OK (1989); and Interfaith Breakfast on Infant Mortality Issues, Tulsa, OK (1989). She was on the community board for the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Institutional Review Committee, Alliance for Mentally Ill, and North Central Health Care Community Coordination Committee.

Rev. Walker was also one of the first three honorees of YWCA, Women of Vision in 1993. In her spare time, she enjoyed walking, reading, movies, and hanging out with friends.

Rev. Walker is survived by her daughter Holly Jewell; niece Kathleen Brown; nephew Gregory Limon; as well as many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Oliver and Jean Walker, and her sisters, Eileen Walker and June Woodcock.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wausau, WI.

A memorial service was held at 11 am on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau, 504 Grant St, Wausau, WI 54403.

Notes of condolences may be sent to the First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau, 504 Grant St, Wausau, WI 54403; Attn: The Friends and Family of Glenda Walker.

Additional information may be found at the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association. 

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In loving memory of Kenneth R. Mochel (1934-2020)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Kenneth “Ken” R. Mochel who died on March 31, 2020, at the age of 86.

Ken was born on January 30, 1934 in Woodbury, NJ to Myron G. Mochel and Eunice S. Mochel. He graduated from St. Lawrence University, NY in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, following which he served as student minister at the Universalist Church of Cicero, NY (1956-1957). Later in 1960, Ken earned his Bachelor of Divinity, and received his Religious Education Certification from St. Lawrence University Theological School.

Rev. Mochel was ordained on October 9, 1960 by the First Unitarian Congregation Church, Rochester, NY where he served as an assistant to the Minister for two years (1960-1962). He then accepted a call from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ormond Beach, FL and served until 1965. Thereafter, Rev. Mochel carried out his interim ministry at the Unitarian Church of Barneveld, NY (1965). Subsequently, he served his parish ministry at the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church, NY (1971-1972) and the UU Fellowship of Big Flats, NY (1992-1996). On June 30, 1995, Rev. Mochel retired from his active ministry. After his retirement, he ministered at two neighboring congregations: Hornell Alfred UU Society, NY (1999-2000) and Auburn UU Society, NY (1999-2008).

In addition to his parish and interim ministries, Rev. Mochel provided his services to various denominational boards and committees. He was President for the Theological School Student Government, St. Lawrence Theological School (1959-1960), and member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, and Liberal Religious Education Directors Association. Rev. Mochel was UU Service Committee Representative to the Niagara Frontier Unit from Geneseo Fellowship. Furthermore, he served the Auburn UU Society, NY as an Adult Religious Educator from 2006 to 2014, and as a Newspaper Editor from 2007 to 2014. Notably, Rev. Mochel was one of the three members of the Hornell Alfred Unitarian Universalist Society (HAUUS) who facilitated the move from Alfred to Hornell.

Ken was also an active member of several community organizations, including Planning Council of Community Chest, Utica, NY; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Rochester and Daytona Beach; Rochester Association for the United Nations; the City Club of Rochester; and Return Patients Committee of the Mental Health Association of Volusia County. He chaired the Rochester Independent Political Forum and served the Executive Committee of Halifax Chapter of the American Association for the United Nations; Executive Committee of Halifax Area Council on Human Relations; and the Social Concerns Committee of the Ministerial Association of Halifax Area. Likewise, Ken functioned as a Secretary of New York State CAP Directors Association and was delegate to the National Convention in NYC (May 1964). From 1966 to 1969, Ken was chosen to work for an anti-poverty program as an Executive Director at Utica Community Action, Inc. Utica, NY.

In his spare time Ken enjoyed gardening and lawn care. He was well known as a Master Gardener and had started a food pantry garden in Auburn, NY.

Ken is survived by his wife Audrey Mochel; his two sons David Mochel and Jim Mochel; and his sister Virginia Clark.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Auburn UU Society,  607 N Seward Ave, Auburn, NY 13021-2107 .

A memorial service is being planned.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Audrey Mochel at 13 Wood Street, Auburn, NY, 13021.

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In Loving Memory of James Wickman (1931-2019)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
We offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. James “Jim” Allen Wickman who died on November 29, 2019, at the age of 88.

Jim was born on November 9, 1931 in Omaha, NE to James Augustus Wickman and Christine Elizabeth (Hardin) Wickman. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1953, a Master of Business Administration in 1954, and PhD. in Business in 1961, all from the University of Washington. Jim worked at the University of Washington as an Associate Professor, teaching Social Responsibility of Business and Ethics in Business from 1956 to 1982. At the end of 1982, he opted for an early retirement from his teaching; in 1983, the University of Washington honored him as Professor Emeritus. Later in life, Jim discerned his call to ministry and earned his Master of Divinity from Northwest Theological Union, Seattle, WA in 1991.

Rev. Wickman was ordained on September 8, 1991 by the Shoreline Unitarian Church, Seattle, WA. Prior to his ordination, he interned at the Kitsap UU Fellowship, Bremerton, WA. After his ordination, he accepted a call from the Community UU Church, Pasco, WA and served for two years until 1994. Following his first settlement, Rev. Wickman was occasionally called upon for pulpit engagements. In 1999, he retired from active ministry.

Rev. Wickman served the Pacific Northwest District (PNWD) as President for two years, and a Board member for five years (1980-1985). He functioned as Registrar of the PNWD Unitarian Leadership School (1980-1987) and served the PNWD Leadership School Committee. Furthermore, he was founding member of Shoreline Unitarian Church, WA and Secretary of the UUMA Chapter.

Throughout his life, Jim continued teaching part time. He had several of his writings published including “Christmas Stories,” UU World, 1981; “Lighting the Candles of Christmas,” Christmas Eve Service, Worship Arts Clearing House, 1981; Christmas Stories, “REACH Christmas Collection, 1986. He was involved with the Habitat for Humanity group (in three cities: Pasco, Kennewick and Richland, WA) as a volunteer builder. In his spare time Jim enjoyed cabinetry, carpentry, photography and travel.

Jim is survived by his wife of 42 years, Janet L. Tyler; his children Shelley Weisberg, Jeff Wickman, and Cristy Wickman; his stepchildren Richard Ingham and Lori Bartosh; as well as his seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, 14724 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.
In remembrance of Jim, his family will be presenting and participating in “My Love Affair with the Mountains” a program of Jim’s photography, music and poetry (originally created by Jim for the initial Earth Day celebrations in Seattle, WA). The memorial program will likely be presented in the Seattle area.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Janet Tyler at 4009 Vista Place, Pasco, WA 99301.

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In Loving Memory of George Briggs (1930-2019)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 11, 2020
George was born on August 21, 1930 in Highland Park, IL to George Briggs and Evelyn Rist Briggs. He graduated from San Jose State College, CA in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, following which he earned his Master of Theology from the Iliff School of Theology, CO in 1955. From 1955 to 1961, George served as a minister to several small Methodist churches in Oregon and Idaho. He then worked at the Alameda Co., Welfare Dept., Oakland, CA as a Social Worker (1961-1964), and as a Social Work Supervisor (1964-1968). From 1964 to 1968, he served the Universalist Church of Oakland, CA, part-time, assisting the minister. Later, in 1979, George graduated from Lamar University, TX with his Master of Arts in English.

Rev. Briggs was ordained in 1955 and welcomed into preliminary fellowship in 1968. Following his fellowship, he served his parish ministry at the UU Meeting House of Pittsfield, ME (1968-1973); and Spindletop Unitarian Church Incorporated, Beaumont, TX (1973-1982). In 1982, Rev. Briggs was called to the UU Church of Birmingham, AL where he would minister until 1990. Later in 1990, he accepted a call from the UU Congregation of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, FL and served as an interim minister for a year. He then carried out a series of interim ministries at the following congregations: the UU Fellowship of Winston-Salem, NC (1991-1992); the UU Church of Canton, NY (1992-1993); The Community Church of Chapel Hill UU, NC (1993-1994); and the First Congregational Unitarian Church of Harvard, MA (1994-1995). In 1995, Rev. Briggs retired from active ministry. The UU Fellowship of Winston-Salem, NC honored him as their Minister Emeritus in 2000.

In addition to his parish and interim ministries, Rev. Briggs, carried out other vital services on behalf of the denomination. He functioned as President for the Southwest UU Minister Association; as a Program Director for the Southwest UU Summer Institute (1978); and as Ministerial Settlement Representative for the Southwest District UUA (1981-1982). He served on the Southwest UU District Board; and was Minister of the Week, at the “The Mountain” (1984).

Rev. Briggs provided his services as an Auxiliary Chaplain for the University of Alabama Hospitals (1982-1990) and as President for the Beaumont Ministers Association, TX. He was volunteer interviewer for the Crisis Control Ministry, Winston-Salem, NC (1991-1992, & 1995) and for the Interfaith Council for Social Service, Chapel Hill, NC (1993-1994).

In his spare time George greatly enjoyed reading, music, and attending concerts.

George is survived by his daughter Irma Polster and her husband Mark Polster; and his three grandsons, Aaron Polster, Julius Polster and Elliott Polster.


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In Loving Memory of Richard Kelley (1926-2020)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 10, 2020
We offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Richard W. Kelley, who died on Feb 8, 2020, at the age of 93.

Richard was born on August 2, 1926 in Rockford, IL to George M. Kelley and Vera N. Kelley. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science, following which he worked as a Chaplain’s Assistant at Council for Clinical Training of Minister, Napa State Mental Hospital, Imola, CA. In 1955, Richard earned his Bachelor of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry.

Rev. Kelley was ordained on May 24, 1956 by the Unitarian Church of Our Father, Newburgh, NY where he carried out his ministry from 1955 to 1959. In 1959, he was called to the UU Church of Little Rock, AR where he served until 1967. Later in 1967, Rev. Kelley accepted a call from the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, NM and ministered for four years. Thereafter, he served for two decades at the Paint Branch UU Church, Adelphi, MD (1971-1991). On July 31, 1991, Rev. Kelley, retired from his active ministry; on September 1, 1991, the Paint Branch congregation honored him as their minister emeritus. After his retirement, from 1991 to 1994, Rev. Kelley served the UU Church of Hagerstown, MD as a consulting minister. Furthermore, he served the UU Fellowship of Southern Maryland, MD as a church administrator from 1996 to 2005, and as a newsletter editor from 2005 to 2007.

In addition to his parish ministry, Rev. Kelley served the Southwestern Unitarian Universalist Conference (SWUUC) Summer Institute as a Workshop Leader (1959-1960); as “Sunset” Speaker (1961); and as a Program Chairman (1962). He also served the board of the SWUUC (1962-1965), SWUUC Religious Education Committee (1962-1965) and SWUUC Executive Committee (1964-1965). Rev. Kelley was visiting minister to the Unitarian Fellowship of Alexandria, LA; and performed as a Secretary-Treasurer (1963-1964) and President (1964-1965) for the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association- Southwestern Chapter.

Richard passionately provided his services to the communities to which he belonged. He functioned as a board member for the Planned Parenthood Clinic, Newburgh, NY (1957 -1959) and served the Urban League of Greater Little Rock, AR under various positions: as a member (1960-1967), as a board Member (1960-1963), as First Vice President (1962-1963) and as an Acting President (1963). For the Arkansas Council for Human Relations, Richard served as a Member (1960-1967), as a Board Member (1961-1963) and served the Advisory Committee (1961-1964). In addition, he was a Special Instructor of Philosophy in the Religion Department of Little Rock University, AR (1965-1967); and he served on the board for the New Mexico Mental Health Association (1968-1969). In addition, Richard was an enlisted man of the United States Army. In his spare time, he enjoyed artwork generally, block printing, sculpture, creative writing, woodworking, camping, hiking and swimming.

Richard’s daughter Tina DeLaBriandais wrote: “Our father was a gentle and sensitive man who celebrated life, nature, love and the closeness of his family. He left behind him a long lifetime of found and cherished memories shared by many friends and family.”

Richard is survived by his wife Mary Ann Kelley; his children Susan, Tara and Tina; his ten grandchildren; and his seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Association or to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

A memorial service was held at 3 pm on Sunday, March 15 at the Paint Branch UU Church, 3215 Power Mill Rd, Adelphi, MD 20783.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Mary Ann Kelley at 201 Dennis Ct, Oakley, CA 94561.

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF ANDREW C. BACKUS (1944-2020)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

We offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Dr. Andrew “Andy” C. Backus who died on January 22, 2020, at the age of 75.

 

Andy was born on June 12, 1944 in Washington, D.C to Gordon T. Backus and Elizabeth W. Backus. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University, MD with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 1966, and PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1972. Andy then took a job at Moorestown Friends School as a Chemistry and Science teacher following which he worked for the Rohm and Haas Co., PA. Later in 1983, Andy received his Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School, MA.

 

Rev. Backus was ordained on June 5, 1983 by the First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Tyngsboro, MA where he carried out his first ministry from 1982 to 1983. He was then called to serve the UU Society of Oneonta Inc., NY (1983-1994) and the UU Society of Schenectady, NY (1994-2000). Thereafter, Rev. Backus served as an interim minister at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, BC (2000-2002) and the First UU Church of San Diego, CA (2002-2003). In 2004, he retired from the ministry.

 

In addition to his parish ministry, Rev. Backus served various denominational boards and committees. He was President of the Washington, DC area Liberal Religious Youth (LRY, 1960-1961); of the Middle Atlantic Region of LRY (1961-1962); and of the Harvard UU Ministerial Students. He presented a program on collegial worship at the Iroquois Chapter of the UUMA; and a workshop on “liturgy” at the General Assembly in 1981, and on “UU Liturgy” at the Eastern NY Cluster Conference in 1986. Rev. Backus functioned as Secretary-Treasurer for the Iroquois Chapter (1986-1992), and Secretary-Treasurer for the continental UUMA (1992-1994). Furthermore, he was a member of the UUMA Computer Communications Committee, and delegate to numerous district meetings and General Assemblies (1976-2000). 

 

Andy also provided his services to numerous community organizations. He served the Community Relations Committee of Job Corps, Oneonta, NY (1983-1986) and the Clergy Advisory Board of the Planned Parenthood of Delaware and Otsego Counties (1983-1985). Andy functioned as Board of Trustees for several organizations including OURS, a local human services agency (1983-1988); OFO, a human services agency (1989-1994); Project 85, a human services agency (1990); and Planned Parenthood of Northeastern NY (1995-1998). He was co-convener for the Schenectady County Clergy Association and Community Facilitator of Study Circles, an anti-racism program (2000). From 1983 to 2000, he was a speaker at numerous community-wide public events. Moreover, Andy had created his website: “ Celebrating Family and Community Gatherings: music and song-for all traditions, with inclusive language, free of charge (this website will be up through 2020).

 

In his spare time, Andy enjoyed piano, photography, carpentry, boating, tennis, roller skating, and cooking.

 

Andy is survived by his wife of 53 years, Christine L. Backus; his sister Leslie Claire Backus, and his brother-in-law Greg Cassidy; his nieces Alisha and Hema Sarang-Sieminski and their children, Thendral, Kavyn and Suriyan.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.

 

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, February 15, at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, WA 98225.

 

Notes of condolences may be sent to Chris Backus at 2746 Broadway St, Bellingham, WA 98225.

 

Additional information may be found here. 

 

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF HEATHER LYNN HANSON (1938-2019)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

We offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Heather Lynn Hanson, who died on November 24, 2019, at the age of 81.

Heather was born on June 29, 1938 in Oregon. She graduated in 1960 from Portland State University, OR with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, following which she earned an Associate degree in TV Production Technology from Mt. Hood Community College, OR in 1974. Soon after, in 1975, Heather received her Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Portland, OR. She then worked in various videos, adult education and training jobs for fifteen years before following her call to ministry. In 1994, Heather earned her Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion, CA.

Rev. Hanson was ordained on October 23, 1994 by the First UU Church Houston, TX where she carried out her first ministry (1994-1997). Thereafter, she served the UU Church in Eugene, OR (1997-1998) and Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, WA (1998-1999). From 1999 to 2001, Rev. Hanson ministered at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, NY as an Interim Minister and from 2001 to 2002, at the First Unitarian Church of Denver, CO, also as an Interim Minister. Then, over a decade, Rev. Hanson carried out a series of interim ministries at the following congregations: the First UU Church of San Diego, CA (2002-2004); the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, DE (2005-2006); Rogue Valley UU Fellowship, OR (2006-2008); Tahoma UU Congregation, WA (2008-2010); Shoreline UU Church, WA (2010-2012); and lastly at Eastrose Fellowship UU, OR (2013-2014). She retired from active ministry in 2016.

 

Rev. Hanson carried out a great deal of services on behalf of the denomination. She was producer of the video tape “The Interim Opportunity” for the UUA Dept. of Ministry. She served the Pacific North West District (PNWD) Leadership School in various roles, as a group facilitator (1985); and as a co-presenter of the topic of Conflict for the Winter School (1986). Furthermore, she also served the PNWD Conflict Intervention team for five years.

 

In addition to her interim ministry, Heather served various community organizations. She was a member of the Yakima Mayor’s Committee on Human Rights, and the Longview WA Cable access for community. She functioned as a researcher and writer for the League of Women Voters (1971-1974); as a producer for the teacher training series for the Oregon Dept. of Education (1976-1977), and for the “By, For, About Women” cable series, Longview, WA (1980-1981).

In her spare time Heather greatly enjoyed ensemble singing, writing music, dance (especially folk dancing), photography, conversation, reading, and hikes in nature. Additionally, she loved attending live theater, dance, concerts, and art and science museums.

In tribute to Heather’s life, her son Trevor wrote:

“My mother felt the need to be a calming presence to the turbulent spirit of humanity. In a world filled with people making noise, desperately trying to be heard, she chose to listen to people. Hear their concerns, opinions, outrages at the world’s inequity and indifference. By hearing people, she gave them the validation they desired and allowed them to withdraw their voice from the cacophony of the world’s noise. This is how she added to the tranquility of the world, one voice at a time. My mother was a peaceful heart.”

Heather is survived by her sons Trevor and Shane; her brothers, Kirk Campbell and wife Janet, and Doug Campbell and wife Ellen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UU Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330.

A memorial service was held at 11 am on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the UU Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Trevor Hanson at 1232 Crescent Dr, Albany, OR 97321.

Additional information may be found at the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association. 


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In Loving Memory of Robert Schaibly (1942-2019)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 29, 2020
We offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Robert “Bob” Lloyd Schaibly, who died on November 11, 2019, at the age of 77.

Bob was born on August 16, 1942 in Lansing, MI to R. L. Schaibly Sr. and Dorothy Strieter Donley. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, following which he worked as a Church Administrator at the First Unitarian Church of San Francisco, CA. In 1971, Bob earned his Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School, MA.

Rev. Schaibly was welcomed into preliminary fellowship in 1971 and ordained on October 10, 1971, by the Beverly Unitarian Church of Chicago, IL, where he carried out his first ministry (1971-1979). From 1979 to 1982, he ministered at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, NH. In 1982, Rev. Schaibly accepted a call from the First Unitarian Church of Houston, TX and served as a senior minister for two decades (1982-2002). Then in 2002, he retired from active ministry; upon his retirement the Houston congregation honored him as their Minister Emeritus. Thereafter, Rev. Schaibly served the UU Community Church of Washington County, OR (2005-2006) as an interim minister.

Outside of his ministry, Rev. Schaibly served on the Board of the Southwest District of UUA, Houston Area UU Ministers, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), UU Lesbian and Gay Concerns, Lake Geneva Summer Assembly Planning Council (1970s), the Emerson Centennial Celebration Committee and UU Historical Society. He was a member of the UUA Affirmative Action Task Force; President for the Southwest District UU Ministers Association; and a founder and chair of the New England Students for the UU Ministry. Furthermore, Rev. Schaibly was Theme Speaker at the Star Island, Life on a Star Family Week in 1983. Many of his sermons were published in UU World and Church of Larger Fellowship newsletter. Some of his published writings include: “Is There a Crisis in the Ministry?” Journal of the Liberal Ministry, vol. 12, no. 3; and “The Power of the Patient,” DAY magazine vol.3, no 2.

Beyond his parish ministry, Bob served as member of several community organizations including Child and Family Services of NH, the Emergency Aid Coalition (a food pantry program); Amnesty International, People for the American Way, and SEARCH (a day center for the homeless). He functioned as Board Member for Houston ALCU, AIDS Foundation of Houston, Lake Geneva Summer Assembly Planning Committee, and “Dialysis and You” magazine. Likewise, Bob was President for NH ACLU (1980-1982); community representative for the University of Houston Animal Research Committee; and Theme Speaker for the American Cancer Society of Texas. He chaired the Mental Health Council and an ecumenical Ministerial Fellowship. Bob studied Buddhism with the Zen leader Thich Nhat Hanh and was named a Dharma Teacher in the Order of Interbeing. Bob was co-founder of the Houston Zen Community.

Bob is survived by his husband, Steven R. Storla; his sister, Rebecca Davidson and her husband, John; his brothers, Ben Schaibly, Bill Schaibly and his wife, Cathy; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Endowment Funds of the First UU Church of Houston, 5200 Fannin St. Houston, TX 77004; or the First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1034 SW 13th Ave. Portland, OR 97205. Memorial services have been held at both congregations.

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In Loving Memory of Barbara Burke (1934-2019)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 26, 2019
We offer our condolences to the family and colleagues of the Rev. Barbara D. Burke, who died on October 28, 2019, at the age of 85.

Barbara was born on January 7, 1934 in Oakland, CA to Warren Burke and Ellen Dunbar. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education, following which she earned her Master of Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Washington in 1985. She then served the Edmonds Unitarian Church, WA as a student minister (1988) and the Unitarian Church, Rockford, IL as a summer minister (1988). Later in 1989, Barbara received her Master of Divinity from Northwest Theological Union, WA.

Rev. Burke was ordained on January 24, 1991, by the Northlake UU Church, Kirkland, WA where she carried out her parish ministry for eight years (1990-1998). In 1998, she accepted a call from the Community UU Church, Daytona Beach, FL and served there until 2000 as a New Congregation Minister. Rev. Burke then served Horizon UU Church, Carrollton, TX as a Program Minister from 2000 until 2003, and simultaneously as an Adult Religious Educator from 2002 to 2003. Later, on November 30, 2003, she retired from her active ministry.

Outside of her ministry, Rev. Burke carried out vital services to the denomination. She served as a worship leader for the UU Women’s Federal Biennial Conference (1991); and as a member for the Lambda Ministers Guild (1991), and the Pacific Northwest District (PNWD) Ministerial Transition Team. She functioned as a UU Delegate for the Washington State Interfaith Council (1991-1994); and chaired the Nominating Committee, PNWD Chapter, UU Ministers’ Association (1992-1995), and the Steering Committee of PNWD UU Rights Campaign (1994-1995). Furthermore, Rev. Burke performed as a President for the Puget Sound UU Council; Continuing Education Representative for the PNWD-UUMA (1995); and Worship Leader for the Service of Hope and Remembrance at the General Assembly 1995.

Throughout her life, Barbara was devoted to serving the community. She served the Board and Executive Committee of Kirkland Performance Center (1991); and the Advisory Board of B-GLAD, Youth Eastside Services (1991), and Green Grass Gatherings (1992-1994). She also fulfilled her services as Treasurer and Volunteer Chaplain for Evergreen Hospital Medical Center. Barbara was Draft Counselor for Seattle Draft and Military Counseling Center and a member of Humptulips, Ministerial Study Group (1991-1995). In 1996, she was featured on an hour-long ABC-TV Turning Point program: “For Better or Worse: Gay Marriage.”

After retirement from her ministry, Barbara continued her community service as a Spiritual Advisor at Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. In her spare time, she loved needlework, reading, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her family. Likewise, she enjoyed playing bridge, visiting museums, going to movies, dancing and traveling to foreign countries.

Barbara is survived by her sons Jesse McDonald, TJ McDonald and his wife Hisako Matsumoto; her sisters Elizabeth Merriman, and Nancy Bosch; her grandson Kisho McDonald; her granddaughters Lily McDonald, Georgia McDonald, and Ruby McDonald; her nieces Kate Merriman, Porter Merriman, Amy Taylor; her nephew Joe McCormick; her grandniece Elsabet Merriman; and her grandnephews Davis and Bentley Lanterman.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Path with Art, 312 2nd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104.

A memorial service is being planned for February.

Notes of condolences may be sent to TJ McDonald at 312 N 82nd St, Seattle, WA 98103.

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