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In Loving Memory of Jack D. Zoerheide (1924 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 27, 2018

The Rev. Jack Daniel Zoerheide died on March 2, 2018 at the age of 93.

Jack was born on June 27, 1924 in Kent City, MI to parents Frank and Grace. He served in the US Navy as a lieutenant and saw active service from 1943 to 1944. Jack’s military service allowed him to enter Harvard Divinity School, where he earned his Bachelor of Divinity in 1950.

Rev. Zoerheide was ordained on April 22, 1951 by Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA. His first ministry was at the Second Parish in Hingham, MA, where he served from 1952 to 1957. Rev. Zoerheide was then called to serve the First Parish in Needham, MA from 1957 to 1969. In that year he was called to the Massachusetts’s Winchester Unitarian Society, where he served for the next ten years. From 1979 to 1981 Rev. Zoerheide ministered to New Hampshire’s Keene UU Church, following which he carried out two Interim Ministries: at All Souls Church in Braintree, MA (1981 – 1982); and at the UU Church of Fort Myers, FL (1982 – 1982). Finally, Rev. Zoerheide was called to serve the UU Church of Tarpon Springs, FL from 1984 until his retirement in 1989.

Outside of his parish ministry, Rev. Zoerheide served several denominational organizations, including the Church of the Larger Fellowship, Liberal Religious Youth, the Pamphlet Commission, and the Massachusetts Bay District of the UU Ministers’ Association—of which he served as Vice President.

Throughout his ministry, Rev. Zoerheide was a staunch advocate for civil rights. In 1964 he joined the civil rights protests in Williamstown, NC, where he spent 48 hours in jail after attempting to dine with people of color at a segregated restaurant. Jack also marched in Massachusetts with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965. And Rev. Zoerheide was a founder and board member of Winchester, MA’s ABC program for helping students of color attend high school.

Jack enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening on large scale, mycology, and carpentry: He even built a log house “according to basic ecological concepts.” He loved to spend time in his cottage on Lake Lucerne in Maine, and his family continues to enjoy this beautiful respite.

In delivering his farewell sermon to the Keene UU Church in 1981, Rev. Zoerheide offered this heartfelt call to his parishioners:

Exposure to differences in lifestyles, values, beliefs—the risk of moving out of self into a new center of the “between” is religious enterprise, which gives zest to life. It is adventure, excitement. This is the highest and best form of knowledge—to know, understand, communicate with another. …

We proclaim universal love.

Let us risk loving each other.

Jack is survived by his children Laina, Dean, Brian, Greg, and Julie; his grandchildren Jord, Eryn, Chandra, Melissa, Gabriel, Hans, Bea, Julie, Jahsiah, Jahfar, and Will; and his eleven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by Marie Annette Sandberg, his devoted wife and partner of 57 years; his siblings Holly, Donald, Norma, Robert, Fern, Mary, and Betty; his granddaughter Keyra; and his great-grandson Wyatt.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Association, Attn: Gift Processing, 24 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA 02110.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Dean Zoerheide at and 330 Gaudens Rd, Cornish, NH 03745.

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In Loving Memory of Kay A. Jorgensen (1932 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 27, 2018
The Rev. Kathryn “Kay” Alice Jorgensen died on January 15, 2018 at the age of 86.

Kathryn was born on January 9, 1932 in St. Paul, MN to Dr. Detlof Emanuel Johnson and Alice Otilia Palmquist Johnson. She graduated from Minnesota’s St. Olaf’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in theater and religion in 1953. At that time Kay sought ministry in the Lutheran church, but she was reportedly rejected from seminary due to her being a woman. Kay married Ronald Leland Jorgensen in 1955, and together they had three children: Andrea, Joel, and Erik. Later in life Kay heeded her call toward ministry, and she earned her Master of Divinity from California’s Starr King School for the Ministry in 1987.

Rev. Jorgensen was ordained on October 16, 1988 by the First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis, MN. She was first called to the Northwest UU Church in Brooklyn Center, MN, where she served from 1988 until 1993. Rev. Jorgensen then moved to California, where her daughter Andrea and sister Carolyn lived, and where Kay envisioned a “street ministry” to serve the poor in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Rev. Jorgensen became the Community Minister of Social Justice at the First UU Society of San Francisco, CA in 1998, and in that year she and Carmen Barsody (Order of St. Francis) co-founded Faithful Fools Street Ministry. The Faithful Fools’ mission is to “meet people where they are through the arts, education, advocacy, and accompaniment.” Kay sought always to build connections between the people she served in her congregation and the less-privileged people she served in the Tenderloin; she supported congregational leaders in founding the “Up on Top” afterschool and summer enrichment programs free of charge to the children of the neighborhood. Though she remained fully engaged with the Faithful Fools until her death, Rev. Jorgensen retired from active ministry in 2006, and in 2010 the First UU Society of San Francisco elected her their Minister Emerita.

Rev. Jorgensen received an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2004; the institution noted that Kay’s ministry “affirms that embodied justice and compassion can happen on a daily basis, quietly, personally, emotionally, and with the highest standards of humanity.” In 2015 she received the Patti Lawrence Distinguished Service Award from the UUA’s Pacific Central District.

Kay carried a lifelong love for theatre, and for blending drama and spirituality through her work. In the early 1960s Kay had occasion to meet the great French mime Marcel Marceau—a meeting she called a “conversion experience,” after which she devoted herself to mime, dance, and clowning. In Sioux Falls, SD she founded a children’s theatre called Fantasia Folk; then in the Twin Cities of Minnesota she joined the Orrea Mime Troupe, co-created the Street Circus Company, and performed in the Guthrie Theatre. After moving to California, Kay worked with the San Francisco Mime Troupe and continued her studies of mime with Carlo Clemente, founder of Dell’Arte International School of Comedy. In her life and in her work, Kay continued to draw on her skills as a mime and a clown, keeping a clown nose in her pocket to pull out whenever a meeting got too serious, and appearing often at Faithful Fools events as a mysterious Swedish fellow named Oscard (her clown persona).

Kay is survived by her children Andrea Jorgensen, Joel Jorgensen, Erik Jorgensen (Melissa Shamblott), and Alejandra Brown; and her partner in ministry, co-founder of Faithful Fools Street Ministry, Carmen Barsody. She was predeceased by her sister Carolyn Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faithful Fools Street Ministry, 234 Hyde St., San Francisco, CA 94102.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the First UU Society of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Faithful Fools Street Ministry, 234 Hyde St., San Francisco, CA 94102.

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In Loving Memory of Katherine A. Greenleaf (1939-2018)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Rev. Katherine “Kay” Anne Greenleaf, died on January 19, 2018 at the age of 78.

Kay was born on December 23, 1939 in Orlando, FL to parents Richard and Helen. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana’s Ball State University in 1962, following which she worked in many fields including high school drama, criminology, and social work. Later in life, after experiencing a call to ministry, Kay earned her Master of Divinity in 1996 from Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

Rev. Greenleaf was ordained on April 20, 1997 by the First UU Church of Columbus, OH. She served for a year as consulting minister to the UU Fellowship of Morgantown, WV, following which she served UU Congregation East in Reynoldsburg, OH until late 1998. Rev. Greenleaf was then called to the UU Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, NY, where she served until her retirement in 2009. The Poughkeepsie fellowship later elected Kay their Minister Emerita.

Kay was active in the denomination, belonging to the Ohio-Meadville Chapter of the UU Ministers’ Association, the Ministerial Sisterhood, and UU Revival, among other organizations. Prior to her ordination, Kay performed much supply preaching at UU congregations, and served on many congregational boards and committees—especially at First UU Columbus, where she was always eager to share her wisdom and lend a hand.

Social justice was one of Kay’s great passions throughout her life. She was a staunch advocate for adequate welfare and health care systems, and most especially for civil rights—especially for people of color and LGBT people. In 2004, after the Mayor of New Paltz, NY was prohibited from performing same-sex marriages, Kay volunteered to continue the marriages. She enlisted UU ministers and clergy from other denominations to help marry about 100 same-sex couples over the next several months; she and a UU colleague were arrested for this work and the charges were eventually dismissed. Kay once wrote, “Ending racism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism is critical to making the world spiritually richer and more humane.”

Kay loved language and words. She began writing as a child and continued writing poetry, short stories, and sermons—though she never published. She carried a note pad with her, ready to write when she saw something that touched her. Kay also enjoyed raising, training, and showing dogs; collecting works of art; nature and wildlife photography; folk, classical, and opera music; and birding.

Pat, Kay’s longtime partner and wife of 31 years, wrote of her: “Kay took people at face value and always saw the good in them.”

Kay is survived by her wife Pat Sullivan and their beloved pets; her cousins Carol Letson (Peter), Charles (Kitty), and David Hair (Mary); and her sister-in-law Linda Dackiw (George).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Human Rights Campaign, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood.

A celebration of Kay’s life will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting, 249 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Visitation will begin at 1pm, followed by a service at 2pm.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Pat Sullivan at and 3 Lilling Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

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In Loving Memory of William McEvoy

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
William McEvoy, 52 of Norwalk, the adoring husband of Carrie (Swadener) McEvoy, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 16, 2018. He was born in New York City to Aloysius William McEvoy of Hanover, PA and Linda Callahan of Bethel. William grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens and lived most of his adult life in Brooklyn.

For over 25 years, he worked for Guilford Press in New York City. Always the ham, it is no surprise that through the years he was involved in the theater and was co-founder of The Improvoholics, an improv group that performed throughout New York.

Though later in life, he was lucky enough to meet the love of his life, Carrie Swadener, and the couple married on May 15, 2010. They made their home in Norwalk and became congregants of the First Unitarian Church in Westport. It was there that William found his long-sought spiritual home and after giving a few well-received sermons, he made the life-altering decision to dedicate himself to spiritual leadership. At the time of his passing, his was actively engaged in the Master of Divinity program at the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, in which he enrolled in the fall of 2016, and was an aspirant member of the UUMA.

A loving husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, all that knew him were graced with a life of laughter, often victims of his quick wit, lured into passionate debates, amazed at his wealth of knowledge and touched by his generous heart. William lived according to his own terms, unapologetic for his views and beliefs, yet always listened with an open mind. He would want his life to be celebrated with laughter and joy rather than sorrow and tears by those who knew him. He would also tell them so with a tip of his hat, a stroke of his whiskers and that familiar impish gleam in his eye.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is survived by his brother, Brian McEvoy and his wife, Nicole of Wallingford and their children, Ryan, Megan, Kiersten and Brendan; and his sister, Kerri McEvoy Monsen and her husband, Rob of Bethel and their children, Ian and Caileine.

A memorial service to celebrate William’s life will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church in Westport with the Rev. John Morehouse officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Meadville Lombard Theological School,
or to the American Heart Association, would be appreciated.

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In Loving Memory of Jeremy Taylor (1943 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor died on January 3, 2018 at the age of 75, just two days after his beloved wife Kathryn.

Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor’s pioneering community ministry of dreamwork broke new ground and changed the landscape for community ministers who followed him forever. He was a fierce, lifelong supporter of community ministry, and believed that community ministry has a crucial and unique role to play in sustaining and preaching the transformative, unifying and healing vision of our Unitarian Universalist faith. He was deeply committed to the value of clergy and lay leaders working in concert to manifest “the priesthood and the prophethood of all believers.” as called for by James Luther Adams. When Jeremy sought an appointment with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee in the early 1970s, he was denied because at that time community ministry had not yet been recognized as a path of ministry. It was not then possible to receive an appointment with the MFC without stating an intention to serve a parish ministry. The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, in recognition of Jeremy’s extraordinary gifts and unshakable commitment to his call to serve a community ministry of dreamwork, ordained him.

His ministry of dream work was conducted around the world, both online and in person with much of his ongoing work happening in Europe and Asia. As a founder and past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and The Marin Institute for Projective Dreamwork, Rev.Taylor created lasting institutional legacies for dreamwork as a powerful spiritual practice. He also influenced a generation of students at Starr King School for the Ministry where he served as adjunct professor for many years. He was the author of four books on dreamwork which have remained in continuous publication and was a featured speaker at several General Assemblies.

The Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries is establishing a memorial fund to further the work of community ministry through special Board projects and initiatives. We welcome contributions in Rev.Taylor’s name at

There could be no greater tribute to Rev.Taylor’s life than for you to bring to life through your ministry, these words by Goethe, which Rev.Taylor often quoted:
“Whatever you can dream, begin it. Boldness has power and magic in it.”

The following are links to further tributes to Rev. Taylor’s life.

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In Loving Memory of A. Phillip B. Hewett (1925-2018)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Austin Phillip Barton Hewett died on February 24, 2018 at the age of 93.

Phillip was born on February 10, 1925 in Dorchester, England to Henry and Norah Hewett. He earned two degrees from Oxford University: a Bachelor of Arts in 1949 and a Master of Arts in 1951. In that year he married his wife Hilda Margaret Smith, mother their children Barton and Daphne. Phillip earned a Master of Sacred Theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1953, and then in 1969 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology from Starr King School for the Ministry.

Rev. Dr. Hewett became a minister with Great Britain’s General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches in 1952. He served for a year as Assistant Minister to the Unitarian Church of Montreal, Canada, and then in 1954 he was called to the Unitarian Congregation in Ipswich, England. Rev. Dr. Hewett entered Fellowship with the American Unitarian Association in 1956, the same year he was called to the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, Canada. Rev. Dr. Hewett served the church for 35 years, during which time he revitalized the children’s religious education program and helped start three new congregations in the Vancouver area. Upon his retirement in 1991, the Unitarian Church of Vancouver elected Rev. Dr. Hewett their Minister Emeritus. Post-retirement, he served for a year as minister to the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, Canada.

Rev. Dr. Hewett carried out a vast array of service to the denomination. He was President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Unitarian Ministers’ Association, and he was later President of the UU Ministers of Canada (UUMOC). Phillip served three terms on the board of the Canadian Unitarian Council, and was Chair of the CUC’s Ministerial and Chaplaincy Committee. He also chaired the UUA’s Program Committee and the board of Meadville Lombard Theological School. And Rev. Dr. Hewett was Vice President of the UU Historical Society and President of both the British and Canadian Unitarian Historical Societies.

During his ministry in Vancouver, Rev. Dr. Hewett was noted for challenging the inclusion of the Lord’s Prayer in public schools, advocating for reproductive rights, founding the BC Memorial Society to provide an alternative to the funeral industry, sheltering Vietnam War draft resisters, helping establish the BC Civil Liberties Association, and promoting LGBT rights. Philip was also the longest-standing “Elder” in the David Suzuki Council of Elders. Phillip was very active in the International Association for Religious Freedom, and in 1983 he and his wife Margaret were jointly presented the annual award for distinguished service from the IARF’s American chapter. In 1992 Rev. Dr. Hewett was presented the Distinguished Service Award of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Phillip enjoyed hiking (a long-time member of the Golden Age Hiking Club), cross-country skiing, camping, gardening, and writing: He wrote and delivered some 1,200 sermons; myriad lectures and essays; and the books An Unfettered Faith: The Religion of a Unitarian (1956), On Being a Unitarian (1968), Unitarians in Canada (1978), The Unitarian Way (1985), and Racovia: An Early Liberal Religious Community (2004).

After Phillip’s passing, his friend Rev. Charles Eddis wrote of him:

"His skills and talents have almost overawed me. His mastery of our history has been definitive. The way he has shared his experience has enriched my life. The story of his own life has been an experience itself. The way he strode up a high hill at a UUMOC national meeting in BC as though it was level ground with me struggling to keep up… was a challenge I will never forget. Phillip kept climbing to the end. All honour to him."

And Phillip’s children shared these messages that their parents felt were important to pass on to them:

Our mother Margaret Hewett always lived by and encouraged, “I do not require of you to form great and serious considerations in your thinking. I require of you only to look.” (Saint Theresa, to the novices under her guidance)

Our father Phillip Hewett felt it was important that we become part of the greater community. He taught us, “It is an unusual person who will find the optimism of the will alone. We find it together. We are parts of one interconnected whole, and if we suffer with that whole, we also gain strength from it. We are not isolated individuals. We are members one of another, and we are rooted in a deeper reality that sustains us all. We tap into energies we never knew we had, energies that can serve us well in the struggle to which we are called on behalf of everything we cherish. Knowing ourselves to be part of something far greater, which did not come into being with our birth and will not end with our death, we find what we need to steel the will in commitment and action.” (Phillip Hewett)

He is survived by his children Barton Hewett and Daphne Sweeney(Hewett), Daphne’s husband Ed Sweeney, and their children Liam, Isabelle, Natalie, and Emily Sweeney. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret in 2006.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Church of Vancouver (address below); to the Unitarian Universalist Association, Attn. Gift Processing, 24 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA 02110; and the David Suzuki Foundation,

A memorial service will take place at 1:30pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 West 49th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2T1, Canada.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Barton Hewett at, and to Daphne Sweeney at or 269 Queen’s Road East, North Vancouver, BC V7N 4N7, Canada. If you would like your message to be considered for use in Phillip’s memorial service, please forward it to Rev. Steven Epperson at

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In Loving Memory of Elizabeth A. Foster (1943-2018)

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 12, 2018

The Rev. Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Foster died on March 3, 2018 at the age of 74.

Betty was born on March 25, 1943 in Tarrytown, NY to James G. and Elizabeth M. (Heeney) Calyer. In 1965 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northeastern University. There Betty met her husband Robert W. Foster and they had three children together: John, Heather, and Robert. Betty then earned a Master of Arts in Far East Studies from the University of Michigan in 1967 and she worked for many years as a teacher and a childbirth educator. After discerning her call to ministry, Betty earned her Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1987.

Rev. Foster was ordained on June 14, 1987 by the First Religious Society in Carlisle, MA. She was pursuing a doctorate in pastoral psychology from Andover Newton Theological School when she suffered a severe stroke. Despite strenuous efforts at physical and speech therapy, she was not to walk again, and she regained only a little of her ability to speak. But Betty’s intellect and passion remained, and in 1998 she began serving as Ministerial Associate at the UU Congregation in Milford, NH. Rev. Foster contributed to worship services and other celebrations, and she wrote many reflections and meditations. When Rev. Foster moved to Maine in 2013 after the death of her husband, UUCM honored her as their Ministerial Associate Emerita.

In their tribute to Betty’s life, her family wrote:

Betty will be remembered as an inspirational, supportive, caring, and fun-loving individual; someone who taught you to slow down and enjoy life. She loved to throw a dinner party, spoil her grandkids and cheer on the Patriots and Red Sox. She would feed you even if you weren't hungry . . . Inspired by Dr. Who, she tested the limits of space and time by filling her refrigerator with more than it could ever possibly hold.

And Rev. Karen Foley offered this fond remembrance of Betty:

Betty and I were at Harvard Divinity School together and spent many lunch hours in conversation about what we were learning, about being students in our forties, the impacts on our families, and our hopes for our ministries. I recall her telling me how the spiritual impact of her work in childbirth coaching led her into ministry. She later refused to be incapacitated by her stroke and purposefully went forward doing and being all she could do and be. She kept growing, kept learning, kept offering ministry all about her, whether in a church setting or her daily life. She told me, about how she kept going forward and expanding her life, "It's all spiritual." It was and is. I'm blessed to have known Betty.

Betty is survived by her children John Foster (Linda Jones), Heather Owens (Eddie), and Robert Foster; her grandchildren Padraic, Aidan, and Emma Owens; her sisters Jeanne Mancinelli and Virginia Calyer; and her many nieces, nephews, and countless friends. She was predeceased by her husband Robert W. Foster and her brother James G. Calyer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gorham House Activity Fund, 50 New Portland Rd, Gorham, ME 04038.

A memorial service was held on March 19, 2018 at the Gorham House, 50 New Portland Rd, Gorham, ME 04038. Later in the spring, a celebration of Betty’s life will also be held at UUCM, 20 Elm St, Milford, NH 03055.

Notes of condolence may be shared online at:

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In Loving Memory of Alan G. Deale (1927 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Alan Glengyle Deale, died on January 29, 2018 at the age of 90.


 Alan was born on August 7, 1927 in Hanover, NH to the Rev. Jessie Deale and the Rev. D. G. Deale. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1947 as a Pharmacist’s Mate, and in the Air Force in 1950 as an Administrative Officer. Alan graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1950 with a BA in English, then earned a Bachelor- and a Master of Sacred Theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1953 and 1954 (respectively). He then spent a year at Oxford, where he met the mother of his children Cynthia, Pat, and Daniel: the late Dr. Shirley Patterson. Rev. Dr. Deale was later awarded a Doctor of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1979.

Rev. Dr. Deale was ordained by the First Parish Unitarian of Hubbardston, MA on May 29, 1953, where American Unitarian Association President Frederick May Eliot offered the ordination sermon; his parents, both ministers themselves, also participated in the service. He served the Hubbardston church until 1954, then in 1955 he was called to the UU Society of Fairhaven, MA. Rev. Dr. Deale was then called to The UU Church in Rockford, IL, where he served until 1970. In that year he was called to the First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR. While ministering in Portland, Rev. Dr. Deale led the church in purchasing more of the surrounding property, enabling it to remain significant in the life of the city. Alan was also a great supporter of the parish internship program; he was proud that sixteen ministers started their careers as his intern. He served the Portland church for 21 loving years, until his retirement in 1991, at which time the congregation elected Rev. Dr. Deale their Minister Emeritus.   

In addition to his parish ministry, Rev. Dr. Deale served many denominational boards and committees. Alan was President of the Channing Conference of Unitarian Churches (now part of the UUA’s New England Region); and while in Illinois he served on the board of the Western Unitarian Conference and then the Midwestern UU Conference (now part of the MidAmerica Region). He also served on the board of Beacon Press and was the founding Editor of The Journal of the Liberal Ministry. Rev. Dr. Deale was Editor of the UU Ministers’ Association newsletter, Chair of the UUMA’s Nominating Committee, and President of the UUMA’s Pacific Northwest Chapter. And Alan served on the UUA’s Ministerial Fellowship Committee, including as Chair.  

During the Civil Rights Era, Alan and two others formed the War on Poverty Committee for Winnebago County—the second-largest county in Illinois. He served as its Chair and managed to fund significant civic projects in Rockford. Rev. Dr. Deale was at the 1963 March on Washington, and stood close enough to the front platform that he could hear “I Have a Dream” directly. He also joined the 1965 Selma Marches. Alan was also a passionate advocate for the right to die with dignity; he was instrumental in the Oregon Right to Die Society, which was ultimately successful in reforming the state’s laws. When he was predeceased by his second and third wives, the Rev. Marguerite Hessler-Deale and Dr. Leola Lorenzen (mother of Lara), Alan helped enable each of them fulfil their wishes to die at home.  

In his spare time, Alan held many interests including planes, boats, and cars, as well as travel, art, and the theology of many faith traditions. Though an only child, he found himself at the center of a large family, and was well-loved by six children, their partners, and nine grandchildren. He loved to take the children out in his boats for rides and waterskiing, and he followed all their educations with keen interest—often sending them books from his vast collection.  

His widow Kathleen Hunter, mother of Deirdre and Charles, remembers:

[Alan] jokingly said of himself, “I was important in my time.” He had heard this phrase used at an installation of a minister when a list of previous ministers was intoned. The congregation had many worthies and also those unknown. Of these the reader said, “and he was important in his time.”  

Alan is survived by his wife Kathleen Hunter; his children Dr. Cynthia Deale, Alan “Pat” Patterson Deale, and Daniel Deale; his stepchildren Lara Payne, Deirdre McKay, and Charles Corlett; and his nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by his former wife Dr. Shirley Patterson Deale, the late Rev. Marguerite Hessler-Deale, and the late Dr. Leola Lorenzen.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St, Rockford, IL 61107, USA.   A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford, IL.   Notes of condolence may be sent to Kathleen Hunter at 55 Crystal Ave PMB 248, Derry, NH 03038, USA.

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In Loving Memory of Robert H. MacPherson

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 21, 2018


The Rev. Dr. Robert “Bob” Harold MacPherson died on January 20, 2018 at the age of 92.


Bob was born on February 9, 1925 in Boston, MA to Harold S. MacPherson and Doris Hicks MacPherson. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Massachusetts’s Tufts University in 1947, then earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Tufts’s Crane Theological Seminary in 1948. Bob then married his beloved wife Ann Marie Haggerty MacPherson in 1949. And in 1965 and 1968 (respectively) he earned a Master’s degree and then a PhD from New York’s Syracuse University, where he specialized in speech pathology.


Rev. Dr. MacPherson was ordained on June 27, 1948 by Massachusetts’s West Somerville Universalist Church; in that same period, he entered fellowship as a Unitarian minister. Rev. Dr. MacPherson was first called to serve the First Universalist Church of Auburn, ME from 1954 to 1962. He was then called to the First Universalist Church of North Attleboro, MA for two years; then in 1963 he was called to the First Universalist Society of Central Square, NY, where he served until 1966. Rev. Dr. MacPherson then had a long career as a medical professional, though he always remained in Associate Fellowship with the UUA. He was Chief of Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at the VA Medical Center in Center-Asheville, NC from 1970 until his retirement in 1993.


While working in medicine, Rev. Dr. MacPherson would occasionally preach and conduct special services at UU churches, including at Clemson, SC; Oak Ridge, TN; St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, and Tampa, FL; and Greensboro, Hendersonville, and Asheville, NC. At Asheville Bob was also active for a time on the church’s Social Responsibility Committee. He also served on the Continental Advisory Committee for the UUA’s Church of the Larger Fellowship. And Bob would regularly attend events of the UUA’s Thomas Jefferson District (now part of the Southern Region), as well as the Southeast UU Summer and Winter Institutes.


In his spare time, Bob was a member of Western Carolinians for Criminal Justice, Planned Parenthood, and Pisgah Legal Services. He was active in the Asheville Community Theater, including as an actor and a singer—noted for his ease in projecting his voice to the very back of the room. He was also heavily involved with Asheville Chamber Music, which would often perform at the UU Congregation of Asheville. Bob also enjoyed gardening, fishing, singing, toy-mending, and travelling the world with his wife Ann: The pair visited such places as Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Russia, Germany, Austria, and the Galapagos Islands. And Bob treasured time spent with his family.


He is survived by his son Ralph MacPherson, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his brother David MacPherson. He was predeceased by his wife Ann Marie Haggerty MacPherson and his son Robert Owen MacPherson.


A memorial service was held on January 29, 2018 at the UU Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl, Asheville, NC 28801. Notes of condolence may be sent to Ralph MacPherson at 99 Garren Creek Rd, Fairview, NC 28730.

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In Loving Memory of Sarah Barber-Braun (1925 - 2017)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Rev. Sarah Barber-Braun died on December 17, 2017 at the age of 92.


Sarah was born on October 23, 1925 to Dallas Dayton Lore McGrew and Elizabeth Barber McGrew. Born in Tokyo, Japan while her architect father worked there, Sarah grew up in Maryland. She earned her BA in Political Theory and Government from Massachusetts’s Radcliffe College in 1947, then worked for a time as a primary and pre-school teacher. After moving to Missoula, MT and adopting her three children—Paula, Julia, and Daniel—Sarah worked for sixteen years as a self-employed jeweler. A lifelong learner, Sarah also participated in graduate coursework in Education, Art, Political Theory, Women’s Studies, and American Studies. After discovering Unitarian Universalism and heeding a call toward ministry, Sarah earned her Master of Divinity from California’s Starr King School for the Ministry in 1984.  

Rev. Barber-Braun was ordained on February 17, 1985 by the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, CA. She first served as an extension minister at the UU Congregation of Erie, PA from 1986 to 1989. Rev. Barber-Braun then served for a year as interim minister at Des Moines, WA’s Saltwater UU Church, before ministering to the First Universalist Society in New Haven, CT 1994 to 1996. Sarah then carried out another interim ministry at the Mattatuck UU Society in Woodbury, CT until 1997. In that year she began serving the First Universalist Church of Southold, NY, ministering there until her retirement in 2002.  

Rev. Barber-Braun dedicated much service to her denomination, including serving on the board of the UUA’s Pacific Central District (now part of the Pacific Western Region) from 1979 to 1983. Sarah was also an active member of the UU Ministers’ Association, and she served as President of the Ohio-Meadville Chapter in 1989. Rev. Barber-Braun was also a founding member of the UU Women’s Heritage Society and served as Chair of its Continental Council. Sarah further served as Chair of UU Collegium’s Feminisms Section. And she was a regular presenter on women’s history at UU General Assembly.  

Sarah was a passionate participant in the politics of her community, and she advocated for women’s reproductive rights through her work with Planned Parenthood and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. She also enjoyed gardening, and always held a deep love for dance—especially contra dancing. Finally, Sarah devoted decades of independent scholarship to the life and work of nineteenth-century Universalist minister Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, even gaining access to papers held by Hanaford’s great-great-granddaughters. Sarah wrote numerous essays, articles, and reflective pieces on her beloved subject, and was a primary contributor to Hanford’s first full-length biography: A Mighty Social Force by Loretta Cody (2009).  

In her essay “Looking for Julia, Finding Phebe” (Critical Mass, Spring 1989), Rev. Barber-Braun offered these words to conclude the piece—words that seem a fitting tribute to Sarah’s own vital work:   We are all connected, women in the ordained ministry and lay women who fought for civil rights and women who struggled, unrecorded, in their homes. But so many of their stories have been forgotten by their children, never told to their grandchildren. It is up to us to look for them, to discover their stories, and to recover our own history.  

Sarah is survived by her children Paula Braun, Julia Roth, and Daniel Braun; her grandchildren Tegan Spangrude, Carl Spangrude, David Braun, and Andrea Braun; and her brother John McGrew (Wendy). She was predeceased by her son Benjamin Braun.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Church – Unitarian, 733 Portland Ave, St Paul, MN 55104. 

A celebration of life was held on August 12, 2017 with Rev. Barber-Braun in attendance.    Notes of condolence may be sent to Julia Roth at 1963 Split Mountain, Canyon Lake, TX 78133.

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