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In Loving Memory of Raymond Michel (1920 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In Loving Memory of Matthew Tittle (1961 - 2018)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 27, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes of condolence may be shared online at

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

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Rev. Rudolph “Rudi” Czuczka Gelsey died on May 30, 2018 at the age of 92.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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