Congratulations to our Alumni/ae!
Tim (TK) Barger, MDiv '09, will be ordained on Sunday, December 8th at First Unitarian Church of Toledo.
Amy Beltaine, MDiv '10, was ordained by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem Oregon. She was also named the community minister at Atkinson Memorial Church of Oregon City.
Charlotte Lehmann, MDiv '12, will begin an internship at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Binghamton. She will be serving under Rev. Douglas Taylor, a graduate of Meadville Lombard.
Randolph Becker, DMin '72, published two books this year:
1. "RECLAIMING THE SOUL OF YOUR FAITH: Finding the Vital Elements of Your Own Beliefs:""Reclaiming the Soul of Your Faith" is a provocative invitation for people, especially that growing segment of the population who say they are "spiritual, not religious," to examine what a faith looks like beyond the usual confines of organized religion.
2. THE VENICE STORIES:" These mesmerizing short stories offer a dozen glimpses into the experience of Venice, its people and its surprises, written during the author's sabbatical stay in Cannaregio.
Tera Little, MDiv '10, is the minister at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, CA. With the help of over 135 volunteers, Throop opened the Throop Learning Garden in 2012. Read more about this project online here.
David Etherington, MDiv '13, joined the UUSC as the Executive Advisor for Institutional Advancement.
A report from Linda Berez about General Assembly:
What an exciting year to be at General Assembly! I've attended so many great GA's that I've lost count. I'm always proud to represent the Meadville Lombard alumni/ae.
Kicking off GA on Thursday morning with 95 of our colleagues was the Alumni/ae Annual Meeting and breakfast.
Running unopposed, the four officers were re-elected: Allison Farnum as Secretary, Matthew Johnson Doyle as Treasurer, Bret Lortie as Vice President, and myself as Association President. On behalf of the officers, thank you for the opportunity to continue serving you.
We recognized Neil Gerdes for his 40 years of service to the school. Neil has announced his retirement for December 2013. Although he's promised that he'll attend future GA's, he will be a missed faculty member. Laurel Hallman and Ginger Luke were both honored with awards recognizing their exemplary service to the school. Other notable moments from the breakfast include the 25 and 50 year recognition. You can read the 50 year remarks here.
I also volunteered to check in folks to the Faculty Meet and Greet on Friday night at the Muhammad Ali Center. What a party! Lee Barker and Nicole Kirk gave some 185 attendees very inspiring messages about the present and future of our school
Throughout GA, I found myself talking more and more about Meadville Lombard - we are very much in the forefront of UUism and there's lots of positive buzz. With an established MDiv program and opportunities for growth, our beloved school is leading the way. Our alumni/ae and current students represent the future of the movement and I'm so proud to be a part of it all. Try to arrange a Chicago visit, soon!
Alumni/ae Association President
P.S. What's happening in your life? I know some of you are about to start new ministries, some are moving to new settlements, some are retiring. Please send updates to email@example.com to have your news posted on the new Alumni/ae page: www.Meadville.edu/AlumniNews.
Alumni/ae Passed in 2012/13
NANCY C. ROEMHELD, MDiv '86 (1932-2013)
CHARLOTTE JUSTICE SALESKA, MDiv '88 (1935-2012)
GASTON CARRIER, BD '47, DD '73 (1920-2012)