Biographic Notations for Presenters COLLEGIUM AND CONVOCATION PRESENTERS Following is biographic information for Collegium/Convocation presenters, edited from material received as of October 3, 2010, for the packet at Convo. JAY ABERNATHY No biographic information was received. *Paper: Note: Had a theology presentation, a "work in progress" discussion toward future publication. ELINOR ARTMAN has been an active participant and a witness to the last 50 years of revolutionary change initiated by UU women. She has served on the UU Women’s Federation Board (twice), the UU Women’s Heritage Society Board, the UU Ministers’ Association Executive Committee, the UUA Board Task Force on Congregational Responses to Clergy Sexual Misconduct, and is a member of MsUU, Coven of UU Pagan Society, and the Women & Religion movement. *Workshop: Making Visible the Work of UU Women Since 1960 MICHAEL BARNETT earned his Master of Divinity Magna Cum Laude at Moravian Theological Seminary and his Master of Education at Gwynedd-Mercy College, where he taught religious studies. For nine years, Michael has spoken and taught on the Transcendentalists in UU and liberal churches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and New Mexico. He teaches poetry writing, journaling, and the writings of the Transcendentalists at Montgomery County Community College. His poetry has been published in red lights (January 2010), The Griffin, Perspectives: A Literary Magazine, and Tarnhelm Literary Magazine. He is a teaching artist in writing with the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, working with at-risk youth and school students. He is a guest poet at the Santa Fe Children's Museum. *Paper: Margaret Fuller Shapes the Consciousness of America Through the New York Tribune *Performance: Poem for Margaret Fuller *Workshop: Spirit in Action: Margaret Fuller’s Legacy for Us (With Dorothy Emerson) JAMES J. BUCKLEY has written over 1,400 published articles about person, places and things associated with Eastern Massachusetts history. Another 700 articles have addressed issues in the fields of English, Government, and Education. Most recently, he has been writing articles for the Universalist Herald. Three of his one-act plays have been produced within the last three years. He has a doctorate from Harvard. *Paper: Joseph Smith Sr.: The Link Between Universalism and Mormonism JOHN BUEHERNS is Minister of First Parish in Needham and an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Divinity School. He was President of the UUA from 1993 to 2001. His most recent book, written with Rebecca Parker, is A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion. His next book, Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People's History will appear in 2011. He recently contributed a chapter on C. Bertrand Thompson, the first African American Unitarian minister, to a forthcoming book by Mark Morrison-Reed. *Plenary I: Our History & Our Heritage BARBARA COEYMAN served as convener of the steering committee of Partners in UU History and Heritage since its inception in 2009, and convener of the steering committee for this Convocation. Her historical research focuses on nineteenth-century Universalism, including Universalist women in ministry, and Universalist missionary work in Texas. She has served churches in CO, NY, MA; NH; and TX. She has also served as chaplain to St. David’s Hospital and Planned Parenthood, both in Austin. She received a Masters of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Seminary in 2001. Prior to ministry she was a tenured professor of music history at West Virginia University, where her appointment included adjunct faculty in the women’s studies program. Early music is her area of specialty and she continues to perform today as a player of the viola da gamba. *Paper: Olympia Brown – Religious Innovator or Feminist Reformer: Which Came First? *Workshop: Collecting and Holding Our Historic Materials *Plenary III: From Margins to Center *Sunday Worship Leader DOROTHY MAY EMERSON has devoted her career in parish and community ministry to inspiring people to put their UU faith into action for social justice, spiritual community, and sustainable living. Her work in bringing forth UU women's history has been oriented around the search for viable role models to empower people to take action for justice and healing. As coordinator of the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial, she hopes to continue the legacy of this important Unitarian foremother by encouraging people to think independently, express their thoughts clearly, defend their convictions with courage, learn through dialogue and the free exchange of opinions, and be open to change. *Workshop: Spirit in Action: Margaret Fuller’s Legacy for Us (With Michael Barrett) *Plenary I: Our History & Our Heritage GAIL FORSYTH-VAIL is the Director of Adult Programs in the Ministry and Faith Development Staff Group at the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is a Credentialed Religious Educator, Master’s Level, who served congregations for twenty-two years, most recently at the North Parish of North Andover, Massachusetts. She is the author of Stories in Faith: Exploring Our Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources through Wisdom Tales; co-author of Harvest the Power: Developing Lay Leadershi, and is the developmental editor for two new history programs for Unitarian Universalist adults published by the UUA. She was the 2007 recipient of the Angus MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education. *Workshop: Living Unitarian Universalist History Programs for UU Adults GORDON GIBSON has been a researcher on southern Universalist and Unitarian history for over 40 years. Gordon Gibson is currently the President of UUHS. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. *Performance: A Universalist-Baptise Debate Re-Created RICHARD (DICK) GILBERT has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for 49 years, retiring from full time parish ministry in 2005. Currently he is President of Interfaith Impact of New York State and part time Social Justice Coordinator of the St. Lawrence District. He also has taught at Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School, Starr King School for the Ministry and Meadville Lombard Theological School. Gilbert is author of the Building Your Own Theology series, The Prophetic Imperative: Social Gospel in Theory and Practice; How Much Do We Deserve? An Inquiry in Distributive Justice; and In the Holy Quiet of this Hour, a book of meditations, among other writings. He has served congregations in Cleveland, Ohio, Ithaca and Rochester, NY and Golden, CO. *Sunday Service: Sermon Award *Plenary III: From Margins to Center MELINDA W. GREEN is a currently preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry at Andover Newton Theological School. She has been a member of First Parish Church of Groton Unitarian Universalist in Groton, MA for ten years. She recently served as student minister at First Parish Church United in Westford, MA. *Performance: Drama: Open Door Sunday *Performance: Poem: First Parish Church of Groton Unitarian Universalist DEAN GRODZINS No biographic information was received. *Plenary II: 1810-1860-1910-1960-2010 AVERY (PETE) GUEST is a retired professor of sociology, University of Washington, with primary expertise in demographic/population studies, especially with a community focus. He has published a small number of papers on the sociology of religion. For many years, he has been greatly interested in the 19 th Century history of the Universalists, and would like eventually to write several papers that are related to the proposed research for the convocation. *Paper: In Search of a Loving God: Universalist Churches in New York: 1845-1865 MARK HARRIS is in his fifteenth year as minister of the First Parish of Watertown, MA, and has also served churches in Palmer and Milton, MA, and been Director of Information for the UUA. He is the author of the A to Z of Unitarian Universalism, and two forthcoming books: Elite: Uncovering Classism in UU History and co- author of An Introduction to the Unitarian and Universalist Traditions. He teaches UU history at Andover Newton Theological School. *Workshop: History and Dramatic Worship *Performance: The Life of Beatrix Potter *Plenary I: Our History & Our Heritage PAT HOERTDOERFER, a retired Minister of Religious Education, presented this workshop on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Religious Education History Group, which was founded more than 10 years ago to encourage study of religious education among Unitarian Universalist ministerial and religious education credentialing students, and to encourage the study of Unitarian, Universalist, and UU RE history and the publication of research. In November 2005, UUREHG held “Out of the Archives: A Hands-On Conference Exploring Unitarian Universalist Religious Education History” where educators and scholars did research and discussed paths to publication. UUREHG is a founding member of PUUHH and a proud sponsor of History Convocation 2010. *Workshop: UU Heritage Moments: A Congregation’s Teachable Moments that Identify and Define Us: A Participatory Workshop DORIS HUNTER received a B.A from Albion College, Michigan; a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Boston University; and a Ph.D. from Boston University Graduate School, Philosophy of Religion. Her professional experiences include Boston University School of Theology; Boston University College of Basic Studies; Bentley College, Waltham, MA. She has served churches in Rockport, MA, and the New England Area. She is a Lecturer in Religion and Philosophy at Tufts University and Northeastern University. She has served on various boards. She is active in the International Association for Religious Freedom, in its US Chapter, Chair of the Board of Trustees; member of the International Council of the IARF; participant in its Congresses presenting papers and participating on panel discussions. She has published writings on nonviolence. *Paper: Requiem for a Multi-Interfaith Organization: Past, Present and Future of the International Association for Religious Freedom RICHARD KELLAWAY has been active in the International Association for Religious Freedom since 1961, has amost of its congresses, has led several IARF tour groups, and held leadership roles. Richard has served congregations in MA, New York City, Sarasota, FL, RI. . He was with Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Human Economy Center in Amherst, MA. He served on the Commission on Appraisal, was Chair of the Pamphlet Commission, and was a founding member of the Social Concerns Grants Panel. He was a founding member of the Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community, and served for several years on the board of the UU United Nations Office. In 1980 he organized a series of forums in several cities across the continent for the Cambridge Forum. He has numerous publications. *Paper: The Relentless Radicals: The Free Religious Association and the Transformation of American Unitarianism . CATHERINE KELLER is Professor of Constructive Theology at Drew Theological School. For more than twenty years Keller has been at the forefront of feminist, ecological, and process theology. Her six books have connected a new generation of students to the tradition of process theology and demonstrate her spirit of collegiality and support for rising scholars. She is renowned as a hospitable, challenging, and passionately supportive mentor to her doctoral students, many of whom are now making their mark in theology. Popular among Unitarian Universalists, Professor Keller is also deeply committed to making her work accessible to faith communities in her own United Methodist tradition, and to bringing biblical, ancient, and medieval texts into conversation with postmodern science and politics. This year’s Collegium program features two extended presentations by Professor Keller, as well as a panel discussion among Unitarian Universalists who have found her work to be transformative and helpful. *Collegium’s Distinguished Guest for 2010. Gave Keynote and KELLY MURPHY MASON is a pastoral psychotherapist and community minister. She acts as director of the Pastoral Care & Counseling Programs at the Blanton-Peale Institute and also maintains a private practice in New York City. A committed Universalist, she has served on the boards of the Universalist National Memorial Church, the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, and the Murray Grove Association. Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy. She is a published authority on religion and psychology with a pronounced interest in the relation between individuals’ beliefs and their well-being. (Sponsored by Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center.) *Workshop: Fulfilling the Universalist Promise: The Evolution of a Professing Faith GLENNA MATTHEWS is an historian living in Southern California. Having been a tenured faculty member at Oklahoma State University, she returned to California some years ago, and she has been a visiting associate professor at Berkeley, Stanford, and UCLA, among other institutions. She has published five books and nearly 20 articles. Her current project, to be published by Cambridge University Press, is entitled The Golden State in the Civil War, and it features Thomas Starr King as a leading actor during the war years. *Plenary II: 1810-1860-1910-1960-2010 DAN MCKANAN is Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of three books on religious social activism in the United States, and is currently preparing a general history entitled Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the Left in United States History, to be published by Beacon Press in 2011 or 2012. *Paper: Universalism, Socialism, and Esoteric Religion: The Case of Rev. Charles Vail *Workshop: Teaching Unitarian Universalism to Seminarians: A Participatory Workshop *Plenary II: 1810-1860-1910-1960-2010 SARAH GIBB MILLSPAUGH is co-minister of the Winchester (MA) Unitarian Society where she has served with her husband John since 2008. A life-long UU with six generations of family involvement in Unitarianism or Universalism, Sarah has been part of congregations in the Midwest, West, and Northeast. From 1997-2001 she worked with the team that developed the Our Whole Lives sexuality education curriculum series, and served as the UUA Adult Programs Director from 2005-2008. She has authored and edited several UU curricula for youth and adults, including the UUA's Coming-of-Age Handbook for middle school programs, and the new Our Whole Lives for Young Adults (ages 18-35). *Paper: In Context: A Study of About Your Sexuality and Its Times PETER MORALES has served as the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association since June 2009. Prior to his election, Morales served as the senior minister at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, CO, one the UUA's largest and fastest growing congregations. From 2002 to 2004, Morales was the UUA Director for District Services. Morales has also served on the UUA Board of Trustees, as trustee from the Mountain Desert District, and on the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) Executive Committee, as the first person to carry its anti-racism, anti- oppression, multiculturalism portfolio. *Plenary II: 1810-1860-1910-1960-2010 DAVID PARKE No biographic information was received. *Plenary II: 1810-1860-1910-1960-2010 KATHLEEN PARKER is a scholar of Unitarian Universalist history and the author of Here We Have Gathered: The Story of Unitarian Universalism in Western Pennsylvania, 1808-2008, published by the Ohio Meadville District of the UUA. This study forms the basis for her photographic presentation at the UU History Convocation. Kathleen lives in Pittsburgh, where she teaches history part time and serves as editor of the Journal of Unitarian Universalist History. *Workshop: The Ins-and-Outs of Looking for History in Photographs (with Cynthia Tucker *Plenary I: Our History & Our Heritage SHERI PRUD’HOMME has served on the adjunct faculty of Starr King School for the Ministry for seven years. Currently, she is enrolled in the doctoral program of the Graduate Theological Union, exploring the confluence of Unitarian and Universalist theologies, histories, and environmental ethics. She is a minister, educator, and avid hiker in the hills and mountains of California. *Paper: God and Nature in Thomas Starr King’s “Lessons From the Serra Nevada” and “Living Waters From Lake Tahoe” WENDELL REFIOR is an Emerson scholar and re-enactor. For the past decade he has studied and taught the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Appearing in period costume, Mr. Refior has thrilled a wide array of audiences delivering Emerson’s most famous orations and sermons, including “Self- Trust, American Scholar” (Intellectual Independence) and “Fugitive Slave Law” (Ethical Rights). Mr. Refior began performing across southern New England following Emerson’s 2003 bicentennial. He has performed a one-man show for Seniors Clubs, Northeastern University Workshops, and Ladies Associations as well as delivered sermons for Unitarian Universalist Churches, bring Ralph Waldo Emerson “back to life.” Wendell was selected as a panelist for a 2001 Emerson society meeting. His is a Life Member of the international Emerson Society and served on its Board for 2007-2009. *Performance: Ralph Waldo Emerson MYRIAM RENAUD earned her M.Div. degree from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School in 2005. Her thesis explored ways that Unitarian Universalists could reclaim and reinterpret traditional religious language. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Theology at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. The working title for her Ph.D. dissertation is "God: Construction within the Bounds of the 1994 Parliament of the World's Religions." Myriam was the first recipient of the Divinity School's Langdon Gilkey scholarship. In 2009, she was awarded this scholarship again. Based on merit, the Divinity School also awarded her a full tuition scholarship and a living stipend to support her M.Div. and Ph.D. work. Her article, “On Unitarian Universalist Duties: Looking Forward with Cicero and Kant,” appeared in the . She is the sole contributor to the blog: *Paper: Anti-Ritualism and the Future of Liberal Religion JANE ROSECRANS is a Professor of English and Religion and Chair of the Education Department at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA. She is working on her M.A. in Theological Studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary, where her master's thesis will focus on Unitarian Universalism and the tension between secularism and religious practice. This year she contributed to the new Critical Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson and she is co-authoring a chapter on peace and pedagogy for an upcoming book on teaching peace in the community college, published by the U.S. Institute for Peace. She is currently working on an article for publication titled "Martin Luther King and the Politics of Plagiarism" and she will participate in a roundtable on Women's Literacy, Activism, and Faith Practices," focusing on Transcendentalist women, at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in early 2011. *Paper: Unitarian Universalism and the Secular Church ROSEMARIE SMURZYNSKI is a Unitarian Universalist Minister who has served in settled and interim ministries for the past thirty years. Before that she was a Director of Religious Education for six years. She trained for the ministry at Harvard Divinity School and for teaching at City College of New York. She has developed religious education curricula for children, youth and adults in our Unitarian Universalist organizations, including congregations. The curriculum that inspired this workshop grew out of an online class she created for the Church of the Larger Fellowship, Meet the Universalists. *Workshop: Creating Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Curricula for Our Congregations Using the Internet as a Resource FAYRE STEPHENSON served the congregation in Foxboro, MA. She has been on the staff of Ferry Beach Park Association, where she has been involved with the History Week. She is a re- enactor of Rev. Eleanor Forbes, minister in western Maine. *Performance: Rev. Eleanor Forbes ELIZABETH STRONG has been a Minister of Religious Education for 27 years, serving congregations in Rochester and Syracuse, NY, and Ashby, MA, and as the Religious Education Program Consultant for the Mass Bay District of the UUA. She has served on the Board of Meadville Lombard Theological School, the St. Lawrence Theological Foundation, and Camp Unirondack, as well as President of LREDA (the Liberal Religious Educator’s Association) and chapter President of the St. Lawrence District Chapter of the Ministers Association. She earned her D. Min. from Meadville Lombard in 2000, researching a history of Universalist religious education. She is a member of the UU RE History Group and on the Foundation Board of the Universalist Heritage Center in Winchester, New Hampshire. *Plenary III: From Margins to the Middle ANDREW TRIPP is a doctoral student in practical theology at Boston University. Andrew is a candidate for ministry with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. His research interests are in ethical ecclesiology and the intersection of narrative and theology. He has presented at both UU specific and general academic conferences, and authored a chapter in Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels (Continuum Press, October 2010). *Paper: Urban Poverty and the Church CYNTHIA GRANT TUCKER, Professor of English at the University of Memphis and a member of CLF, has been a UU historian for more than 30 years. Her books include A Woman’s Ministry (reissued as Healer in Harm’s Way: A Clergywoman in Christian Science); Prophetic Sisterhood; and most recently, No Silent Witness: The Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Unitarian World (Oxford, 2010). She received the UUWF’s 2010 Ministry to Women Award for the impact her work has had within and beyond our tradition. *Workshop: The Ins-and-Outs of Looking for History in Photographs (With Kathleen Parker) *Plenary II: 1810-1860-1910-1960-2010 ARLISS UNGAR is a lay UU historian and former chair of the board of Starr King School. Her book, With Vision and Courage: The History of Starr King School for the Ministry, the History of its First Hundred Years (1904 – 2004) was published in 2006. *Paper: Rev. Dr. Josiah Bartlett, 1913-1997: The Best Seat in the House From Which to View the Theater of Life HELEN ZIDOWECKI has been involved with Small Group Ministry on the congregational, district and continental level for over ten years. She was the compiler of Ten Years of Small Group Ministry and other publications from the UU Small Group Ministry Network, of which she is currently President. She has developed Small Group Ministry/Covenant Group sessions for UU Women’s Heritage Society as a way of engaging historical issues in congregations today. She is a Minister of Religious Education, and was Director of RE in Augusta, ME, and Program Consultant for RE and Youth in the New England District. *Workshop: Capturing An Historic Trend: Decade of Small Group Ministry/Covenant Groups *Plenary III: From the Margins to the Middle
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