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Unitarian Universalist Religious Education History Group

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ABOUT US

The Unitarian Universalist Religious Education History Group meets several times a year, usually at the Eliot House in Boston or other location in the vicinity of the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters. The dates of the meetings will be noted on the Events Page.


CONTACT US

The members of the core group can be reached as follows:

Dr. James Buckley
69 Ocean Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-436-2128
historybuckley@yahoo.com 
Rev. Helen Zidowecki, Web Manager
32 Stevenstown Road
Litchfield, ME 04350
207-582-5308
uurehistory@uurehistory.org

Judith Frediani, UUA, Lifespan Faith Development, jfrediani@uua.org
Rev. Patricia Hoertdoerfer, New Hampton, NH 03256phoertdoerfer@metrocast.net
Rev.  Betty Jo Middleton, ( Editorial Board), Alexandria, VA 22301-2452, BJMMRE@aol.com
Dr. Eugene Navias, (Co-Founder), ebnavias@aol.com
Rev. Faith Grover Scott, Little Falls, NY, godisluv@ntcnet.com
Rev.  Elizabeth Stevens, Duxbury, MA revebs@aol.com
Dr. Elizabeth Strong, (Secretary), Dorchester, MA, estrong110@comcast.net
UUA Staff Associate: Adrianne Ross., UUA, aross@uua.org


BIOGRAPHIES

FOUNDING PRESIDENT
Rev. Frank Edson Robertson

The Rev. Frank Edson Robertson was a founding member of the UU RE History Group and its chair for a number of years. He was a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister of Religious Education living in Plymouth, and a member of First Parish of Plymouth. He was graduated from the Theological School of St. Lawrence University with an MDiv and Certification in Religious Education in 1962 and ordained by the Grace Universalist Church of Lowell, MA that June. He has served churches in Barneveld, N.Y.; Manhasset, N.Y.; Paramus, N.J.; Washington, D.C.; Santa Barbara, CA; and Evanston, IL and is MRE Emeritus of the Unitarian Church of Evanston.

Among his writings related to the study of the history of religious education are an article on the Fahs/MacLean Era based on a lecture presented at the 50th Anniversary of LREDA, an article on the various proposals for establishing a center for the study of religious education by Sophia Fahs in the Journal of Liberal Religious Education, an article entitled “Boy-Friendly RE is Nothing New!” published in the 2003 issue of MaleCall, a story about the Warren Street Chapel entitled “Charles and the Children’s Chapel” published on the web site of the UUA’s Lifespan Faith Development Staff Group, and a chronology of people, works, and events related to the study of the history of Unitarian and Universalist religious education for the use of members of the UU RE History Group.

Frank’s enthusiasm for finding parts of history that had become obscure and his commitment to connecting elements of history to create a flow that provides understanding of current religious education practices was contagious. We are greatly saddened by his death on February 6, 2008, after illness of several years.


CURRENT MEMBERS

James J. Buckley, President, Editorial Board

Over thirty of James J. Buckley’s 1,400 published history-oriented articles have highlighted the achievements and lives of Unitarians and Universalists. They include biographical sketches of James Luther Adams, members of the Alcott Family, Emily Balch, Adin Ballou, Clara Barton, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ebenezer Fisher, Clara Cook Helvie, Orloff Miller, Carl Olsen, the Osgood family, James Reeb, Adams Streeter, Thomas Whittemore, Noah Wiswall, and Frances Wayland Wood.

Buckley has been a guest soloist at a wide variety of UU congregations, including The Arlington Street Church and the First Church in Dorchester MA.

Having served as a Superintendent of Schools for 24 years, Buckley has been a college professor during the last ten years. He received his Doctorate from Harvard University in 1970.



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