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Rev. Gordon B. McKeeman

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Minister Emeritus

Phone: (330) ***-****  HQ Phone
Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron
3300 Morewood Road
Akron, Ohio 44333
United States

Company Description: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron is committed to spiritual growth and learning across the lifespan. Rather than teaching one set of beliefs or focusing on...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Lynn English High School
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Our Staff - Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 20 June 2013 [cached]
Gordon B. McKeeman Minister Emeritus
Gordon B. Mckeeman | Universalists, 23 Jan 2010 [cached]
Gordon B. Mckeeman
Gordon B. Mckeeman (1920-)
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A former president of the Starr King School, McKeeman also ran for the presidency of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
As a child, young Gordon went to local public schools, and graduated from Lynn English High School. In Junior High School, McKeeman began to attend the First Universalist Church in Lynn, where all his friends were going, and he fell under the influence of Alice Harrison, the Director of Religious Education.
McKeeman became the first person in his family to attend college, and finished under some financial duress with a B.S. in education from Salem State Teachers College (Massachusetts) in 1942. During his college years, McKeeman began to date Phyllis Bradstreet.
After that McKeeman moved on first to Stoughton (1950-1955) and then to Palmer (1955-1961), Massachusetts. Phyllis became especially active with the Girl Scouts in Stoughton, and Gordon became a community leader in Palmer, where the church constructed a new fellowship hall during his ministry.
In 1961 McKeeman was called to a large, dynamic congregation in Akron, Ohio, where he remained until 1983. During this time he began to be more active in the denomination. He began two terms on the UUA Board of Trustees in 1969, and was its vice moderator from 1975-1977. He also began a ten-year period of service on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) in 1969, including being its president from 1973-1977. In 1976 McKeeman decided to run for the presidency of the UUA, and became part of the "Jack (Mendelsohn), Paul (Carnes) and Bucky Show.
McKeeman lost in a close election to Eugene Pickett. McKeeman also served as a ministerial settlement representative in the Ohio Meadville District of the UUA from 1970-1983. During a preaching engagement on the West Coast, several people approached McKeeman about serving as president of the Starr King School, after he had agreed to serve on an presidential advisory group the previous year. Eventually the search committee chose McKeeman, and he spent five years (1983-1988) as the president, helping to put the school on a more sound financial base. After that he retired, and he presently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In his religious odyssey, McKeeman wrote, "I believe in institutions. I even believe in the conservative mission of institutions. I believe institutions, if they are to fulfill their purpose, must be conservative. But to be viably conservative, they have to change. McKeeman said that he always hoped some other job than minister might leap off the want ad pages in the Sunday newspaper, but he never found anything else he was qualified for.
The Power Of Positive Feelings, 16 Aug 2009 [cached]
Gordon McKeeman, former president of Starr King School of Ministry, told me that most problems in this world are caused by solutions to previous problems.
Our second reading is a Thanksgiving ..., 8 Feb 2009 [cached]
Our second reading is a Thanksgiving Prayer by retired Unitarian Universalist minister, Gordon McKeeman:
Rev. Gordon McKeeman retired ..., 29 Oct 2010 [cached]
Rev. Gordon McKeeman retired minister living in Rochester, MN
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