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Deceased

Background Information

Employment History

President
Starr King School for the Ministry

Affiliations

Board Member
Akron Rotary Club

Founder
Fair Housing Contact Service

Founder
Planned Parenthood Association of Akron OH.

Adjunct Faculty Member
University of Akron , OH.

Education



Lynn English High School



Salem State Teachers

Honorary Doctorate

Meadville Lombard Theological School

Masters Degree

Universalist School of Religion at Tufts University

Web References (103 Total References)


Remembering the Living Tradition - UU Ministers Association

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In Memory of . . . Gordon B. McKeeman (1920-2013)

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Gordon was born in Lynn, MA, on September 12th, 1920 to William Neil and Lena Mabel (Goodridge) McKeeman.
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Gordon went on to receive his Masters Degree in 1945 from the Universalist School of Religion at Tufts University. In 1969, he earned an Honorary Doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School.
Ordained to the Universalist ministry in 1945, Rev. McKeeman served All Souls Universalist Church of Worcester, MA from 1944 - 1950, First Parish Universalist Church of Stoughton, MA from 1950 - 1955, St. Paul’s Church of Palmer, MA from 1955 - 1961, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, OH from 1961 - 1983. In 1984, he was named Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, OH. In 1983, he accepted the invitation to serve as the President of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA, and he did so faithfully until 1988. His influence on the nature and shape of Unitarian Universalist ministry endures.
Rev. McKeeman engaged civic life with zeal. He held various offices on the Unity Community Council, served as a Board member for the Akron Rotary Club, founded the Fair Housing Contact Service, and founded the Planned Parenthood Association of Akron OH. He was also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Akron, OH.
Heavily invested in and committed to the denomination, Rev. McKeeman served as Vice President of the Massachusetts Universalist Convention, and President of the Massachusetts Universalist Ministers’ Association. Along with his wife, Phyllis, he served as Youth Leader at Ferry Beach. Additionally, he was the President of the Ohio-Meadville District, Vice President and President of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and Vice Moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Board of Trustees. Additionally, he ran for Presidency of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Rev. McKeeman received the Angus H. MacLean Award from the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1982, and was the Berry Street Conference Essayist in 1993. Together with his wife Phyllis, he was awarded the UUA Distinguished Service Award in 1993.
Rev. McKeeman placed tremendous value on lay ministry. The Ohio Meadville District’s Commissioned Lay Leader program is an outgrowth of his grounding in Universalism and his understanding regarding the importance of strong lay leadership and the need for leadership that emerges from within congregations.
His unceasing commitment to Universalism led to his being a charter member of The Humiliati (the humble ones). The group, formed in 1945, "stressed that human beings are impelled, not compelled, by the power of God to fulfill the good potential of their lives. The impulse toward wholeness in humanity is predisposed to good, though it can be weakened or distorted by chaos and conflict. Authentic worship keeps it alive and restores its integrity.� By the time The Humiliati disbanded in 1954, Rev. McKeeman was elected as their lifetime Abbot. During the last few years of his life, Rev. McKeeman wistfully reflected upon being the last living member of The Humilati.
Rev. McKeeman belonged to the ministerial study group, The Fraters of the Wayside Inn. The group was founded by Universalist ministers in 1903 and succeeding the 1961 merger of Universalism and Unitarianism, expanded to include individuals ordained in the Unitarian ministry as well as those ordained in the new denomination. Rev. McKeeman advocated for the election of women into the group; in 1989, The Fraters’ membership expanded to include women. The Fraters of Wayside Inn was very important to Rev. McKeeman, and into the last few years of his life he treasured mementos and keepsakes he gathered during his years with the group.
Rev. McKeeman’s passion for ministry impacted innumerable lives. In the beloved meditation manual Out of the Ordinary: Meditations, he wrote:
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Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Phyllis; sons, Bruce, Glenn, and Randall; four grandchildren; and sister, Gloria King.
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Gordon was preceded in death by his parents.


The Humiliati

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Charter members of the Humiliati were Gordon McKeeman, Albert Ziegler, Earle McKinney, Raymond Hopkins, David Cole, Frederick Harrison, Charles Vickery, and Albert Harkins.

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The Humiliati held their first convocation at Tufts in 1946 with McKeeman as Abbot.
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McKeeman was elected to two terms on the UUA Board of Trustees, served as president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and was president of the Starr King School for the Ministry.
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They stopped meeting, though McKeeman, by then elected "Abbott for Life," could presumably have convened them.
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Thesis, Meadville/Lombard Theological School (1978); Gordon McKeeman, "The Humiliati," an unpublished paper presented to the history section of Collegium (1987); and Mark Belletini, "Sacramentarianism among 20th-Century Unitarians and Universalists," Regaining Historical Consciousness: Proceedings of the Earl Morse Wilbur History Colloquium (1994) are important studies.
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The author consulted with Gordon McKeeman in the preparation of this article.


The Humiliati

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Charter members of the Humiliati were Gordon McKeeman, Albert Ziegler, Earle McKinney, Raymond Hopkins, David Cole, Frederick Harrison, Charles Vickery, and Albert Harkins.

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The Humiliati held their first convocation at Tufts in 1946 with McKeeman as Abbot.
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McKeeman was elected to two terms on the UUA Board of Trustees, served as president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and was president of the Starr King School for the Ministry.
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They stopped meeting, though McKeeman, by then elected "Abbott for Life," could presumably have convened them.
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Thesis, Meadville/Lombard Theological School (1978); Gordon McKeeman, "The Humiliati," an unpublished paper presented to the history section of Collegium (1987); and Mark Belletini, "Sacramentarianism among 20th-Century Unitarians and Universalists," Regaining Historical Consciousness: Proceedings of the Earl Morse Wilbur History Colloquium (1994) are important studies.
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The author consulted with Gordon McKeeman in the preparation of this article.


"Persistence depends on patience, keeping ...

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"Persistence depends on patience, keeping at it when there is little to reassure us," Unitarian Universalist minister Gordon McKeeman writes.

It would be too bad to give up, to sit back, bemoan the sorry state of the world and wonder why somebody, anybody, everybody (but not me, thank you) doesn't do something about "it."3
McKeeman suggests that, if we believe our efforts to change things for the better are inadequate or futile, it could be that don't have the right bucket for the job . . . or that we've made the wrong assumptions about how much water we need to put in it.
While no outcomes are guaranteed, it's pretty well understood that a successful relationship takes hard work. My first marriage may have ended in divorce, but my second one is proving to be the right bucket, as we are approaching 20 years together.
Beyond the realm of personal relationships, Rev. McKeeman observes there are many empty buckets that are inviting us to move away from I Me Mine and to a spirit of community. Racism, sexism, ableism, oppression, environmental degradation - these are just some of the buckets that depend not just on our effort, but on the participation of many.
"Remember how many there are who share your concern," he writes.
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Gordon B. McKeeman, "A Drop in the Bucket," Singing in the Night: Collected Meditations, Vol.


Gordon B. ...

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Gordon B. McKeeman Minister Emeritus

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