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Rev. Gordon B. McKeeman

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One Time President

Phone: (510) ***-****x***  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Berkeley , Canada
Starr King School for the Ministry
2441 Le Conte Avenue
Berkeley , California 949709
United States

Company Description: Starr King School for the Ministry is offering online courses for lay leaders and staff of congregations. Two courses are scheduled for the second half of the...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Lynn English High School
  • Salem State Teachers
  • Honorary Doctorate
    Meadville Lombard Theological School
  • Masters Degree
    Universalist School of Religion at Tufts University
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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Thesis, Meadville/Lombard Theological School (1978); Gordon McKeeman, "The Humiliati," an unpublished paper presented to the history section of Collegium (1987); and Mark Belletini, "Sacramentarianism among 20th-Century Unitarians and Universalists," Regaining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.
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.
BUUF News December 2013
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I am reminded by a poem about ministry by Rev. Gordon McKeeman , a former president of Starr King School....
First Unitarian Church » Uncategorized
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Gordon McKeeman, former president of Starr King School for the Ministry, Universalist preacher and a past candidate for the Unitarian Universalist Association presidency wrote in an essay titled, A Theology of Power in the Ministry that as a minister he seeks "to help people realize that the religious community's health and their own are intimately connected, and that their contributions to it of time, talent, health and self, are for their own welfare.
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