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The Deacons of All Souls

The Deacons are an elected group of long-standing members — senior not so much in the sense of age, but by dint of their participation in the affairs of All Souls.

The by-laws of All Souls Church state that the Deacons assist the Minister at the Communion Service and perform such other functions as may be assigned to them by the Society or the Board of Trustees. In practice, since the by-laws were adopted on February 14, 1820 (last amended in 2006), the functions and responsibilities of the Board of Deacons have been greatly expanded. The Deacons serve as the collective memory of the church. To be elected a Deacon, a nominee must have given extensive service to the congregation, such as an officer and/or member of the Board of Trustees, an officer or member of one of the major committees, or rendered distinguished service in a number of volunteer capacities.

Although the Deacons are nominated and elected each year at the Annual Meeting with one or more new members added to the roster, Deacons continue to serve year after year. Because of their many years of association with All Souls, the Deacons are able to apply their valuable experience to current problems and help the Board of Trustees and the ministers evaluate matters from a perspective that includes the past. In that way, active and involved Deacons can provide a measure of historical perspective, stability and continuity. Deacons seek to uphold tradition but are careful not to impede the changes a vital institution must make.

Communion Service

The Communion Service at All Souls, held four times a year, is based on early Unitarian traditions and is quite different from communion at other churches. The service recalls and celebrates the life of Jesus of Nazareth, and of “all women and men who have striven to be followers of his way of life.” The simple sharing of bread and wine by the community does not refer to any supernatural elements. In keeping with Universalist tradition, the service is open to everyone, with no requirements as to church membership or theological belief.

The Deacons Award

The Deacons Award is given in recognition of long term and/or exemplary service to the Church and the Congregation. A committee of the Deacons selects an individual, drafts an appropriate citation and presents the name to the Board of Deacons for approval. The award is then presented to the recipient by a member of the Deacons at the Annual Congregational Meeting in February. In 2015, a Youth Award was added by vote of the Deacons, and may be awarded if there is a qualified candidate.

List of Deacons Award Honorees


The following are members of All Souls Church elected to the Board of Deacons, February, 2017. Dates indicate the year of taking The Right Hand of Fellowship. They will serve until the 2018 Annual Meeting and can be renominated each year.

Beryl Jones-Woodin, President
Miles Chapin, Vice President
Evelynn Gioiella, Secretary/Treasurer

Sabrina Alano

2008

Lorraine Allen

1979

David Andrews

1979

Astrid Baumgardner

1986

C. William Bechman

1987

Christina Bellamy

1984

Daniel N. Beshers

1963

Tom Blum

1996

Robin Bossert

1997

Anne S. Bradley

1988

Julie Brannan

1989

Louise Brockett

1997

Judy Chang

1986

Miles Chapin

1998

George Collins

1994

John Conti

2001

Dan Cryer

1994

Sheila Darnborough

1992

George Dorsey

1994

Sandra Ekberg

1986

Victor Fidel

2004

Sandra Lotz Fisher

1983

Jeffrey Friedlander

1990

Jane Furse Friedman

1988

Evelynn Gioiella

1978

Christine Goodwin

1980

Peter Green

1996

Pamela Healey

2007

Mary-Ella Holst

1964

Arthur Hopkirk

1985

Barbara Hosein

1986

Carolyn Jackson

1994

Deborah Jackson

1992

Michele Jawin

1985

Beryl Jones-Woodin

2000

Frederick Joseph

1966

Carol Kirkman

2004

Eric Lamm

1991

Jane Levenson

1963

Donald Marks

1965

Suzanne May

1985

Betty McCollum

2007

Marilyn Mehr

2007

Ricardo Mestres

1969

Steve Michelman

1992

Peggy Montgomery

1994

James Moskin

1983

Marilynn Scott Murphy

1986

Danforth Newcomb

1978

Melanie Niemiec

1988

Jeanne North

1986

Nancy Northup

1982

Winifred Olsen

1988

Neil Osborne

1983

Frank Patton

1997

Laura Pedersen

2003

Guy Quinlan

1974

Tom Reese

1997

John Reidy

1985

Larry Reina

2002

David Rockefeller, Jr.

2007

Judy Samuelson

1987

Eric Sivin

1997

Kathleen Taylor

1997

Deborah Taylor

2004

Pat Taylor

1988

Jennifer Vermont-Davis

1999

Hanan Watson

2002

Olumide Wilkey

2004

 

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