Mark Mosher DeWolfe of Canada: The Eulogy I Never Gave

Annual Lecture: Canadian Unitarian and Universalist Historical Society

4 PM Eastern Time – webcast live
October 22, 2017
First Unitarian Church of Toronto, Ontario

PRESENTED BY:

Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini, minister emeritus of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Mark also served in San Francisco and Hayward California. Born and raised in Detroit Michigan, in a family of northern Italian immigrant culture, he attended Oakland University after 12 years of parochial education, and then attended Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley CA.

 

PROGRAM TITLE: Mark Mosher DeWolfe of Canada: The Eulogy I Never Gave

DESCRIPTION: I meet Mark Mosher DeWolfe at Starr King School in Berkeley. Seems this young man from “back East” was looking at the school considering enrollment, and I was asked to show him around the school. “Could I do it?” I was seriously depressed. Heartbreak. The loss of my first love. Still, I said yes…and my first experience with Mark was that he saw what I was going through, and began his ministerial work… with me… as I showed him around the school, and ultimately that day, San Francisco. Mark was openly gay. So was I. But congregations in Canada and the States were pretty reticent to call openly gay or lesbian ministers. (And there was not even a peep about bisexuality or transgender possibilities in that year, 1978.

I worked with Mark as an intern at Starr King. A lot changed by the time he graduated. But more about that in the lecture.

To help sponsor our 2017 lecture and other future lectures, people are encouraged to take out a membership in the Canadian Unitarian and Universalist Historical Society of Canada. Membership is $20. for one year, $50. for three years. Contact the Canadian Unitarian and Universalist Historical Society of Canada for more information on this program, the live webcast, and CUUHS membership.

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