Memorial Service for Rev. Richard Beal

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Date(s) - July 18, 2021 12:30 pm
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


It is with deep sadness that we received the news that Rev. Richard Beal passed away this past Wednesday, July 7th.

Following the July 18th Celebration of Life Sunday service we will gather at 12:30pm at the church to celebrate Richard’s life.  

All are welcome.  The service will also be streamed on Zoom.  See below for link.

Richard was a beloved minister of our First Unitarian congregation from 1986-2001.  He stepped into this ministerial position at a crucial time in the church’s history, shortly after the church had been destroyed by fire the previous year.  Richard successfully carried out the unenviable task of contributing to the process of rebuilding the church while also sustaining congregational life, all in the earliest stages of his ministry with our congregation.

In the later years of his First U ministry Richard became known for his social justice work in the wider community, as well as being an active leader in denominational activities.  A listing of his accomplishments and affiliations can be seen below.  He received the distinction of Minister Emeritus for our congregation in 2002 and has remained a beloved individual in our church community for the decades following his time as our minister.

Richard’s UU ministry began after his graduation from Harvard Divinity School in 1982,  Following his ordination in Massachusetts he served congregations in Maine and Massachusetts, and then began his 15-year ministry at First Unitarian in Louisville.  Upon completion of his ministry with our congregation, Richard had a short-lived ministry in New Zealand, and then returned back to Louisville to be the Director of RE at Thomas Jefferson (currently All Peoples) Unitarian Church.  He completed his life in active ministry in his service to a congregation in Maine.

Richard is survived by his wife Joan, their son Barney, and their grandson Jayden.

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