A Pastoral Note from Stephen
Instead of our usual 'Thursday Reflection,' I wanted to share with our members and friends some very sad news. We learned this morning of the death of Carole Chinman, beloved wife of Richard Chinman and a long-time mainstay in the evolution of our Social Justice witness. Along with her co-chair Rosemary Kean, Carole revolutionized our church's approach to doing the essential witness of a UU congregation in Social Justice. But that, really, is a small part of my shock and sadness today, because what really made Carole so special was her good humor, friendship, smarts, and lovely laugh. (She was even an inventor!)
She and Richard, as he reminded me this afternoon, have been dedicated Unitarian Universalists for many, many years, in many churches. I remember how delighted I was when, moving here from Wilmington, Delaware, they joined our church at the beginning of my ministry--offering bountiful fellowship, sharp ideas, and good spirit. They were a lovely couple, bound to each other with devotion.
As Richard and I spoke this afternoon, we spoke of how words could not really express this loss, this pain. Carole had been not well for some time, suffering from the long after-effects of a severe stroke. But that is not all that I am thinking about today--but her wonderful joy of living, strong opinions (which I found I agreed with), and verve--pretty typical of Carole was a really cool drumming group she sustained. She made good things happen.
To Richard, to her children, we send our love and consolation. It will be good for all of us to surround Richard with a lot of love and concern going forward. This is a grievous loss.