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Board of Directors
David R. Burton, President
Mr. Burton has
participated in Unitarian congregations for a decade. He served as
Treasurer and on the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist
Church of Sarasota. He has delivered a number of lay sermons. He was
most recently a member of the Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian
David Miano, Director 2004-2005
Mr. Miano is an ancient historian and emerging biblical scholar who is currently teaching and studying at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation on the topic of time measurement in ancient Israel. He grew up in Buffalo, NY, in a conservative religious environment. Years of questions and searching finally led him to the Unitarian faith, through which he has found satisfying answers and considerable peace of mind. He is currently serving as editor of The American Unitarian.
Jonathan Devlin, Director 2004-2005
Mr. Devlin is minister of the Desert Star Fellowship in Hesperia, California. He has been a lifelong spiritual seeker and student of religion. His first formal religious affiliation was as a Unitarian. He was ordained as a minister of Religious Science in 1991, but soon felt the call to a more theistic form of religious expression. He earned the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology and was ordained a priest in 1994 in the Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch. In 1995 he was elected to membership in The Order of Saint Michael, and was elevated to Monsignor. However, with Trinitarian Christianity leaving many unanswered questions, Rev. Devlin sought a return to his Unitarian roots, but felt the highly politicized nature of contemporary Unitarian-Universalism was unsuitable for him. In 1998, Rev. Devlin began studies in Judaism (which he considers to be the quintessential representation of Unitarian theology) through the New Rabbinical Seminary of America. In 2001 Rev. Devlin became a member of the American Unitarian Conference, and founded the American Unitarian Fellowship in Hesperia, California where he served as minister. In 2002, Rev. Devlin qualified for and received Rabbinical ordination under the authority of Rabbi David Roller of Livermore, California.
Rev. Devlin holds masters degrees in psychology and human services, a graduate certificate in professional counseling, and a doctorate in pastoral counseling. His academic and professional memberships include the American Counseling Association, the California Association for Counseling & Development, the California Adult & Continuing Education Counselor Association, the California Association for Adult Development, the National Council on Family Relations, the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, & Religious Values in Counseling, the California Association for Religious Values & Issues in Counseling, the American Sociological Association, the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, and the American Board of Hypnotherapy.
Past Board Members:
Alan Cousin, Director 2003-2004
Alan Cousin comes to the AUC from a peripatetic spiritual journey: he was raised in the United Church of Christ, spent his teen and early adult years as a fundamentalist Baptist, and was later an Episcopalian. Today he occasionally attends King's Chapel in Boston, where he enjoys the unique combination of Unitarian theology and Anglican liturgy.
Mr. Cousin was born in Boston in 1959, received a bachelorís degree from Harvard University in 1981, and followed that up with graduate study in administration and management. After many years in the government and nonprofit sectors, Mr. Cousin is now growing a consulting business, specializing in management consulting for nonprofits.
Nathan DeMay, Director 2003-2004
Nathan has been interested in religion since childhood. He is probably the only child to have ever looked forward to TV interviews with Joseph Campbell. He joined the AUC in early 2001 and has contributed to the AUC Journal and delivered talks at the AUC annual meetings.
Nathan has a bachelorís degree in international business, and has spent time in Japan and Korea. He lives in Atlanta and currently works as a departmental manager for a major Internet Service Provider.
Paul Yonge, Director 2002-2003
Paul Yonge became a member of the AUC shortly after its formation. He has been active in a Congregationalist church and a Universalist congregation in the past. Since 2000, he has been engaged in graduate study of pastoral care and counseling at St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry in Rochester, New York. The Finger Lakes Fellowship was organized in 2001 by Yonge to serve as a resource ministry for the production and distribution of laity educational programs.
Since 1966, Yonge has been a career employee of the State of New York and is currently assigned to the Planning and Program Management group of the Transportation Department in Syracuse. Over the years, he has participated in the engineering and management of various telecommunications and broadcasting systems. He holds two masters degrees in environmental policy and in environmental and resource engineering. Yonge also holds graduate certificates in advanced public management and in information systems and telecommunications management. He is currently concluding a doctoral program at the State University of New York in environmental resource management.
Barbara Bachner, Director 2002-2003
Barbara and her husband, Irving Bachner,
joined the Universalist Unitarian Church in Haverhill, MA in 1999. Upon
learning of the founding of the AUC, they immediately joined the AUC
and soon thereafter traveled from MA to VA to attend its first annual
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