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Richard S. (Rick) Kimball is an author and editor of faith-based and secular curricula and resources. Other Tapestry of Faith credits include Amazing Grace and Riddle and Mystery. Additional Unitarian Universalist credits include Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Adults (UUA), sUUper plays, You the Creator and The New You the Creator (Green Timber Publications, co-owned with his wife, Tirrell Kimball), the Sheltering Spirit series (co-written with Tirrell for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock and Green Timber) and words to the hymn "Winds Be Still" in Singing the Living Tradition (UUA).

Rick has been an active lay leader, teacher and youth mentor at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church of Portland, Maine for more than three decades. He is an Our Whole Lives teacher and Coming of Age mentor. Rick has also worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, the editor-in-chief of an educational publishing house and a freelance writer and photographer.

Christine T. Rafal, Ed.D., began her career as a teacher in public and private schools in New Hampshire . Since then, she has conducted classroom research, developed performance assessments for teachers, and written online professional development courses. Christine led the team that developed the PBS Parents Guide to Creativity. She has served on her neighborhood School Council and given workshops for court-involved parents. She co-writes a blog of learning resources for thinking children and their parents. Her research on the history of women and the history of French Canadians in New England has appeared in the periodicals The Journal of the Learning Sciences and American Speech, in the textbook African American Vernacular English (by John R. Rickford) and on the website of the Franco-American Women's Institute .

A member of First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Arlington, Massachusetts for more than seven years, Christine is a lay worship leader, children's religious education teacher, and the co-developer (with the Rev. Carlton Elliot Smith) of Growing Peace, Love, and Forgiveness, an adult religious education program.


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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

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