Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education

Rev. Dr. Randolph "Randy" Becker

Rev. Dr. Randolph "Randy" Becker Receives MacLean Award in 2023

The MacLean Award Committee, on behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Association, is proud to honor Rev. Randy Becker with the 2022 Angus H. MacLean Award for his long, loving, and committed work championing Religious Education in many circles of our faith. He lifts up the importance of shared ministry in bridging his dual professional realms of ministers and religious educators. In addition to serving as a minister in many congregations over his 50 years of ministry, he has also volunteered many years of his life to furthering the profession and practice of religious education. With gratitude for the breadth and depth of your many gifts and connective spirit, we honor Randy for the many lives he's guided toward a liberatory faith.

The presentation happened during the 2023 General Assembly, General Session 1, Wednesday June 21, 2023.

About the Award

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) presents the Angus H. MacLean award each year to someone who has made outstanding contributions to religious education. The award was established in 1972 by the St. Lawrence University Theological School Alumni Association and the Religious Education Department of the UUA.

In creating the award, the Alumni Association said, "Angus H. MacLean, Dean and Teacher of Religious Education at St. Lawrence University Theological School, was one of the pioneers in Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious education. It is appropriate that we recognize the inspiration and warmth that he gave to us all and his great concern for the religious nurture of both children and adults."

Each spring, a committee chaired by the UUA's Lifespan Faith Engagement Director selects a recipient. Anyone may nominate a recipient. A nominee for the award should be a UU who has achieved several of the following:

  • Contributed to the quality of religious education at the local level.
  • Raised the quality of religious education at the Association level.
  • Been innovative in the use of religious education resources.
  • Brought dignity to the profession of religious education.
  • Influenced religious education beyond our Association.

A nomination must specify the nominee's qualities, achievements, and contributions relevant to the award criteria and provide nominee contact information and basic biographical data.

Nominations are welcome throughout the year at

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