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Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education

Christina Rivera Receives the 2020 MacLean Award!

Christina has time and again called Unitarian Universalists to practice our faith in ways that tangibly affirm and promote the lives of those which the dominant society still will not.

Read about Christina's ministry

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 accepted each year through March 15. Please submit to religiouseducation@uua.org, attn: MacLean Award.

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Ginger Luke (left) with Jessica York, UUA Faith Development Director, after receiving the 2015 MacLean Award at the UUA General Assembly in Portland, OR.

Reverend Ginger Luke, left, the 2015 Angus H. MacLean honoree, holds her certificate of award with Jessica York, UUA Faith Development Director, at the UUA General Assembly in Portland, OR.

Jessica York awards Nita (Bonita) Penfold the MacLean Award at GA 2014.

Jessica York, UUA Faith Development Director, introduces Rev. Dr. Bonita Penfold, recipient of the 2014 Angus H. MacLean Award at the UUA General Assembly in Providence, RI.