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Joan Van Becelaere

Full name: Rev. Joan Van Becelaere

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere is the Executive Director of UU Justice Ohio. She served as a Congregational Life Consultant for the Central East Region from 2007-2018.  Previously, Rev. Van Becelaere was Vice President for Student Services at Iliff Theological School in Denver, CO where she also taught Unitarian Universalist polity classes. Rev. Van Becelaere serves as primary contact for congregations in New York state including the northern portion of the state, the Capital Region and the central portion of the state. She is part of the Congregational Life Multisite Support Team and coaches those considering partnerships and collaborations between congregations.  She is also regional Program Manager for the Commissioned Lay Ministry program and assists with a number of other program areas, including large church support.  Rev. Van Becelaere is a story teller and specializes in presenting Dr. Seuss stories.

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Better Together | Central East Region

Now is the Time

Joan Van Becelaere

From Better Together
“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season.  (W.E.B. DuBois)...
Defending our Freedom of Religion for All

Joan Van Becelaere

From Better Together
“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.” I remember these words of Dorothy Day as I think about the work...
Interfaith Anti-Racism & Anti-Supremacy Work in Bellville, OH

Joan Van Becelaere

From Better Together
In Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, interfaith classes confronting White Supremacy were developed in response to the larger community's clear lack of understanding on issues of racism....
First Universalist Lyons Experiencing Revival

Joan Van Becelaere

From Better Together
The First Universalist Church (UU) of Lyons, OH is experiencing a revival in northwest Ohio.  This small village (pop. 562) is just west of Greater Toledo, and the suburbs are steadily stretching out...
Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

Joan Van Becelaere

From Better Together
That’s the title of a recent book written by Joani and Thom Schultz. The title shouldn’t shock many of us anymore. There is a lot of evidence for...
Vigils for Orlando Victims Held Across the Region

Joan Van Becelaere

From Better Together
By now, we all know the story of Orlando – it is the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in the history of the U.S.,...
CER Staff Changes

Joan Van Becelaere, Megan Foley

From Better Together
Dear Clergy, Congregational Leadership and Congregants of the Central East Region,...
Experimenting with Partnerships

Douglas Taylor, Joan Van Becelaere

From Better Together
Partnerships sometimes emerge in strange but exciting ways. The Partnership of the UU congregations in Binghamton NY and Cortland NY is a mix of contrasting sizes, ages and histories.  But these...
UU MATCH.COM

Joan Van Becelaere

From Better Together
Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of wonderful, creative energy in some of our congregations focused on the benefits and opportunities of working in Partnership with other congregations....
For Whom the Bell Tolls

Joan Van Becelaere

From Better Together
A perennial problem with religious organizations is that the professional staff who serve congregations at a district or regional level and those who serve

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