Richard F. Boeke served as minister of the First Unitarian Church of Berkeley, California, 1973-1995. During his ministry,
he was involved in the Howard Thurman Educational Trust, the International Association for Religious Freedom, and the Uniquest
Foundation among other groups and organizations.
Richard F. Boeke was born and raised in Atlanta. After attending Georgia Tech for two years, he transferred and completed
his degree at Iowa State University, graduating in 1951. He received his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1954,
M.A. from Columbia University in 1971, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, in 1982.
He was ordained in the Unitarian-Universalist Church in 1955, the same year he entered the U.S. Air Force as a Chaplain. Following
this service, he served churches in Flushing, New York; Chico, California; Reno, Nevada, and St. Petersburg, Florida. He accepted
the call to First Unitarian Church of Berkeley in 1973, where he remained until 1995. As of 2008, he served as minister of
the Unitarian Church in Horsham, West Sussex, England.
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