Fomer Minister To Speak At Local Church Sunday

On Saturday and Sunday, The Unitarian Universalist Congregation will welcome back the Rev. Christopher Raible, minister emeritus, and his wife, Patricia, an active community volunteer. The occasion will be marked by music, discussion and dinner (reservation required) at the Sheldon House of Jamestown on Saturday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Interested attendees for the Sheldon event may contact or 488-1902. Raible will deliver the sermon at UUCJ service at 10:30 a.m. at the church on Sunday and a light luncheon will follow.

Raible was educated at the University of Chicago, the University of Manchester (England), and the King Starr School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif. In May 1957, he was called to the Unitarian Church of Jamestown and was formally ordained by the church in Jamestown in October of 1957.

In Jamestown, Raible was involved in the community, in reviving Jamestown Civic Concerts, founding the Mental Health Association and serving as vice president of the Council of Social Agencies. In addition, he was a member of the Ministerial Association and the Torch Club. He also taught philosophy and world religions at Jamestown Community College.

Beginning in Jamestown, and throughout his ministry, his faith found expression in a concern for social justice and civil liberties, prompting him to speak out for freedom of the press, march for civil rights, organize for women’s rights and unite for inter-faith relations. Raible was an active church member. She also worked at the James Prendergast Free Library, and graduated with highest honors from JCC.

During UUCJ’s 125th anniversary celebration, church volunteers published Raible’s well-known radio talks. Beginning on Dec. 8, 1957, Raible delivered the first of more than 30 radio broadcasts to the Jamestown and Warren communities on the topic of “Let’s Think Together.” The broadcasts dealt with challenging topics such as evolution, world religions and peace.

From their home in Canada, the Raibles have returned to Jamestown several times since 2007, and at his last visit Raible spoke on the War of 1812 at the Robert H. Jackson Center and at Chautauqua Institution for a local historians conference.

The title of minister emeritus was bestowed upon Raible by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown on May 25, 2008.