REV. DR. WILLIAM EDWARD ALBERTS
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ALBERTS, Rev. Dr. William Edward Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away in Canton, MA on Monday, March 22, 2021 at the age of 94. He was born in Williamsport, PA, the son of Ralph Stanford Alberts and Nellie (Marks) Alberts. He served in the Navy in World War II from 1944-1946, graduated from Lycoming College in 1951, from Westminster Theological Seminary (now Wesley) in 1954 and received his Ph.D. in Psychology and Pastoral Counseling from Boston University in 1961. He served Old West United Methodist Church in the West End, where he was forcibly retired in 1973 for performing the marriage of two male members of the Church. His resulting landmark lawsuit created new case law protecting the rights of confidentiality of ministers and others, and is detailed in his book "The Minister Who Could Not Be Preyed Away." He then served The Community Church of Boston (UUA) from 1978 to 1991, a peace and justice community who participated in the Central American sanctuary movement by providing sanctuary for a Guatemalan refugee for two years. In 1992 he became hospital chaplain at Boston Medical Center and remained there for over 20 years. It was this experience that inspired his book, "A Hospital Chaplain at the Crossroads of Humanity." He was a diplomate in the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy and both a Unitarian Universalist and Methodist minister. Combining the pastoral and prophetic, he wrote numerous research reports, essays and articles on racism, war, politics, LGBTQIA issues, religion, and pastoral care. A prolific writer, his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and journals and, since 2004 he has contributed regularly to CounterPunch, an online political journal. He is survived by his wife, Eva, of 45 years, and their daughter Amy Warren; as well as three daughters, Susan Cook, Jeanne Paz, and LouAnn Meli, and a son, Jeffrey Alberts from his first marriage to Doris Schmaus. He is the grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of six. A Memorial Service is being planned and will be announced when details are completed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to AACA (Asian American Civic Association): aaca-boston.org or to CounterPunch: counterpunch.org

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Published in Boston Globe from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2021.
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April 2, 2021
One of the finest men I ever had the pleasure of meeting. A true fighter for justice. I had the privilege of recording one of his talks at the Community Church of Boston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXX4IizTTy0

R.I.P Bill, you'll be greatly missed but your legacy will endure forever.
Michael Passarini
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