Winifred Campbell. Interviewed 4/14/11.
Her main interest was Renewal House, under the UUSC. This was and is a shelter for women, mainly the victims of domestic abuse. Usually 12-15 women there, with children. Winifred was the chief FP contact, and was often in contact with the director. She visited frequently. (The actual location of the shelter was not widely known, and she did not publicize her visits in order to keep the location secret.) WPA was active in furnishing clothing, bedding, and toys. They had a storage problem at Renewal House, and sometimes women would stay longer than planned (no surprise). They would collect gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Winifred worked for 10 years for the Harvard Divinity School in charge of the historical archives of both the Unitarian and the Universalist church records. She is a historian herself.
Ivan Massar. Interviewed by phone 4/14/11.
Not strictly speaking a SAC member at all, since he always operated solo and “wasn’t a committee guy.” In 1968 Dana Greeley asked him to go to Transylvania to record the Unitarian presence there—churches, pastors, etc. Capture the essence. He went with a colleague, China Altman, a journalist for Life magazine. They went with tourist visas since could not get journalist visas. In Romania, pastors were required to “report contacts with strangers”. A bishop in Cluj told them that their hotel rooms were bugged. They puzzled authorities. Eventually came back with a lot of photos---ox carts rather than autos, ancient churches. It was all published. Some in “UUA News”, a color spread, used up the entire budget for that year. He had been in the Navy for three years in the S. Pacific. Became a pacifist during that war. During the Vietnam War, he heard of a Quaker group that was trying to get medical supplies to North Vietnam. US Government said no, “trading with the enemy,” Quakers asked for volunteers. Ivan went immediately to Philadelphia and signed up. He had wartime experience, spoke French. The other four volunteers were all Quakers. They travelled to Hanoi in a wooden ketch, from Japan. Helicopters on the way buzzed them. However, they had orders not to attack; Pres. Johnson did not want to be attacking Quakers. The whole story was published, with Ivan’s photos, in Paris Match. There was not that much connection with First Parish, but Dana Greely was helpful. After their return, their passports were impounded, and Greeley helped to get them returned. Ivan’s wife (at that time) Barbara always said that it was the Sunday evening seminars at First Parish, led by Arthur Jellis, that got her started with civil rights activity. Ivan heard about the proposed march by Martin Luther King, 50 miles from Montgomery to Selma. He thought King was suicidal, that he would be shot along the way. Ivan went, marched the whole way. Took many pictures. One Unitarian minister was murdered, hit over the head. Greeley was there too. Ivan’s pictures were published through a New York agency. Although Ivan knew many of the First Parish people, he did not join. He is an interesting example of a non-committee type of person, self-motivated, went his own way.
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