Remembering Bill Balkan

You won’t find a reference to the Rev. William Balkan in the records of the Unitarian Universalist Association, even though he spent his last years of pastoral ministry serving Canon (Georgia) Universalist Church — holding on longer than he wanted so that I might finish seminary and succeed him — and wrote for the the Universalist Herald then and after.

Bill died a few weeks ago so I’ve heard, but he won’t be remember at the Service of the Living Tradition at General Assembly this year or any other. He was a minister — formerly Lutheran — who believed in universal salvation and served a little Universalist church but never held fellowship. He never needed fellowship to serve and there are lots of ministers — most unknown to the wider world — who have lived, served and died the same way.

Pause, please, to remember him.