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Vaughn Beckman

Vaughn Beckman
Pastor, Prophet, and Friend

It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of Vaughn Beckman early on the morning of September 6 in Fremont, CA. Although Vaughn had been struggling with cancer, his sudden passing was unexpected. A memorial service is planned for September 16 at The First Christian Church of San Jose, CA.

Most recently Vaughn served as pastor of FCC San Jose. His many and varied ministries included pastor of FCC Honolulu, HI, director of the San Jose Peace Center, and founding member of the board of the Institute for Welcoming Resources.

Vaughn's colorful ministry included waking one morning to find that his church had been firebombed, filing a lawsuit against the city of Honolulu for supporting fundamentalist religious events, and reminding the church that we are called to be hospitable to all regardless of culture or race, immigration status, gender or sexual orientation. Vaughn's ministry was celebrated at FCC San Jose just weeks ago as he retired from full-time ministry.

Vaughn, pastor, prophet, and friend, will be missed.

Rebecca and IWR/WCPL friends and colleagues,

RE: Vaughn's life and ministry, recognition by IWR at his memorial service

Thank you, Rebecca, for making concrete our care and condolence in sending flowers on behalf of IWR - and our welcoming leaders church family - as a way to recognize and remember our beloved friend Vaughn.

It just does not seem possible that Vaughn is not with us on the physical plane, stirring up justice, peace and love which was his calling and the signature of his life and ministry. I believe that he would have been very pleased with the recent Bishops and Elders Council, and of course, with IWR as he served on the original board with John Selders and me. He gave much to the Disciples of Christ welcoming movement and to IWR, for sure. He will be deeply missed and dearly remembered.

Losing Vaughn so early reminds me of how valuable our friendships are, and the priority of our relationships and community in the midst of "the work" we are called to do.

With deep gratitude for Vaughn, his life and memory, and all of you,

Michael J. Adee
National Field Organizer
More Light Presbyterians
Santa Fe, NM