Singer of Life: Dr. Vincent Silliman

Rev. Speck writes: When I served as the settled minister of UUFVB from 1991-2000, I started the research on one of the most influential ministers in Unitarian Universalism that you might not know, Vincent Brown Silliman. His life story and his impact on our faith continue to inspire us today through his contributions. We will explore his life and legacy in this morning’s service.

The Reverend Doctor Richard Speck is the retired District Executive for the Joseph Priestley District (JPD) of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Previously, he served nine years as minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, FL, before coming to the JPD in 2000 as Acting District Executive. In his last two years in Florida he also served as the music director for the church. He graduated from Meadville/Lombard Theological School with a Doctorate in Ministry in 1990. He was hired as the regular District Executive in 2001. He served fourteen years as DE before retiring from full time ministry in 2014.

Richard continues to be active in social justice programs like the Black Lives Matters and the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow in Delaware. He conducts weddings, memorial services, and funerals and continues preaching widely and teaching leaders in proper governance and emotional systems thinking.

He is married to Janet Tillman and resides in Wilmington, DE. He enjoys making music, flying his own airplane, and creating stained glass art. Janet and Richard have two cats.
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