Sunday, April 28, 2013

Meet the Panelist: Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian

The Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian is a long-time activist for peace and justice.  Radicalized in college during the Vietnam War, Andrea has been active in movements for social change for over forty years.  A war tax resister, anti-racism educator, nonviolence trainer, environmental activist, and singer/songwriter, Andrea has sung at countless demonstrations up and down the east coast, participated in direct action, walked across the state of Massachusetts once to protest war and years later to stop climate change, and been involved in countless other movement activities.  Andrea is a graduate of Oberlin College, Duke University, and Yale Divinity School and is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ.  The former Dean of Religious Life at Mount Holyoke College, Andrea now serves as the Senior Pastor of the Haydenville Congregational Church which describes itself as a "gay-affirming, child-centered, peace-loving, justice seeking, song-filled, stubbornly hopeful, ever thankful beloved community."  The Church is known for its extravagant welcome, and its commitment to social justice, earth stewardship, and gay-friendly atmosphere. 

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