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Khoren Arisian

Khoren Arisian

Thursday, November 24th, 1932 - Thursday, January 14th, 2021
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Khoren Arisian, Humanist Leader, passed away peacefully after a dignified battle with dementia. He was 88 years old. Influenced by his immigrant father who survived the Armenia genocide, Khoren used his great intellectual gifts to work passionately for human and civil rights throughout his career as a Unitarian Universalist minister (serving congregations in Iowa City, Sarasota and Minneapolis) and as Leader of the Ethical Cultural Societies in Boston and New York City. He was educated at Tufts University, Crane Theological School, Manchester College, Oxford, Starr King School of Ministry, and Harvard Divinity School. He received an honorary doctorate degree From Starr King in 1988.

Khoren, always a fierce defender of our democracy, courageously spoke out against McCarthyism, marched in Selma, co-founded the New York Society's Prison Reform Task Force, co-founded the Humanist Institute for new humanist leaders, spoke out for LBGT rights, and created New York Society of Ethical Culture's public political forums before and during the Iraq war. From the pulpit he was a classic preacher with a powerful voice that intertwined research information with elegant prose that inspired us to be our best selves. Khoren published hundreds of articles, edited professional journals, and wrote the well=known book, The New Wedding.

He leaves us wishing for another honest conversation full of wit, kindness and awe of all things beautiful...and of course a pint of Guinness. Our beloved Khoren is survived by his wife, Leigh McKay; his sons, Christopher Arisian and Derek Arisian (Silvia Arisian); his step-daughters Megan Elliott (Eddie Elliott) and Amy McDaid (Richie McDaid); his grandchildren, Sofia, Serena, Veronica, and GianLuca Arisian, Natasha and Aidan Arisian, Levi Elliott, and Finn McDaid and his brother, Rodney Arisian.
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Paul Beckel

Posted at 03:02pm
Khoren was the first UU minister I met. I immediately joined FUS and deeply appreciated his preaching. This year I celebrate the 25th anniversary of my own ordination. I think of Khoren with much gratitude.

Rev Paul Beckel

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Posted at 02:44pm
Leigh- So sorry to hear about Khoren. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.
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National Leaders Council

Posted at 05:08pm
With heartfelt condolences, Leigh and family
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Joan and Herb Spiegel

Posted at 12:31pm
We have lived next door to Khoren and Leigh for almost 15 years. We will miss his smile, intellectual opinions, love of cars and warm greeting whenever we saw him. It has been an honor to know him. Rest in peace good friend and neighbor

Herb and Joan Spiegel

Posted at 12:05pm
We have lived next door to Khoren and Leigh for almost 15 years. We will miss his smile, intellectual opinions, love of cars and warm greeting whenever we saw him. It has been an honor to know him. Rest in peace good friend and neighbor

Joan and Herb Spiegel

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