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Wintle also praised the Roxbury Weston Preschool that has been in continuous operation on the church grounds since 1966. "It was the state's first voluntarily desegregated education program," he said. The congregation has been active in a number of urban-based social action ministries that have had a positive, and lasting, impact on people's lives. The giving of one's time or resources, he said, "not only changes us, but changes the world we live in." The study of the past and how it relates to the human condition has always been one of Wintle's passions. He majored in history at the University of Nebraska and went on to earn his doctorate in ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. He has enjoyed two sabbaticals at Oxford University and has traveled in Russia, particularly in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Wintle also has done post-graduate study at Harvard Divinity School and the Episcopal Divinity School. He considers himself "a life-long learner," with a nod of profound respect to his wife Suzanne's career as an educator. She spent 34 years at the Florence Sawyer School in Bolton, and in 2006 was named "Massachusetts Teacher of the Year." One of his favorite roles at First Parish is leading the spiritual auto- biography class for new members. Sharing one's "roadmap of experi- ence" in a safe and welcoming group setting, not only helps integrate new members into the congregation, but also uncovers new layers of Wintle's own understanding of faith. Wintle has been a pastor for some 40 years and said that the role presents many opportunities and challenges. He welcomes the chance to offer comfort and guidance in times of need, but recognizes the wisdom in "leaving the outcome to God." Prior to coming to Weston, Wintle served for 20 years as pastor of the Unitarian Church in Lancaster, Massachusetts. He has long been active in denominational and ecumenical affairs, is a field education supervisor for Harvard Divinity School, and has served as editor of the Unitarian Universalist Christian theological journal for two decades. 88 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 Our Religous Leaders "The giving of one's time or resources not only changes us, but changes the world we live in." – T h e R e v e r e n d D r. T h o m a s D. W i n t l e

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