Letter to the editor: Reelect Steve Berry

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Reelect Steve Berry

Steve Berry should be reelected as Representative to the Vermont Legislature . I am a Vermont artist and author who would like to tell you why I believe he is the best candidate for the district of Manchester, Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate. Steve is a great humanitarian. He cares. He really cares for other human beings and for his neighbors, friends, and constituents. He wants us all healthy, educated, sheltered and respected, and that is inclusive. He leaves no one out. Most importantly, he applies these compassionate principles to his consideration of legislation and his votes in Montpelier. His leadership and his teaching experience prove him so capable of doing that. Here is a list of accomplishments:

Johnson State College, BA

Yale University, Master's Degree

Doctoral degree the Pacific School of Religion,

Honorary doctorate from Piedmont College for humanitarian work

Teacher, Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.

Dean, Pastoral Preparation Program, Southwest Association within the Vermont conference of the United Church of Christ.(2015-2016)

Published author, Reading the Bible with Rene Girard: Conversations with Steven E. Berry; Just Jesus: My Struggle to Be Human by Walter Wink with Steven Berry; Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry; God in Popular Culture

Senior Minister First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.

Guest preacher, Duke University Chapel, Riverside Church NYC and the Crystal Cathedral.

Press Secretary for Presidential Candidate, Republican John B. Anderson. 1980

Advisor to Democratic Mayor, Vincent Schoemehl of St. Louis. 1982-1983

Steve and wife Carol worked side by side with Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter on the Jimmy Carter Work Project in Watts, California. ( 1995)

Advisor to Habitat for Humanity, LA

Advisor to Los Angeles Music Week

Humanitarian Award from Los Angeles Mayor, Richard Riordan. (2000)

Ralph Bunche Peace Award given by the United Nations Association.(1996)

Humanitarian Award by People Coordinated Services of Southern California. (1997)

Chaplain in the Los Angeles Police Department. ( 1995-2001)

Chairman of the local Interfaith Council (2007-2008).

Vermont Secretary of State's Humanitarian Award for fuel assistance and food to our neighbors in need.(2008)

Assembly of State Legislators executive committee, appointed to represent Vermont by Speaker of the House, Shap Smith ( 2015)

He brings his wife Carol Berry with him as a partner in his work. Carol teaches art in the community, is an author and research expert of the artist, Vincent van Gogh, a statewide lecturer affiliated with the Vermont Humanities Council, a faculty member at two prestigious educational institutions. Published author: Vincent van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art.

These are his credentials. To know Steve Berry is to realize he goes way beyond this impressive list.

— Pat Musick, artist and author Manchester


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