Like butterflies, we go through different life cycles, every stage having its own merits. Sometimes a crucial experience, such as a near death experience, may bring about profound changes that give our lives a whole new direction.
Marie-Anne Thompson-von Rechenberg is a native of Switzerland. She grew up in a liberal home in the German speaking part of Switzerland, speaking French at home. She is a graduate of the University of Geneva where she studied languages, and of the University of Basel, where she studied Psychology, Ethnology, and Education. In 1973 she met Andrew Thompson, a counseling psychologist from the University of Oregon, spending his sabbatical leave in Basel. Marie-Anne and Andrew got married in 1974 at the Unitarian Church in Eugene Oregon. They lived in Eugene for 16 years. During that time, Marie-Anne earned two Master’s degrees from the University of Oregon, plus a teaching certificate, and a diploma in art therapy. She found employment in higher education and in the health system. In 1992 the couple decided to move back to Basel. They were delighted to find UUB. Andrew passed away in 2017. Marie-Anne is a supporter of environmental causes. She has served on the board of the Riehen Green Party.