1825 - Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She was an important African-American feminist, abolitionist, and writer. Harper was a strong advocate of the Underground Railroad and worked for women’s suffrage, temperance, and education. A member of the First Unitarian Church in Philidephia, Harper was also a poet and popular novelist. She was also helped found the National Association of Colored Women. Read more about Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
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On the cusp of fall, many Unitarian Universalist congregations plan Water Celebrations and/or Ingathering Services as a way of reconstituting community life after the more relaxed pace of summer. But while these services are common, they are not always deep. Many have indicated dissatisfaction with these services: water rituals reduced to monologues about expensive travels; ingatherings that vaguely celebrate the restarting of a church season th...more