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Forbes, John Perkins (1855-1910)

John Perkins Forbes was born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, March 25, 1855. He attended the public schools of Middleboro, and was, for a time, a pupil in Middleboro Academy. Later the family moved to Westboro, Massachusetts, and there he began the study of law.…

How The Universalists And Unitarians Invented Christmas; Plus An Anthology of Historical Unitarian Christmas Stories

Harvard Square is delighted to present our first ebook, which includes an account of the Universalist and Unitarian role in giving shape to the American Christmas celebrations we know today. It also includes five classic Christmas stories by Unitarian authors, including Rev.…

Unitarian Politicians and Other Oxymorons: Lessons from the Life and Times of Adlai Stevenson

The Harvard Square Library is excited to present in time for this election season a special collection of documents pertaining to Adlai Stevenson and his Unitarian faith.   These documents have been made available courtesy of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Illinois (Joan Banks and John Muirhead, congregational historians; the documents are all available in the “links” column at the bottom of this post).

Water Rituals and Ingatherings, Revitalized


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 that possibly felt like it never ended.  …

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UUA General Assembly Original Bylaws — 1961

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UUA General Assembly Minutes 1992

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UUA General Assembly Minutes 1991

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UUA General Assembly Minutes 1990

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UUA General Assembly Minutes 1989

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UUA General Assembly Minutes 1988

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Hale, Nancy (1908-1988)

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Eliot, Thomas Lamb (1841-1936)

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Mason, Edward S. (1899-1992)

Edward Sagendorph Mason was a member of the First Parish Unitarian Church in Harvard Square who ... Read More

Cannon, Ida M. (1877-1960)

Ida Cannon was responsible for establishing the first social work department in a hospital in the ... Read More