a digital library of Unitarian Universalist biographies, history, books, and media
the digital library of Unitarian Universalism
Home » Biographies » Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Robert BrownRobert McAfee Brown (1920-2001) fought for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. He was jailed as a freedom rider, arrested as a war protester, and busted at the New York headquarters of the United Nations as a hunger striker against nuclear weapons.

His life was as varied as his 28 books. He was a teacher at Amherst College, Stanford University, Union Theological Seminary in New York and the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA; a mentor to dozens of men and women from coast to coast; and a dedicated ecumenist.

Brown’s approach to life can be summed up in the introductory sentence he wrote upon cofounding the group known as Clergy and Laity Concerned About Vietnam: “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

Through his self-described role as Hereticus he dares to challenge us with his prophetic life to create a local-national-international coalition relating religion and politics.”

—From World Faith News

Recommended Reading

Reflections Over The Long Haul: A Memoir by Robert McAfee Brown (2005).
Series Navigation<< Lester BrownMcGeorge Bundy >>

Notable in UU History
Stanley Kunitz

Kunitz, Stanley (1905-2006)

Biographical Introduction Born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1905, America's tenth poet laureate was the son of ... Read More

Thayer, Thomas Baldwin (1812-1886)

The leading Universalist theologian in the late nineteenth century, Thayer was born in Boston on September ... Read More
John Murray Forbes

Forbes, John Murray (1813-1898)

Born in Bordeaux, France, and raised in Milton, Massachusetts, John faced his father's death when he ... Read More
Lilian Steichen Sandburg

Sandburg, Lillian Steichen (1883-1977)

"To My Wife and Pal, Lilian Steichen Sandburg‚" was the dedication line in Carl Sandburg's first ... Read More