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Congregational Polity 101

Congregational Polity 101, Six Principles and Related Primary Source Voices


Robert Browne

Primary Voice One: Robert Browne (d.1633).  Robert Browne was the first person to write down the basic principles of congregational polity, and to gather a church according to those principles. …

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).

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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UUA General Assembly Minutes 1987

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UUA General Assembly Minutes 1986

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Notable in UU History
Joseph Stevens Buckminster

Buckminster, Joseph Stevens (1784-1812)

Joseph Stevens Buckminster, a son of the Rev. Dr. Joseph Buckminster of Portsmouth, N.H., was born ... Read More
Jared Sparks

Sparks, Jared (1789-1866)

Biographical Introduction Jared Sparks was born May 10, 1789, in Willington, Connecticut, of humble parentage. Till ... Read More
Dorothy Spoerl

Spoerl, Dorothy T. (1909-1996)

Below is Spoerl's autobiography, abridged from an interview with Margaret Gooding and Helen Zidowecki and supplemented with ... Read More
James Agee

Agee, James (1909-1955)

Biographical Introduction Above all else, James Agee was a writer-from his modest early days in Knoxville, ... Read More