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Ware Lecture Series

In 1920 Harriet E. Ware of Milton, Massachusetts, bequeathed $5,000 to the American Unitarian Association to honor the distinguished services of three generations of the Ware family “to the cause of Pure Christianity.” One Ware Lecture was usually given during each annual Unitarian May Meeting. After consolidation with the Universalist Church of America, the Ware Lecture continued since 1961 as a feature of the annual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. The following pages contain illustrated biographical notes of selected Ware Lecture speakers.

  • Preface to the Ware Lecture Series
  • Jane Addams (1931)
  • Aurelia Henry Reinhardt (1932)
  • Reinhold Niebuhr (1934)
  • John Haynes Holmes (1938)
  • Eduard C. Lindeman (1939)
  • Adolph Augustus Berle, Jr. (1940)
  • Alfred M. Bingham (1942)
  • Walter Francis White (1943)
  • Max Lerner (1944)
  • May Sarton (1982)
  • Brock Chisholm (1947)
  • Henry J. Cadbury (1948)
  • Henry Steele Commager (1952)
  • Agnes Ernst Meyer (1954)
  • Henry DeWolf Smyth (1955)
  • Howard Thurman (1956)
  • George Wald (1959)
  • Abram Sachar (1961)
  • Walter Kaufmann (1962)
  • Linus Pauling (1964)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. (1966)
  • Saul Alinsky (1967)
  • Carl B. Stokes (1968)
  • Martin E. Marty (1969)
  • Rollo May (1970)
  • Alvin Toffler (1971)
  • Malvina Reynolds (1972)
  • Elliot Richardson (1974)
  • Bruce Murray (1976)
  • Jesse Jackson (1979)
  • LaDonna Harris (1980)
  • Vernon Jordan, Jr. (1981)
  • Thomas R. Berger (1983)
  • Helen Caldicott (1984)
  • Shirley Chisholm (1985)
  • Kurt Vonnegut (1986)
  • Anthony Lewis (1987)
  • Robert Coles (1988)
  • Sissela Bok (1989)
  • Mel Hurtig (1992)
  • Marian Wright Edelman (1993)
  • Norman Lear (1995)
  • Sylvia Ann Hewlett (1996)
  • Joan Brown Campbell (1997)
  • Amitai Etzioni (1998)
  • Mary Pipher (1999)
  • James A. Forbes (2001)
  • Stephen Lewis (2002)
  • Julian Bond (2003)
  • Holly Near (2004)
  • Elaine Pagels (2005)
  • Mary Oliver (2006)
  • Rashid Khalidi (2007)