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“Why Unitarian,” by Phillip Hewett

Chapter 1, “Why Unitarian?”

by Phillip Hewett

in Unitarians in Canada

(Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1978), pages 1-15

Phillip Hewett was for 35 years until his retirement in 1991 the minister of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, British Columbia. His work on Canada tells the story of the other half of our North American movement. What draws polity interest is his opening chapter: Hewett looks at four tensions he finds ongoing in Unitarianism.

  1. Do the four tensions listed by Hewett describe adequately the major issues? Should certain tensions be eliminated from the list or others added?
  2. Hewett charges that the cult of individualism destroys the supportive ties of human community (page 3) and further adds that Unitarians have contributed to that lopsided emphasis. Is this the key polity issue in the continuing organizational problems of Unitarian churches?

[The full text of this chapter is forthcoming. -ERM] 

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