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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.

Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism

Included here is historian Conrad Wright’s introduction to three critical addresses in the history of Unitarianism: “Unitarian Christianity” by William Ellery Channing, “The Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and “The Transient and Permanent “in Christianity by Theodore Parker. The series also includes a concise summary of Channing’s historic address.

Ingersoll Lectures

The Ingersoll Lectures on Human Immortality were initiated by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot in 1896. This short piece offers a centenary review by Herbert Vetter of the lecturers from 1896 through 1996, as well as a list of the speakers and their topics through the years.

Cambridge Forum Speakers, 1970-1990 Volume II

During the years 1970 to 1990, Herbert Vetter directed the Cambridge Forum of the First Parish in Cambridge. Recordings of the national radio broadcast of most of these forums are in the Harvard University Audio Archive and are available from Cambridge Forum. This series offers biographies of the many eminent speakers who have addressed the Forum.

Cambridge Forum Speakers, 1970-1990 Volume I

During the years 1970 to 1990, Herbert Vetter directed the Cambridge Forum of the First Parish in Cambridge. Recordings of the national radio broadcast of most of these forums are in the Harvard University Audio Archive and are available from Cambridge Forum. This series offers biographies of the many speakers who have addressed the Forum.


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Forbes, John Perkins (1855-1910)

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Lilian Steichen Sandburg

Sandburg, Lillian Steichen (1883-1977)

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Robert Rotberg

Robert Rotberg

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Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol

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