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Max Gaebler: Great Spirit

Great Spirit, the Life of all our being, the Light of all our seeing, the Strength of all our striving, the Love of all our living: we rejoice that You are invisible, yet You are round about all of us and in each of us. We would open every window of our being to the intaking and outgiving of Your breath of life, until each one of us is born anew, filled with Your mighty and mysterious presence.

Max Gaebler (1921- ) was named one of the most influential citizens of the twentieth century in Madison, WI, where he served for 35 years as minister of the First Unitarian Society. During the turbulence of the 1960s, Gaebler was respected as a voice to facilitate inclusive debate on the University of Wisconsin campus. He served as interim minister in several international locations, including Japan, Canada, Australia, and the Vatican. These experiences encouraged Gaebler’s concern and work for interfaith understanding.

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