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Von Ogden Vogt

Author Von Ogden Vogt (1879-1964) was a master liturgist who excelled at celebrating Life in the liberal religious tradition while serving as the minister of the First Unitarian Church of Chicago. Now available free online is Vogt’s book, Art and Religion.

Unitarian Universalist Composers

This series provides biographical sketches for well-known musical artists who have made contributions to the world of Unitarian Universalists. The highlighted artists span several decades from the early 1900’s to contemporary artists. The list was compiled by Ernest Sabine, a member of the First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Unitarian Universalist, who has sung in Greater Boston Choirs.

The Relevant Reverend

This series, as described and created by Herbert Vetter, “celebrates the contribution to the life in America and beyond made by fourteen ministers, preists, and rabbis,” beginning with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Standing Before Us

The Harvard Square Library presents Standing Before Us, a presentation of 160 years of women’s work by Dorothy Emerson. This volume contains letters, essays, stories, poems and speeches by Unitarian and Universalist women, and includes a biographical sketch of each woman and notes on the texts.

Religion and Science

This series collects Harvard Square Library’s offerings about religion and science in one place. Currently it features “Of Stars and Men” by Harlow Shapley.

Rabindranath Tagore at 150: The Heart of God

In 2011, the world celebrated the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore’s birth. In honor of this date, Herbert Vetter reissued his collection of 77 of Tagore’s poems. The following series introduces Vetter’s interest in Tagore, and includes several of the poems as edited by Vetter.

People of Power

As conceived of by Herbert Vetter, this series honors nineteen women and men “whose lives can inspire us to become who we are,” including Marian Anderson, Robert Frost, Rachel Carson, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Monroe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and Tim Berners-Lee.

Mahatma Gandhi: An American Portrait

In 2007, Community Church in New York City celebrated the centennial of John Haynes Holmes’ arrival in New York to serve The Church of the Messiah (the Community Church’s original name since 1839). That year-long series of special worship services, guest speakers, forums, and other events recognized Holmes’ special relationship with Mohandas Gandhi, which was one among many of his contributions as a minister, spiritual leader, and prophetic activist.

Harvard Honors Nelson Mandela

On September 18, 1998, Harvard presented South African president Nelson Mandela with an honorary doctoral degree at a historic special convocation. See photos, speech transcripts, and more in this online book edited by Herbert Vetter and originally published by the Cambridge Forum.

Hands, by Dorothy T. Spoerl

The booklets in this series, first published by the UUA and Beacon Press in the 1960s, were originally written as scientific materials for use in religious education. Other educators and many parents, however, will find much of value in their thoughtful and unusual approach designed to interest children in the everyday wonders of nature and science.

Community Ministry

UU community ministers work in areas of social justice, chaplaincy, authorship and the arts, and educational and institutional leadership. This is ministry beyond the churches – it is community ministry.

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven

This book accompany’s the Unitarian Universalist Association’s seminal religious education course of the same title, first published in the early 1980s. We are delighted to have Rev. Shirley Ann Ranck’s book available at HSL.


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Painting of Reinhardt

Reinhardt, Aurelia Henry (1877-1948)

An expectant audience was not disappointed when Frederick May Eliot, the president of the American Unitarian ... Read More
Wade McCree

Wade McCree, Jr.: Solicitor General of the United States, 1920-1987

by Kin Foley MacKinnow Text and photos courtesy of The Bulletin, Boston Latin School Association Almost ... Read More

Peirce, Charles Sanders (1839-1914

In the early 1870s, a small group of young men formed a Harvard Square circle for ... Read More