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Sacred Service in Civic Space

Three Hundred Years of Community Ministry in Unitarian Universalism

by Kathleen R. Parker

Sacred Service CoverAbout the Book 

This unique contribution to the Unitarian Universalist history chronicles the remarkable work of lay and ordained UU ministers 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.

If you are a community minister, these stories will inspire and enliven your awareness of the heritage on which you stand. If you are a Unitarian Universalist in either lay or ordained capacity, this work may deepen your understanding of what that means. If you are someone with an interest in liberal religion, this history will help you better appreciate the liberal religious imperatives towards service and human connection, demonstrated in  American Unitarian Universalism from the colonial era to the present.


Kathleen R. Parker

Kathleen R. Parker

About the Author

Kathleen R. Parker lives in Pittsburgh where she serves on the Board of the First Unitarian Church.  In 2010, she produced a regional history of Unitarian Universalism, Here We Have Gathered: the Story of Unitarian Universalism in Western Pennsylvania, 1808-2008 (Ohio Meadville District).  She teaches American history at the University of Pittsburgh and La Roche College and has taught UU History for Starr King School for the Ministry. Currently, she is editor of the Journal of Unitarian Universalist History.

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