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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.

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.

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.


Notable in UU History
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Notable American Unitarians: Science — James Jackson

James Jackson, M.D.: Medical Science Pioneer, 1777-1867 At the beginning of the present (20th) century Boston ... Read More
Blanche Ames Ames

Ames, Blanche Ames (1878-1969)

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts to a prominent family, Blanche Ames was one of six children. Her ... Read More
Joseph Story

Notable American Unitarians: Government – Joseph Story

Joseph Story, 1779-1845 President Madison appointed Story—at the age of 32—to the U.S. Supreme Court in ... Read More
Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

Bishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, was born in 1931 in ... Read More