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Conrad Wright’s Walking Together, Chapter 2

Chapter 2: “Waking Together” (1984)

by Conrad Wright in Walking Together, (Skinner, 1989), pages 25 – 35

This short essay, originally a sermon, is included in this section because it draws so heavily on the concept of covenant and its influence upon Unitarian Universalists as a continuing part of the heritage.…

Hemenway, Mary Porter Tileson (1820-1894)

The Life of Mary Porter Tileson Hemenway

Mary Hemenway was born in New York of old New England ancestry, the daughter of a shipping merchant, Thomas Tileson and Mary (Porter) Tileson. She went to a private school in New York and at home “was reared” as she said principally on household duties, the Bible and Shakespeare.…

Eliot, Charles W. (1834-1926)


The life of Charles William Eliot cannot be understood apart from the stock from which he sprung. His grandfather, Samuel Eliot, was one of the wealthiest merchants of Boston—an importer who operated a store that was a forerunner of the great department stores of today.…

Charles William Eliot

The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World

From Vaclav Havel

In this postmodern world, cultural conflicts are becoming more dangerous than any time in history. A new model of coexistence is needed, based on man’s transcending himself. This address was delivered in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, July 4, 1994, by the President of the Czech Republic from 1993 to 2003.

God and the World

During his years of teaching philosophy at Harvard University, Alfred North Whitehead aroused newly intense questions concerning God and the World. Here are some selections from Religion in the Making, Science and the Modern World, and Process and Reality. – Herbert F.…

A Common Faith

From a Lecture by John Dewey

John Dewey stands as America’s most notable twentieth-century public philosopher, reckoning with the practical problems of modern society as well as the perennial theoretical issues of philosophy. His classic Terry Lectures at Yale embody his distinctive reckoning with religion.

God at the End of the Century

A Lecture by John E. Smith

The 1989 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association was held at Yale University. The speaker at the Colloquium on God and the Modern World was John E. Smith, Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale and a primary interpreter of American philosophy and philosophy of religion.

A Modern View of God

A Lecture by Charles Hartshorne

The second Colloquium on God and the Modern World was delivered in 1961 at the First Church in Boston in connection with the Annual Meetings of the American Unitarian Association. One of Dr. Hartshorne’s notable books is Philosophers Speak of God.…

The Struggle for Power and Peace

From a lecture by William Ernest Hocking

In 1960 the first Colloquium on God and the Modern World occurred at the May Meetings of the American Unitarian Association. The speaker in the Harvard Square Meetinghouse of the First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian, was William Ernest Hocking, Alford Professor, Emeritus, of Natural Religion and Moral Philosophy, Harvard University.

Preface to Parts II and III: America’s New Vision of God

Is God Necessary? NO! and YES!

By Herbert F. Vetter

Preface to America’s New Vision of God

A new discovery comparable to Darwin’s theory of evolution and Einstein’s theory of relativity (symbolized by the equation E = mc2) is the theory of power as divine relativity or panentheism developed primarily by a group of amazing American thinkers sometimes known as process philosophers.…