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Bibliotherapy: Which Books Do Your Prescribe for which Human Condition?

The notion that books can save lives and heal souls is not new. what a delight to learn that “bibliotherapy,” the psychological benefit that can be derived from reading specific material, is known and recognized phenomenon.    The word itself was coined by the Unitarian minister Samuel McCord Crothers in 1916, in an article that he wrote for the Atlantic.

Samuel McChord Crothers

What the Universalists Talked about When They Talked about Love: A Valentine’s Day Special Feature

Love is the doctrine of this church.  So says the covenant of 1933 written by the Universalist minister L. Griswold Williams.  Rev. Williams rode a circuit ministry around Pennsylvania and Ohio before settling into the ministry of the All Souls Universalist Church in Marion, Ohio.…

Holiday Gift Book: The Unitarian and Universalist Invention of Christmas & An Anthology of Historic Unitarian Christmas Stories

 

An essay on the role of Unitarians and Universalists in establishing the practice of Christmas celebrations in the United States is followed by an anthology of historically interesting Christmas stories authored by Unitarians.  Order the paperback here;   Order the Kindle version here.…

A Gift from Harvard Square Library: Add “This Day in UU History” to your website or blog

 

Add a side bar to your website or blog that changes daily, offering an important date in Unitarian Universalist history and related graphic, exactly like that on the front page of our Harvard Square Library site.

Click here for complete instructions.

Gifts from Harvard Square Library

Gifts from Harvard Square Library

The Unitarian and Universalist Invention of Christmas;  An Anthology of Historic Unitarian Christmas Stories

An essay on the role of Unitarians and Universalists in establishing the practice of Christmas celebrations in the United States is followed by an anthology of historically interesting Christmas stories authored by Unitarians. 

A History of Death: Unitarian Universalist Style

The earliest Anglo-American burials in Puritan North America took place in graveyards, where grave markers often included the motif of a skull, or death head, sometimes with or without wings.  These markers, as well as the burial grounds themselves, were intended to make people fearful. …

Congregational Polity 101

Harvard Square is glad to present this brief yet comprehensive guide to the essential components of congregational polity, in six basic principles and in four primary source voices.  If you would like a more detailed treatment of the topic, you can access Rev.…

Ceremonies for Special Services in Universalist Churches, 1949, Humiliati

Background

In the mid 1940’s, a young group of seminary graduates from the Crane School of Theology at Tufts University had a vision.  Concerned that Universalism was outdated and in fatal decline, this small group of ministers at the beginning of their careers sought to “pursue an intense spiritual journey into ministry and work mightily to transform the Universalist Church from a struggling dissident Christian sect into a religion of greatness.”  They formed the “Humiliati” – an intentional, semi-monastic religious community, with the goals of establishing a theological basis for pushing Universalism beyond Christianity, complete with new worship and rites of passage for a reinvigorated Universalist Church (read more about the choice of name here).…

The Humiliati: Reinventing Universalism, 1946-1954

 

In the mid 1940’s, a young group of seminary graduates from the Crane School of Theology at Tufts University had a vision.  Concerned that Universalism was outdated and in fatal decline, this small group of ministers at the beginning of their careers sought to “pursue an intense spiritual journey into ministry and work mightily to transform the Universalist Church from a struggling dissident Christian sect into a religion of greatness.”  They formed the “Humiliati” – an intentional, semi-monastic religious community, with the goals of establishing a theological basis for pushing Universalism beyond Christianity, complete with new worship and rites of passage for a reinvigorated Universalist Church (read more about the choice of name here).…

Summer Reading: Explore Unitarian Universalist History Through Novels

While there are many Unitarian Universalist authors, not many novels take on explicitly Unitarian Universalist subject matter. Here are four exceptions—all highly readable pieces worthy of space on your beach  blanket, and each with its own take on Unitarian Universalist history.…