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Singing Our History

Harvard Square Library is delighted to announce our acquisition of Singing Our History: Tales, Tunes and Texts from Two Centuries of Unitarian and Universalist Hymns by Eugene Navias (Boston: UUA, 1975, used with permission). This lovely collection uses specific hymns as a window through which to view the historic development of Unitarian Universalism.…

Unitarian Universalist Congregations and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919

This eight minute video highlights the experiences of Unitarian and Universalist congregations during the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919. Please share with attribution as you like–personally, or as a resource for congregational use in worship, education program, or otherwise.

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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.

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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. 

The Greatest Showman:  The Complicated Legacy of P.T. Barnum

Hugh Jackman’s biopic of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman,” was released late in 2017 to record breaking box office success.  And while no one expects complete factuality from a biopic, many critics have been rightly alarmed by how the show “whitewashes” Barnum’s troubling relationship with the human side show “curiosities” that made him famous.   …

UUA General Assembly Minutes 1984

Charles Hartshorne: Psychicalism

By Donald Wayne Viney

Human experience provides the clearest example of the novel actualities that emerge in the “creative advance.” Of course, many nonhuman forms of experience exist. The title of Thomas Nagel’s article “What is it like to be a bat?”…