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Forbes, John Perkins (1855-1910)

John Perkins Forbes was born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, March 25, 1855. He attended the public schools of Middleboro, and was, for a time, a pupil in Middleboro Academy. Later the family moved to Westboro, Massachusetts, and there he began the study of law.…

Unitarian Politicians and Other Oxymorons: Lessons from the Life and Times of Adlai Stevenson

The Harvard Square Library is excited to present in time for this election season a special collection of documents pertaining to Adlai Stevenson and his Unitarian faith.   These documents have been made available courtesy of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Illinois (Joan Banks and John Muirhead, congregational historians; the documents are all available in the “links” column at the bottom of this post).

Universalist General Convention of 1915: Further Resources

Harvard Square Library is grateful to the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, for permission to put these documents online, and to Archives and Special Collections Librarian Frances O’Donnell for her assistance.

The original archival collection of these papers is part of the Universalist Church of America’s General Assembly Records in the Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library.…

Program and Reports at the Universalist Convention of 1915

The United Universalist Conventions featured formal times for the presentation of reports from various groups, including the Young People’s Christian Union, the Women’s National Missionary Association, and the General Sunday School Association. Formal addresses were punctuated by times for worship and song, as the convention also made time to celebrate the dedication of the Los Angeles Universalist Church.…

On the Pullman Train to Pasadena: The Universalist Convention of 1915

If the plans for traveling to Pasadena, California for the 1915 United Universalist Conventions by Pullman train were not elaborate enough, the organizers went to great lengths to ensure that the journey would prove pleasant for everyone. A printing press was brought on board for the publishing of a daily newspaper–the delightfully acronymned UGCWUMAYPCUSS, with three hundred copies printed on board each day.…

Itineraries to Pasadena: The Universalist Convention of 1915

For the 1915 United Universalist Conventions, train rides to Pasadena originated in Boston on July 1, with stops in New York in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo along the way. The group arrived in Chicago on July 2, where they joined for lunch and a meeting at St.…

The Universalist Convention of 1915: Photos and Letters

In addition to reports and programs, however, the archival record of the Universalist General Convention of 1915 gives a sense of the excitement and uniqueness of this event through letters sent to the convention as well as photographs of the event.…

The Universalist Convention of 1915: Introduction

One hundred years ago, the United Universalist Conventions met in Pasadena, California, for their 1915 convention. This was no ordinary gathering of early twentieth-century religious liberals, however. The convention proper started with a train journey that began in Boston and crossed the continental United States, stopping at Chicago, Salt Lake City, and other major cities, each time picking up Universalist “pilgrims” bound for Pasadena.…

Hosea Ballou: The Challenge to Orthodoxy, by Ernest Cassara

About the Book

Click here to read Hosea Ballou: The Challenge to Orthodoxy by Ernest Cassara

This book brings to life a remarkable man and a remarkable era. Hosea Ballou – rebel preacher, self-taught theologian – was one of the most influential religious figures of nineteenth-century America.…

Art & Religion

by Von Ogden Vogt

Author Von Ogden Vogt (1879-1964) was a master liturgist who excelled at celebrating Life in the liberal religious tradition while serving as the minister of the First Unitarian Church of Chicago. Now available free online is Vogt’s book, Art and Religion.…