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Sacred Service in Civic Space

Three Hundred Years of Community Ministry in Unitarian Universalism

by Kathleen R. Parker

About the Book 

This unique contribution to the Unitarian Universalist history chronicles the remarkable work of lay and ordained UU ministers in areas of social justice, chaplaincy, authorship and the arts, and educational and institutional leadership.

Address in Memory of Samuel McChord Crothers, by Frederick M. Eliot

The substance of the following was given in the form of an address, at the service of dedication of a tablet in memory of Mr. Crothers, in Unity Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, Sunday, December 8, 1929.

ON AN AUGUST Sunday morning in the year 1886, a young minister stood before a small congregation in the city of St.…

Samuel McChord Crothers

Unitarianism in America, by George Willis Cooke

Harvard Square Library presents this historic article by scholar George Willis Cooke, written over 100 years ago and detailing the history of Unitarianism in America in the nineteenth century. The article describes many of the historic figures in American Unitarianism. Although some contemporary, twenty-first scholars could no doubt critique the article for its self-congratulatory approach, it can nevertheless be read as itself a historical document exhibiting Unitarianism’s view of itself at the beginning of the twentieth century.…

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 Transient and Permanent in Christianity

By Theodore Parker


Ralph Waldo Emerson surrendered his prized Boston pastorate and quietly moved to Concord, but his open anti-supernaturalism persisted in the pulpit work of Theodore Parker, whose South Boston ordination sermon in 1841 on “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity” was just the start of his humanizing of Jesus.…

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Women’s Rights: Legacy of Emerson Series

The Living Legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If women feel wronged then they are wronged…I should vote for every franchise for women.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

From his childhood, Ralph Waldo Emerson was surrounded by strong, independent-thinking women. His mother supported the family after his father’s untimely death, and instilled in him a lifelong appetite for learning and spiritual growth.

Emerson and Religion

The Living Legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson shook the foundation of established religion.…

Emerson and Literature

The Living Legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson’s influence on literary figures of his time and their work is irrefutable. He encouraged many aspiring writers by reviewing and promoting their manuscripts and supporting them financially. When he assumed the editorship of The Dial in 1842, he had a vehicle in which new and established writers could publish—“a useful clearinghouse for new ideas.”…

Emerson, Nature, and the Environment

The Living Legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson was consumingly interested in the connection between man and nature. “The greatest delight,” he wrote, “which the fields and woods minister, is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable….Yet…

Emerson’s Declining Years & Legacy

The Living Legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson

After a lifetime of struggle with illness, Emerson’s health began to fail in 1871 at the age of sixty-eight. He took one of his rare vacations, to California, that year but it sapped his strength.…