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Stephen H. Fritchman: To All Who Toil

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Spirit of Truth and Love within our living hearts, we pledge our faithfulness to all who toil that we may eat our bread. We rejoice in hu man power to shape the stuff of earth into things of usefulness and beauty. May our hands and minds add their portion to the common treasure of a world more fair. We would find our place among the workers of human ity, proud of honest labor done, and rest deserved, and wages earned. We would pay our tribute to the task well done of tailor, teacher, carpenter, and nurse; of surgeon, painter, sailor, chemist, housewife, typist, farmer and chef; and for all of those whose work is little known and rarely seen, yet daily given, that our lives may be far happier and safe. May this be a time of kinship among the toilers of every race and clime.

Stephen H. Fritchman (1902-1981), after starting his career in the Methodist Church, was ordained a Unitarian minister in 1930. While he was editor of the AUA journal, The Christian Register, Fritchman’s editorial policies sparked an 18-month controversy in which opponents accused him of promoting communism and Soviet policies. He resigned in 1947 and went on to be minister of The First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles until his retirement in 1969. Under his leadership the church became a center of resistance to the Cold War, vigorously supporting liberal causes in the city and state.