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Frances Harper

We are all bound up together

Frances E. W. Harper (1825–1911) challenged us to practice a religion of justice.

Kenny Wiley | 5/15/2015 | Summer 2015
N. Currier (1813-88) and J.M. Ives (1824-95)/Private collection/Bridgeman Images)

James Lord Pierpont and the mystery of 'Jingle Bells'

The debate over where the Unitarian wrote the holiday favorite rages on.

Kris Willcox | 12/15/2014 | Winter 2014
Anti-slavery medallion (

Wedgwood: Beyond the table

The 'father of English potters' was also a Unitarian and an anti-slavery advocate.

Sonja L. Cohen | 10/27/2014 | Fall 2014
Henry David Thoreau grave illustration (Robert Neubecker)

Go on a Unitarian Universalist pilgrimage

We may not have saints and shrines, but Unitarian Universalists do visit the scenes of our tradition's great stories.

Christopher L. Walton | 5/5/2014 | Spring 2014
Christmas tree depicted in The Stranger’s Gift, 1836.

Charles Follen's Christmas tree

How a man whose passions were religious freedom and the abolition of slavery came to be known as the father of American Christmas trees.

Kris Willcox | 12/23/2013 | Winter 2013
Contractor Michael Gilberg unearthed a time capsule in a sealed copper box from the walls of 25 Beacon St.

Time capsule unearthed from 25 Beacon St. cornerstone

Engraved copper box will be unsealed at farewell celebration in February.

Michelle Bates Deakin | 12/16/2013 | Spring 2014
The Rev. Olympia Brown

Olympia Brown: pioneering minister, women's suffragist

Ordained in 1863, Brown was the first woman ordained with full denominational authority in America.

Laurie Carter Noble | 6/17/2013 | Summer 2013

A quiet revolutionary

Laura Matilda Towne devoted her life to a school for former slaves.

Annette Marquis, Nan White | 5/13/2013 | Spring 2013
Unitarian Adlai Stevenson II (second from right) visited All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City during his 1956 campaign for U.S. president.

UU-UNO marks fifty years at the United Nations

Unitarian Universalist voice for human rights at the UN since 1962.

Allison Bennett | 11/5/2012 | Winter 2012
Francis David

Who really said that?

Francis Dávid didn't say, 'We need not think alike to love alike.' Does it matter?

Peter Hughes | 9/17/2012 | Fall 2012
Cynthia Grant Tucker

Tucker rescues women's voices from archives

'I wanted to give a voice to all of this experience that has generally been disregarded.'

Kimberly French | 4/16/2012 | Spring 2012

The empowerment tragedy

Four decades have passed since controversy over 'black empowerment' nearly tore the Unitarian Universalist Association apart. Even now, UUs remain unreconciled over what was for many a life-defining fight.

Mark Morrison-Reed | 1/16/2012 | Winter 2011