August 2025 – Dates TBD – Watch for information in early 2025

August 2, 2024 – August 8, 2024 – FULL

August 9, 2022 – August 15, 2022 – completed

Primary Sources relating to early UU history around Boston

Free Audiobook of Walden

Sermons, Essays, Stories

A Letter from Rev. Hosea Ballou to Rev. Dr. Lyman Beecher” by Hosea Ballou

The Universalist Pulpit by Hosea Ballou and others

Note: Ballou’s sermon, The Author’s Ministry, written near the end of life, acts as a summation of his theological position and a capstone of his ministerial work.  He died shortly after writing this sermon at the age of 81.

Unitarian Christianity” by William Ellery Channing

Slavery’s Pleasant Homes” by Lydia Maria Child

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson*

The Harvard Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson*

The Celestial Railroad” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

On the Equality of the Sexes” by Judith Murray

The Transient and the Permanent in Christianity” by Theodore Parker

Walking” by Henry David Thoreau*

Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau*

Note: If anyone reads The Aesthetic Papers, it is in there as well under its original name.

Winchester Profession and other professions of faith

Periodicals & Journals relating to early UU history around Boston

The Aesthetic Papers by Elizabeth Peabody

The Dial volume 1 of particular interest are:

               The Editors to the Reader – Emerson and Fuller

               The Divine Presence in Nature and in the Soul – Parker

               Letter to a Theological Student – Ripley

               Orphic Sayings – Alcott

               The Unitarian Movement in New England – William Dexter Wilson

Books relating to early UU history around Boston

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*

Moods by Louisa May Alcott

The Ancient History of Universalism by Hosea Ballou

The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne*

Woman in the 19th Century by Margaret Fuller

Walden by Henry David Thoreau*

Secondary Sources relating to early UU history around Boston

Affinities and Animosities: Universalists and Unitarians in the Formative Period by Ernest Cassara

Hosea Ballou: The Challenge to Orthodoxy by Ernest Cassara

American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever*

The Transcendentalists and their World by Robert A Gross*

The Peabody Sisters by Megan Marshall*

Eden’s Outcasts by John Matteson*

Theodore Parker and the Moral Universe” NPR

Secondary sources relating to UU history more broadly

A Timeline of the Black Empowerment Controversy in American Unitarian Universalism” compiled by Julie Kain

Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy by Mark D. Morrison-Reed

American Universalism by George Hunston Williams

Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People’s History by John A Buehrens

The Universalist Church of America: A Short History by Clinton Lee Scott

*are items that can be found at the public library. If it is available online, it has a hyperlink. Items are in no particular order.