Unitarian History

The Protestant Reformation and the Beginnings of Unitarianism

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation – events that fundamentally changed the face of European culture, politics, and religion. We’ll highlight major themes, identify the rise and nature of new religions, and describe how what became Unitarianism arose during those fateful decades in the 16th century.

The Religion of Robert Ingersoll

Today we want to acquaint you with the life and thinking of one of history’s great liberal religious thinkers, Robert Ingersoll. This 19th century American lawyer, politician, and orator, helped greatly to spread the gospel of liberal religion, and to work toward the emancipation of people’s minds from the stultifying tyranny of dogma and superstition. His words of wisdom are still valid today. Speaker: Gary Smook Listen:

Elizabeth Gaskell: Unitarian Novelist in Industrial Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was a widely popular mid-Victorian novelist who was also a strong Unitarian. She lived most of her adult life in Manchester, cradle of the industrial revolution and notorious battle-ground between unions and mill-owners. Her two novels set in Manchester, Mary Barton and North and South, (click for free e-book) are unique in Victorian fiction in depicting the workers with absolute equality, in showing how they practice mutual aid, and in letting her working-class characters make strong arguments for the right of unions to strike. She was convinced that social problems can be resolved through dialogue based on equality. Speaker: Mason Harris Pianist: Nicola Hamilton Read the Sermon:  ElizabethGaskell_MasonHarris_July2017 Listen: More on Elizabeth Gaskell You might enjoy listening to the BBC In Our Time podcast on North and South. The Vancouver Public Library has the DVDs Cranford. People of all ages loved the Library Lion story.

Inherent Worth and Dignity

In this year’s yUUth service, the UCV youth group talks about our first principle and how we relate to Unitarians past. Listen:  Jan 22 2017 – UCV Youth Group – Historical UUs (8.1 MiB)

Encountering Our Ancestors XII 2016

October 30, 2016 Encountering our Ancestors XII Rev. Steven Epperson with guests from the past Music: The “Ghost” Trio – Allegro vivace  The “Ghost” Trio – Presto (excerpt) The “Ghost” Trio – Lento (excerpt)       L. van Beethoven Pat Armstrong, violin; Heather Hay, cello; E. Dainow, piano Encountering our Ancestors XII (scripts by Steven Epperson) To celebrate the memory of our ancestors: A Samhain Invocation with Louise Bunn Rev. William Bentley   (1759 – 1819)  Unitarian Minister/ Journalist/ Linguist Mabel Osgood Wright   (1859 – 1934)  Naturalist/ Author William Stanley Jevons   (1835 – 1832)  Economist/ Philosopher Lydia Moss Bradley   (1816 – 1908)  Business Woman/ Philanthropist  

Encountering Our Ancestors XI

 Ancestors (clock-wise from upper right): Kate Austin Cooper, Paul Best, Caleb Rich*, Olive Higgins Prouty Music:  Bagatelles  Beethoven  (1) E. Dainow, piano “Beethoven” / Rosemary Brown** Bagatelle  op.119 no. 11  Beethoven Encountering our Ancestors XI (scripts by Steven Epperson) To celebrate the memory of our ancestors: A Samhain Invocation*** Paul Best (1590–1657)  Early English Unitarian    Eric Wyness Caleb Rich  (1750–1821)      Universalist Preacher    Bennett Mitten Kate Austin Cooper  (1864–1902) Universalist/Anarchist  Leonie Armstrong Olive Higgins Prouty  (1882–1974)   Author  Naomi Taylor *Photo of Richard Eddy, stand in for Caleb Rich. ** Rosemary Brown claimed that the great composers transmitted or dictated their newest compositions to her. So it is appropriate  to play one of these pieces at this time of year when the veil between the living and the dead is said to be the thinnest.   Elliott *** Modern Pagans view the world as a great Circle, majestically turning through the four Quarters of the … Continued

The Unitarian Way

January 18, 2015 Rev. Dr. Phillip Hewett The Unitarian Way

Encountering Our Ancestors X (2014)

Encountering Our Ancestors X Rev. Steven Epperson and guests from the past – November 2, 2014 – 11:00 am – Music: Mazurkas    F. Chopin Mazurka     Chopin via Rosemary Brown* Mazurka     F. Chopin performed by E. Dainow To celebrate the memory of our ancestors: A Samhain Invocation** With Mary Murray and Fritz Muntean Encountering our Ancestors X (scripts by Steven Epperson)   Lelio Sozzini    (1525 – 1562)   Theologian   Colin Cameron Maria Cook    (1779 – 1835)   Universalist Preacher        Leonie Armstrong Margaret Benedictsson  (1866 – 1956)   Women’s Rights Activist   Thora Gislason William Carlos Williams   (1883 – 1963)   Doctor/Poet   Keith Wilkinson Closing Hymn       God Bless the Grass Malvina Reynolds     performed by E. Dainow * At this time of year the veil between living and dead is said to be thinnest and so these pieces seem appropriate. In the ’60’s, “Chopin and other composers were busily transmitting new compositions … Continued

Encountering Our Ancestors IX 2013

October 27, 2013 Encountering Our Ancestors IX Ancestors: Samhain 2013 (clockwise from upper right) Joseph Johnson – Publisher Conrad Aiken – Poet Celia Payne-Gaposchkin – Astronomer Malvina Reynolds – Song Writer/Activist Listen: