Topic: Unitarian History

The Lost Generation of the 1790s

Fearing “internal subversion” of the standing order in Great Britain, William Pitt’s government determined to crush domestic opponents by any means necessary; many victims of this campaign were Unitarians—women and men—members of a brilliant generation of imaginative writers and public intellectuals.  We will find out who these people were, the challenges they faced and what was lost when a government turned on its own citizens.

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The Story/Our Story

Spread across continents and centuries, the story of Unitarianism is vast, maddening and thrilling.  We’ll explore its main outlines, themes, characters, and issues.  All in one worship service?  Let’s see what we can do; I think it will be worth it—a story that we can understand, value and carry with us on our journey.

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Encountering our Ancestors XV  

It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. For the fifteenth time, we summon eminent ancestors from our Unitarian Universalist history to experience their stories. Join us to welcome these visitors from the past: an occasion to reckon our good fortune as heirs of an amazing religious tradition.

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See previous Ancestors services at: http://vancouverunitarians.ca/topic/ancestors/

Last Year’s Podcast: Encountering our Ancestors XIV

Encountering our Ancestors XIV

It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. For the fourteenth time, we summon eminent ancestors from our Unitarian Universalist history to experience their stories.

Join us to welcome these visitors from the past: an occasion to reckon our good fortune as heirs of an amazing religious tradition.

Walt Whitman poem here:

https://amiracarluccio.com/2018/06/01/preface-to-leaves-of-grass-this-is-what-you-shall-do-by-walt-whitman-part-one/

https://www.bartleby.com/39/45.html

See previous Ancestors services at: http://vancouverunitarians.ca/topic/ancestors/

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The Invention of Air

We celebrate the beginning of the Advent season with a trip to the past and a rendezvous with the 18th Century Unitarian minister and scientist, Joseph Priestley, a radical in religion, science
and politics.

His scientific experiments, inspired by progressive religious beliefs, led to breathtaking, path-breaking discoveries. These discoveries reinforced his optimistic hope that great good arises when science, reason and religion provoke and converse with each other.

This is a worship service for all ages.

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

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2017-07-30-Gary Smook-The Religion of Robert Ingersoll.mp3

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

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2017-07-09-Mason Harris-Elizabeth Gaskell, A Unitarian Novelist in Industrial Manchester.mp3

More on Elizabeth Gaskell

You might enjoy listening to the BBC In Our Time podcast on North and South.

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