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A Popular Series is Repeated - TWICE

Long Strange TripIn March we will begin two repeat programs, one series in the afternoons and one in the evenings, of "A Long Strange Trip", a six-part series that details the 2000 year history of Unitarian and Universalist thought from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism. You will see an exceptionally well done video and participate in a discussion.

This fascinating story includes the compelling life stories of heroes such as Michael Servetus, David Ferenc and Joseph Priestly, William Ellery Channing and Hosea Ballou: it details the role of transcendentalists such as Theodore Parker and Margaret Fuller in developing our commitment to a free and open search for truth and meaning. You’ll follow the evolution of both Unitarianism and Universalism in this country from bible-orientated religions to the non-creedal movement we know today, and you’ll learn of the diverse influences such as the Civil War, Suffrage ,and Feminism. And you’ll learn the how the two movements came together and merged in 1961, creating what we know today as the Unitarian Universalist Association.

1: Monday Afternoons March 20-April 24 1-3pm Asta Linder House
March 20 "In the Beginning", examines early liberal religious thought prior to the Protestant Reformation and tells the story of one of our most compelling heroes Michael Servetus.
March 27 "The Birth of Unitarianism" chronicles the spread of Servetus' message and the development of the first coherent Unitarian theology. It tracks these ideas across Europe and eventually to England where we encounter Joseph Priestly (yes, the scientist) and discover his role as a Unitarian minister.
April 3 In "American Universalism", we come to America with the arrival of Unitarian thought in this country and learn about three separate movements all of which compete with the early churches established by the Pilgrims and Puritans. This session includes understanding the impact of the Transcendentalist movement through the work of Theodore Parker and Margaret Fuller.
April 10 “Universalism" introduces us to Universalism from its early development in Germany to its explosion in America during the first half of the 19th century as people adopted the teachings of Hosea Ballou.
April 17 "Evolution" follows both Unitarianism and Universalism as they evolve from bible-orientated religions to our present day non-creedal movement. It Includes the effect of several diverse influences such as the Civil War, Suffrage, and Feminism.
April 24 "The Hundred Year Waltz" documents the century-long courtship between Unitarianism and Universalism leading to their their ultimate merger in 1961. This video follows the resulting UUA to the present day.

2: Monday Evenings March 27 – May 1 6:30-8:30pm Asta Linder House
March 27 "In the Beginning", examines early liberal religious thought prior to the Protestant Reformation and tells the story of one of our most compelling heroes Michael Servetus.
April 3 "The Birth of Unitarianism" chronicles the spread of Servetus' message and the development of the first coherent Unitarian theology. It tracks these ideas across Europe and eventually to England where we encounter Joseph Priestly (yes, the scientist) and discover his role as a Unitarian minister.
April 10 In "American Universalism", we come to America with the arrival of Unitarian thought in this country and learn about three separate movements all of which compete with the early churches established by the Pilgrims and Puritans. This session includes understanding the impact of the Transcendentalist movement through the work of Theodore Parker and Margaret Fuller.
April 17 “Universalism" introduces us to Universalism from its early development in Germany to its explosion in America during the first half of the 19th century as people adopted the teachings of Hosea Ballou.
April 24 "Evolution" follows both Unitarianism and Universalism as they evolve from bible-orientated religions to our present day non-creedal movement. It Includes the effect of several diverse influences such as the Civil War, Suffrage, and Feminism.
May 1 "The Hundred Year Waltz" documents the century-long courtship between Unitarianism and Universalism leading to their their ultimate merger in 1961. This video follows the resulting UUA to the present day.