Spiritual Friendship and Social Action

Lessons from the Transcendentalists

Many of us meet the Transcendentalists in literature classes. We think of Thoreau, Emerson, and Concord: of individualism and nature. Yet most Transcendentalists were Unitarian church people: activists for anti-slavery, women’s rights, and social reform. They developed and maintained spiritual friendships that transcended differences in social location, gender, class, ideology, and race – all because they recognized that my full flourishing as a human being is tied up with yours.

Worship Leader: Rev. John Buehrens

Worship Associate: Sarah Kostka

Special Music: Jim Stevens, folk guitar

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