West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church

Transcendentalism & Unitarian Universalism

July 12, 2015

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by Edison Ellenberger

Transcendentalism is a religious, philosophical, and literary movement that rose to prominence in New England in the 1830s. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are commonly associated with this movement, but the relation-ship of Transcendentalism to Unitarian Universalism is less well known to the general public. Nearly all of the Transcendentalists were Unitarians, and many of them were minis-ters. What might this 19th century movement have to offer to us today? This service will explore the development of the relationship between Transcendentalism and our UU tradition along with the relevance of the movement to a contemporary Unitarian Universalist spiritual practice.

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