Transcendentalism began in 1836 with Emerson’s first book, Nature. It led to a spiritual revival within Unitarianism not just in rural Concord, but in urban Boston, leading to activism on race, gender, and social justice. It continues to offer lessons today.
Rev. John Buehrens was President of the UUA from 1993-2001. He is the author of Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People’s History  and of a forthcoming book with the same title as this sermon. He retires this summer as Senior Minister of the First UU Society in San Francisco.