In the half century since the founding of the Unitarian Universalist Association, no one has attempted to bring together the major primary sources for Unitarian and Universalist history—until now. This spring, Skinner House Books will release A Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism, a two-volume collection featuring writings from ancient heretics, Reformation-era radicals, denominational founders, prophetic preachers, social change activists, theologians, and more. Please join lead editor Dan McKanan for a workshop introducing this new historical resource, with a particular emphasis on the challenge of finding sources to tell the story of Unitarian Universalist history in the past half-century. Space is limited so RSVP.
Note: This event will not take place at Foothills. It is taking place at Christ United Methodist Church at 301 E. Drake Rd. Fort Collins, CO 80525.
Dr. Dan McKanan is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity
His research focuses on religious movements for social transformation in the United States from the abolitionist era to the present, with a particular emphasis on the contributions liberal and esoteric religious traditions make to sociopolitical radicalism. He also teaches and writes on Unitarian Universalist history, theology, and ethics.
His first book, Identifying the Image of God: Radical Christians and Nonviolent Power in the Antebellum United States (2002), explores theological understandings of violence and nonviolence among abolitionists, pacifists, and temperance activists. Touching the World: Christian Communities Transforming Society (2007) and The Catholic Worker After Dorothy: Practicing the Works of Mercy in a New Generation (2008) deal with the Camphill and Catholic Worker networks of intentional communities. Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition (2011), winner of the Frederic G. Melcher Book Award, is a general history of religion and the Left in the United States.
Professor McKanan is currently completing two book projects: a study of environmental initiatives inspired by Rudolf Steiner and an edited anthology of primary sources for Unitarian Universalist history.