Twas my 42nd year to heaven…

It was my birthday Wednesday. Thanks to John for chess and Hank for lunch and my family for everything as usual. As is my custom since I turned 30 I read one of my favorite poems by Dylan Thomas.

I know my birthday’s in a different month than the speaker of the poem, but my mom’s family is from a town on Buzzard’s Bay in Massachusetts and that Welsh fishing village always seemed like a place I knew.

The past week has been a big one in Unitarian Universalist history as well. Rev. James Ford has mentioned some of these milestones over at Monkey Mind in some detail, but here’s a quick list from the book This Day in Unitarian Universalist History by Frank Schulman:

May 10

1580 – Synod of Rakow condems John Krotovius for the heresy of judaizing Unitarianism

1789 – Jared Sparks is born. William Ellery Channing will preach his famous movement defining, party platform sermon “Unitarian Christianity” also known as the Baltimore Sermon at Sparks’ ordination in 1819.

1794- prominent Universalist preacher Elhanan Winchester publishes his Dialogues on Universal Salvation.

1860 – Radical Unitarian minister, theologian, and reformer Theodore Parker dies.

May 11

1742 – Charles James Fox’s attempt to repeal the heresy laws fails in England, but it starts the momentum that allows for success in 1844, when Unitarianism finally received legal recognition there.

May 12

1820 – Unitarian Florence Nightingale born.

1902 – Stephen Fritchman born.

May 13

1534 – Claude of Savoy first preached Unitarianism in Switzerland.

May 14

1562 – Laelius Socinus, founder of Polish Unitarianism dies.

1588 – George Blandrata, Unitarian physician to Prince John Sigismund of Transyvania is killed.

1801 – Ezra Stiles Gannett born. He was an associate of William Ellery Channing and succeeded him as minister of the Federal Street Church (now the Arlington Street Church) in Boston.

1849 – Henry David Thoreau publishes Resistance to Civil Government ( later retitled On Civil Disobedience).

May 15

1961 – The American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America consolidated to form the Unitarian Universalist Association.

May 16

1804 – Elizabeth Palmer Peabody born.

May 17

2004 – Hillary and Julie Goodridge were married at Unitarian Universalist headquarters in Boston, MA by UUA President William Sinkford on the first day same-sex marriage was legal, as a result of a law suit filed by the couple.

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