That’s a Good Question!

I just received an excellent question on the 7 Super Sermons of UU section of this website. Katie Stein Sather writes, “I wonder what other sermons by women you might include?” Great Quesiton.

I did not write the curriculum for this course, but I do love to teach it, so I will attempt an answer (and ask the author of the curriculum, Mark Richards, his opinion).  The class was designed to be

A series of facilitated conversations focusing on the writings of seven individuals who were key to the development of current Unitarian Universalist thinking. Of course, not all voices are represented by single works of seven people, but hopefully they represent some seminal thinking on ideas important to the formulation of Unitarian Universalist thought.

Right from the start, the author of the class recognizes that not all voices are represented by single works from seven individuals in our history, but given that, what would this class look like if more women’s voices were included?  Can more women’s voices be included and still be a historical look, through sermons, at the development of Unitarian Universalist thinking?

I’m thinking I’d like to do this class often, so more sermons would be needed for the rotation. I’m also thinking that, as important as it is, Ballou’s  A Treatise on the Atonement, isn’t a sermon and should be removed in favor of an actual Universalist sermon.

So, what sermons by women would be historically important to the development of Unitarian Universalist thinking and theology or show the development in UU thinking and theology?

Margaret Fuller is awesome, but I don’t believe any of her great works are sermons.  Although if we are still to include A Treatise on the Atonement, Margaret Fuller has to be included, too.

Sophia Fahs is central to our historical development in the area of religious education.  Her ordination sermon would be an interesting choice if a copy could be found to be made readily available.

A sermon by Antoinette Brown Blackwell might be included.

Any sermon from any of the Iowa Sisterhood ministers would be an automatic inclusion in this course.  Finding a text that is readily available is the hard part here once again.

What other sermons by women would be included in the 7 Super Sermons of Unitarian Universalism that would be foundational to our Unitarian and Universalist history or  be central to  or reflect the development of Unitarian Universalist theology ?

What about sermons by people of color? LGBTQ UU’s? or Is it just the 7 Super Sermons of Unitarian Universalism – the 7 sermons that you would choose to show the development of Unitarian Universalist theology in America through the years? What would you include? And Why?

That should fill up the comment queue.

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2 thoughts on “That’s a Good Question!

  1. Standing Before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform -1776 to 1936 (edited by Dorothy May Emerson) would be my first place to look. (My copy is across town–not all the selections are sermons, largely because letting a woman in the pulpit is a fairly recent development.

    (And slightly related – did you get to attend Rebecca Parker’s Murray Lecture this year at GA? Ohhhh, did she do beautiful and gut-punching things with Ballou. I wept.)

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