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Margaret Brackenbury Crook (1886–1972) was a British Unitarian minister, women’s suffragist, peace activist, and religious studies professor. Trained at Manchester College in England, she is remembered for her path-breaking writings on feminist biblical analysis and theology, which she articulated in her book . . . read more Harold Hitz Burton (1888-1964) was a Unitarian layman, lawyer, and politician who served as Moderator of the American Unitarian Association (AUA). After three terms as mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, he was elected to the United States Senate and in 1945 appointed to the United States Supreme Court by President Truman. . . . read more Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a person of many talents and interests: surveyor, pencil-maker, naturalist, lecturer, schoolteacher, poet, anti-slavery activist, and spiritual seeker, to name but a few. He is best known as a member of the Transcendentalist circle of writers and religious radicals, and author of numerous books and essays, especially Walden . . . read more Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) was one of the most prominent American Unitarian ministers of the last half of the nineteenth century. He was also a popular journalist, editor, and author. His short story, “The Man Without A Country,” is an American masterpiece. An active social and charitable reformer, he founded the Lend a Hand Society . . . read more An Elizabeth Gaskell Christmas  An early story by Elizabeth Gaskell, first published in 1848. The sick baby in the story is based on her own daughter, Marianne. Gaskell's first novel Mary Barton was also published in 1848. . . . read more Harriet Martineau and the Follen Family Christmas Tree During the holiday season of 1835 she visited the household of Charles and Eliza Follen. In her 1838 book Retrospect of Western Travel she recorded a celebration which has often been hailed as the introduction of the Christmas tree into America. . . . read more Christmas 1842 in Bridgewater, New York was greeted by the Universalist society with appropriate services in their church. The white, slender pillars of the little temple were wreathed with evergreen vines, and the same fresh-colored leaves hung upon the gallery and the walls, and about the long, wide windows. y. . . read more