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Margot Susanna Adler (1946-2014) was a speaker, lecturer, writer, and public radio reporter. A self-described Wiccan High Priestess, she was a member of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, a member of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS), and a frequent speaker at UU events.   . . . read more
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Elmo Arnold Robinson (1887-1972) was a Unitarian Universalist minister, a professor of philosophy for thirty years at San Jose State University in California, and a scholar of American Universalism, especially its history in Ohio and Indiana. Born in Portland, Maine, his father was a salesman of wholesale groceries, tea, and coffee . . . read more William Thomas (Gwilym Marles) (1834-1879) has been called "the founder of modern Unitarianism in Wales". This area, where Welsh Unitarianism flourished, was maliciously dubbed the "Black Spot". Thomas's activism on behalf of his congregation culminated in his, and their, being locked out of the church in 1876  . . . read more Lucia Fidelia Woolley Gillette (1827-1905) was one of the first women to be ordained to the Universalist ministry in the United States and probably the first ordained woman to preach in Canada. By her teen years she was writing for Universalist newspapers. Later in life she campaigned for woman's suffrage and lectured on religious, literary, and women's issues.  . . . read more Sir Francis Ronalds (1788-1873) – inventor, engineer and scientist – is known for building the first working electric telegraph and, while director of the Kew Observatory, the first successful continuously-recording camera. He was also arguably the first electrical engineer.  . . . read more Thomas Fyshe Palmer (1747-1802) was one of five, eighteenth-century British political reformers, who came to be known as “The Scottish Martyrs”. Palmer was ordained to the Anglican clergy before embracing Unitarian beliefs. Convicted of sedition in 1793, he was sentenced to seven years in Australia.  . . . read more Hone Tuwhare (1922-2008) was one of the leading poets of the twentieth-century. Building on his Maori and Scottish background, his poetry reflected, critiqued, and celebrated New Zealand culture and its people. He was a social justice advocate, a defender of the working class, and an advocate for the Maori   . . . read more Harm Jan Huidekoper (1776–1854) was a businessman, philanthropist, essayist and lay theologian, a vice president of the American Unitarian Association, and a founder of the Meadville Theological School. His church, the Independent Congregational Church, at Meadville, Pennsylvania, was among the earliest Unitarian churches west of the Appalachian Mountains . . . read more Helen Richmond Young Reid (1869-1941) was a Montreal social worker involved in local, national, and international reform movements. A life long Unitarian, she founded and directed a number of charitable and educational organizations. She published articles and books in the fields of social welfare, public health, and immigration. Reid travelled widely   . . . read more Eliza Anne McIntosh Reid (1841-1926) was a social reformer, women's activist, and a leader in the movement to gain access to higher education for Canadian women. A life long Unitarian, her contributions would be continued and expanded by her daughter,  Helen R. Y. Reid . . . read more William Joseph McEldowney (1889-1967) was an accountant and lawyer before switching—in mid-life—to the Unitarian ministry. Raised among Methodists and Presbyterians, he was in his forties when he started attending Unitarian services in Wellington, New Zealand. Unique in the British Unitarian movement, McEldowney was the only New Zealander trained at Manchester College who   . . . read more Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007) was an American novelist also known for short stories, essays, and plays. His writing often displays a darkly comic and satirical style revealing serious moral commentary, sometimes through the medium of science fiction. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he came from a line of cultured German immigrant skeptics, including   . . . read more Samuel Carter (1805-1878) was a lawyer who shaped the legal codification and business practices of the early railways in England. For nearly four decades he was solicitor to two of the corporations that created Britain’s rail network. He was a lifelong Unitarian, a faith many of his forebears had embraced during the Midlands Enlightenment . . . read more Thomas Gibson (1777-1863) and his son Thomas Field Gibson (1803-1889) were prominent silk manufacturers in Spitalfields, in London’s East End, during the industrial revolution. Keenly interested in political, economic, industrial, and social reform they developed programs to support working people.  As Unitarian lay leaders they were instrumental in expanding religious liberty . . . read more