How Unitarian Universalism came to be is a fascinating story. Unitarianism and Universalism started out as reform movements within Christianity, but as young movements, they quickly became embroiled in their own internal controversies. This reflection focuses on the early history of both movements in America, looking for lessons about how UUs can “keep first things first” and avoid damaging internal conflict, while remaining relevant to each other and to the outside world, as we fact the challenges of the coming years.
Bob Clegg is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Maryland. He is pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management at American University in Washington, DC. He is executive director of Justice Jobs of Maryland, a recently formed nonprofit which plans to open a job placement office in Baltimore next summer, serving people who are reentering society from incarceration and addictions. Bob and his wife, Connie, live in New Market, MD, where they defer to their three cats on important decisions.