W3: UU History Workshop with Rev. Peter Newport

Date(s) - 04/16/23
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

in 1897 Paul Gauguin, during his sojourn in Tahiti, painted a huge piece called Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going? You can see it in the Boston Museum of Art. There’s also a hymn by that name in our hymn book. We sing it with some regularity. It has always puzzled me how we seem to enjoy its wan existential message, the more so since we do know where we come from, biologically, historically and theologically anyway; we are just careless with that memory, preferring instead a salutary narrative that hides more than it reveals. So I’m offering a three-part Unitarian history workshop I’m calling W3 as a corrective… and to follow up on my Veteran’s Day sermon, Five Easy Pieces on Why We Are Not a Peace Church.

Session 1, Where Did We Come From?, Sunday April 16, 12:30 to 2:00 pm in the Parlors, will provide a brief orientation to the Protestant Reformation 1517-1648; a “family tree” of Protestant denominations; and an introduction to the Minor Reformed Church of Poland, a non-Trinitarian Protestant denomination, also known as the Polish Brethren, that is a direct ancestor of modern Unitarian Universalism.

Please find the full event listing and registration here.