In the Middle of a Journey

Readings in Unitarian Universalist Faith Development

by Richard S. Gilbert



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/17/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 416
ISBN : 9781475985405
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 416
ISBN : 9781475985412

About the Book

The role of religious education/faith development among Unitarian Universalists marks the uniqueness of this religious movement. Without dependence on dogma or creed, it is essential that a religious community be free to develop its own distinctive identity. The centrality of religious education was evident in the very beginnings of this liberal denomination. Rev. Richard Gilbert collects many of the most influential statements of religious education philosophy in the anthology In the Middle of a Journey.

From William Ellery Channing’s eloquent “Sunday School Address” to the writings of stalwarts Sophia Lyon Fahs and Angus H. MacLean, these carefully selected essays trace the evolution of faith development from a Christian catechism to a broadly based faith-based quest for values, meanings and convictions.

In an age that tends to belittle the past, it is refreshing to realize that if we are to chart where we are going, it is wise to know where we have been. The Unitarian Universalist movement has been in some interesting places, and eagerly seeks an adventurous future.

About the Author

Richard S. Gilbert is the author of books of meditations, social justice and religious education. A retired minister, he holds degrees from St. Lawrence University, Meadville/Lombard Theological School, Starr King School for the Ministry and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He lives with his wife Joyce in Rochester, NY, where they enjoy time with their three grandchildren.