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Spiritual Freedom

I call that mind free, which sets no bounds to its love, which is not imprisoned in itself or in a sect, which recognizes in all human beings the image of God and the rights of his children, . . . which, through confidence in God and in the power of virtue, has cast off all fear but that of wrong-doing, which no menace or peril can enthrall, which is calm in the midst of tumults, and possesses itself though all else be lost.


The minister of Boston's Federal Street Church has been called "the father of American Unitarianism" for the sermon that rallied theological liberals under the Unitarian name in 1819. From his sermon, "Spiritual Freedom" (1830), in William Ellery Channing: Selected Writings (Paulist Press, 1985); an excerpt appears as Reading 592 in Singing the Living Tradition.


Fear vs. Freedom
Living by Our Faith · Fear is sometimes the appropriate response to the world around us, but it must be leavened by faith. /BY TOM STITES

Fear of Freedom · The threat of terrorism is real. How do we weigh our desire for safety against threats to our civil liberties? /BY WENDY KAMINER

A Victory for the Heretics · Unitarian Universalist Ellery Schempp helped win a historic victory for constitutional freedoms in public schools. /BY KIMBERLY FRENCH

What You Can Do · Help your congregation get involved in the UUA Study/Action Issue on civil liberties. /BY JANE GREER

Boy-Friendly Sunday School
Our religious education programs may not be meeting the needs of boys, and religious educators are talking about solutions. /BY NEIL CHETHIK

'Are You with the Atheists?'
A Unitarian Universalist attends the annual conference of American Atheists in order to be, for once, the most religious person on the premises. /BY DAN KENNEDY

On the cover: Photograph by D. Boone/Corbis.

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Fear vs. Freedom
by Wendy Kaminer

Boy-Friendly Sunday School
by Neil Chethik

'Are You with the Atheists?'
by Dan Kennedy


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