Former UUA President John Buehrens on Our Founder
Thursday May 17, 6-8pm, Follen Community Center
European fugitive, Harvard professor, pioneering abolitionist, Unitarian minister — Charles Follen lived a fascinating life. What is his legacy for us today? What would Follen have to say about the Trump presidency or Black Lives Matter? In his latest book on UU history, Rev. John Buehrens devotes a whole chapter to Follen — and it’s a rollicking good read! John joins us as special guest for May’s dinner and discussion program.
No RSVP necessary, but please email Rev. Susanne if you’ll need childcare.
John Buehrens served as President of the UUA from 1993 to 200l. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School, he had earlier served as minister of Unitarian Universalist urban churches in Knoxville, TN; Dallas, TX; and New York City. He is the author of Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals, and of Universalists and Unitarians in America: A People’s History, as well as co-author, with the late Forrest Church, of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, and, with Rebecca Ann Parker, of A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion in the 21st Century. He has been mentor to many ministers-in-training and an adjunct faculty member at Harvard Divinity School, Andover Newton, and Starr King School for the Ministry. From 2002 to 2012 he was national co-chair of Freedom to Marry and Minister of First Parish in Needham, MA. More recently he has been Interim Minister of the UU Church of the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel, CA, and Senior Minister of the First UU Society of San Francisco. He and his wife Gwen, a priest in the Episcopal Church, are now both retired and living in that city.