Universalist

Harris, Clarence J.

Clarence J. Harris
Clarence J. Harris

Clarence J. Harris (March 16, 1873-November 27, 1941) was a minister who served both Universalist and Unitarian congregations. During the early years of the motion picture industry, he wrote hundreds of screenplays. He also organized military-style youth groups, animal welfare organizations, a screenwriter’s school, and summer camps for boys.

Brotherston, Bruce Wallace

Bruce Wallace Brotherston
Bruce Wallace Brotherston

Bruce Wallace Brotherston (August 12, 1877-April 17, 1947) was a Universalist minister, author, and educator. After 16 years in the ministry he went on to teach philosophy, religious education, and philosophy of religion at St. Lawrence University and Tufts College for twenty-one more years.

Hall, Franklin Oliver

Frank Oliver Hall
Frank Oliver Hall

Frank Oliver Hall (March 19, 1860-October 18, 1941) was an inspiring preacher and social gospeler who founded the Universalist Commission on Social Service. He served thirty-five years as minister of the Church of the Divine Paternity in New York City, and taught homiletics for thirteen years at Crane Theological School, Tufts College.

Brownson, Orestes

Orestes BrownsonOrestes Augustus Brownson (Sept. 16, 1803-April 17, 1876) as a maverick Universalist and Unitarian minister, then an independently-minded journalist, essayist, and critic, was a wide-ranging commentator on politics, religion, society, and literature with connections to the Transcendentalist movement. Disillusioned with liberal religion and radical politics, in 1844 he converted to Roman Catholicism and became a Catholic intellectual, a constitutional conservative, and a fierce critic of Protestantism.…

Austin, John Mather

John Mather Austin
John Mather Austin

John Mather Austin (September 26, 1805-December 20, 1880) was a preeminent Universalist clergyman, editor, author and social activist in New York State, whose most prolific period was the three decades surrounding the Civil War.

The son of Benjamin and Jerusha Mather Austin, he was descended from the New England cleric Increase Mather.

Harrison, Alice Mildred

Alice Mildred Harrison
Alice Mildred Harrison

Alice Mildred Harrison (July 27, 1906-June 13, 1989), a religious educator, was a pioneering leader and organizer of youth programming and activities for the Universalist Church of America, the Council of Liberal Churches, and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Billings, Mary

Mary BillingsMary Charlotte Ward Granniss Webster Billings (July 11, 1824-March 2, 1904) was a Universalist author, activist, and hymn writer. The wife of two Universalist ministers, she herself was ordained in 1892. Kind and generous, she exemplifies the nineteenth-century liberal missionary zeal that spread Universalism to the west.…

Bisbee, Herman

Herman Bisbee
Herman Bisbee

Herman Bisbee (October 29, 1833-July 6, 1879) is best known as the only American Universalist minister to have been found guilty of heresy. After losing his Universalist fellowship, he became a Unitarian.

Herman was one of eight children of a Universalist farming family in West Derby (now Newport), Vermont.

Gage, Frances Dana Barker

Frances Dana Barker Gage
Frances Dana Barker Gage

Frances Dana Barker Gage (October 12, 1808-November 10, 1884), a lecturer, political activist, journalist, and novelist, was an outspoken advocate of women’s rights, temperance, and abolition before and immediately after the Civil War.

Frances was born near Marietta, Ohio to frontier farmers Elizabeth Dana and Col.

Cone, Orello

Orello ConeOrello Cone (November 16, 1835-June 23, 1905), a Universalist minister and scholar, was a professor at the Theological School of St. Lawrence University and president of the Universalist Buchtel College. According to historian¬†Russell Miller, “the greatest denominational contributions to religious scholarship in the late nineteenth century were made by Orello Cone in the field of Biblical criticism.”…

McCollester, Lee Sullivan

Lee Sullivan McCollester
Lee Sullivan McCollester

Lee Sullivan McCollester (June 5, 1859-December 26, 1943) was a Universalist minister, Professor of Religious Literature and Chaplain at Tufts College (now University), and the third Dean of its Crane Theological School. During his tenure he revitalized the school, reformed its curriculum to emphasize the practical side of ministry, and increased the size of the student body.

Atwood, John Murray

John Murray Atwood
John Murray Atwood

John Murray Atwood (September 25, 1869-November 4, 1951), a Universalist minister, educator, and denominational leader, served, for 37 years, as dean of the Canton Theological School of St. Lawrence University.

John (called Murray by his family) was born in a part of Brockton that is now in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.