I Ask No Monument: The Legacy of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Poet and orator Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911), a Unitarian and an abolitionist, was one of the first African-American women to be published in the United States. Her legacy, like Robert Wedderburn’s, disrupts notions that Unitarian Universalism is an intrinsically White theological tradition and, instead, calls for questions about why our institutions have so long been predominantly White.

About our guest speaker: The Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen has served, first in an interim and now in a developmental capacity, as the Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston since 2018. He earned his PhD in American Studies from Harvard University and his MDiv from Meadville Lombard Theological School, and has held non-residential fellowships with Rice and Princeton Universities. A scholar and a social justice activist, he’s pleased to be back in Santa Barbara. You can read his blog and find out more about his current projects at www.colinbossen.com.

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