Growing up in Lexington, MA, a fifth-generation Unitarian, Dana McLean Greeley (1908-1986) was fully immersed in Unitarianism. He became the president of YPRU (Young People's Religious Union, a precursor to YRUU) at age 23, attended Harvard Divinity School, and became ordained as a Unitarian minister in 1932. He then went on to serve at the Lincoln, MA and Concord, NH Unitarian churches before he was called to serve the historic Arlington St. Church at age 27. In 1958, he was elected President of the American Unitarian Association, and saw the Association through the merger with the Universalist Church of America. Greeley also served two terms as the first president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and then went on to serve at First Parish in Concord, MA.
Among Greeley’s many other noteworthy deeds are his enthusiastic assistance with the conscientious objector movement in the Vietnam War, the formation of the precursor to the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, and assistance in the formation of the World Conference of Religion and Peace and the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF).