John Haynes Holmes (1879-1964) was a Unitarian minister who was instrumental in defining Unitarianism’s political work: He was a co-founder of the Unitarian Fellowship for Social Justice, as well as the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). Holmes is also remembered for promoting pacifism and the works of Mahatma Gandhi, and for bringing the ideas of other religions to Unitarianism.
“True happiness is not t o be found in idleness and ease, in satisfying lightsome interests which pass as shadows on the grass, but rather in “crowded hours—without a name.” —Holmes
The portrait is a contemporary bas-relief portrait, cast in brass and mounted on mahogany. An identical cast hangs in the Community Church of New York, Unitarian Universalist. The artist is unknown. The plaque, dedicated to Holmes has this inscription: “Social Activist, Champion of Liberal Religion, Modernist in Thought and Deed.”