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minister for over fifty years, Jack Mendelsohn’s Being
Liberal in an Illiberal Age explores
Unitarian Universalism as the ideal medium for carrying out liberal values. This
foundational work explores the distinguished roots of Unitarian Universalism,
how it came into being and the underlining factors that have drawn many leaders
to this liberal religious organization.
At a time when the religious right wing is the dominant voice in America,
Mendelsohn provides a powerful testimonial to the ideals and tradition of
liberal religion. Being
Liberal in An Illiberal Age is as
relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1964. This 2006 edition
features a new preface by the author and a foreword by Rev. Scott
Mendelsohn, minister emeritus of the
First Parish in Bedford, Massachusetts, was the thirteenth senior minister of
the historic Federal Street/Arlington Street Church in Boston from 1959 to 1969.
He is the 1997 recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of
"Being Liberal in an Illiberal Age
is as germane to the needs of our own time as it was to the time in which
it was first written. Perhaps that is not so surprising. Mendelsohn has always
been one of the most prescient expositors of our liberal faith. And the
principles he articulates so well in this classic text are themselves timeless."
—William F. Schulz, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA; UUA
"Being Liberal in an Illiberal Age is exactly the book we need in a
world that requires liberalism with a soul. Mendelsohn says it all—spiritually,
historically, sensitively and proudly."—Jane Rzepka, Minister, Church of the
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