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Being Liberal in an Illiberal Age

Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist, Second Edition

Jack Mendelsohn

A 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 McLennan.

Jack 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 Unitarian Universalism.

Praise for Being Liberal in an Illiberal Age:

"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 President, 1985-1993

"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 Larger Fellowship

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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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