In "What Moves Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
There is an immortal desire in every soul for... happiness. — Hosea Ballou, in A Treatise on Atonement
This workshop introduces Hosea Ballou's Theology of Happiness. The workshop tests the relevance of Ballou's theological legacy for our religious lives as Unitarian Universalists today. Ballou was the most influential and singularly important Universalist preacher, public theologian, editor, author, and pastor in 19th-century America. He believed human happiness is a mandate of liberal faith. We have a God-given right to be happy, Ballou insisted. Do you agree?
Before leading this workshop, review the Accessibility Guidelines for Workshop Presenters found in the program Introduction.
Preparing to lead this workshop
Read the Hosea Ballou entry in the Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography. Read the Story, "Hosea Ballou's Converstion," Handout 1, Introducing Hosea Ballou, and Handout 2, Excerpt from A Treatise on Atonement, a selection from early Universalist leader Hosea Ballou's most influential work. Use these questions to help you understand the passages in the handout. You may wish to write your responses in your theology journal.
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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
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