Polly Peterson

Polly Peterson is the author of Stirring the Nation’s Heart: Eighteen Stories of Prophetic Unitarians and Universalists of the Nineteenth Century as well as a number of biographical stories for the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curriculum. She is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a wide variety of educational publications. She is a member of First Parish in Concord, Massachusetts.

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This book belongs to the Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Series provided by the UUA Faith Development Office. Toolkit Books provide background knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance to program and lead UU faith development and to help us explore and live our faith in our congregations,...

Book | By Gail Forsyth-Vail, Polly Peterson | From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop
Tagged as: History

This book belongs to the Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Series provided by the UUA Faith Development Office. Toolkit Books provide background knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance to program and lead UU faith development and to help us explore and live our faith in our congregations,...

Book | By Polly Peterson | From Skinner House Books
Tagged as: America, History, Justice

This story is included in the second and third grade Tapestry of Faith curriculum, Faithful Journeys. "Mama, Mama, why do we just keep going and going and not going anywhere?" asked little Sophie. Her family was crossing the wide Pacific Ocean on a big ship bound for America. Sophie Lyon was an...

Handout | By Polly Peterson | February 7, 2013 | For Adults | From What Moves Us

Originally published in Stirring the Nation's Heart: Eighteen Stories of Prophetic Unitarians and Universalists of the Nineteenth Century (Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, 2010). In the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the year 1858, a young woman entered a...

Story | By Polly Peterson | January 19, 2012 | For Adults | From What We Choose
Tagged as: 6th Principle (World Community), Anti-Oppression, Brokenness, Caring, Character, Commitment, Conflict, Courage, Dignity, Equity, Ethics, Unitarianism

This is the story of Theodore Parker, a Unitarian minister who was determined to do whatever he could to end slavery in the United States. His powerful sermons were legendary. This is also the story of Millard Fillmore, whose actions earned him the contempt of Theodore Parker and abolitionists...

Story | By Polly Peterson | December 9, 2011 | For Adults | From The New UU
Tagged as: 6th Principle (World Community), Acceptance, America, Anti-Oppression, Challenge, Change, Choice, Compromise, Conflict, Conscience, Courage, Unitarianism

25-year-old Unitarian led the first regiment of free blacks in the Union Army.

By Polly Peterson | November 6, 2011 | From Ideas
Tagged as: UU Identity

"Mama, Mama, why do we just keep going and going and not going anywhere?" asked little Sophie. Her family was crossing the wide Pacific Ocean on a big ship bound for America. Sophie Lyon was an American girl, three and a half years old, making her first trip to America. She and her older brothers...

Story | By Polly Peterson | October 27, 2011 | For Children, Grades 2-3 | From Faithful Journeys
Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Education, Growth, History, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Unitarianism, Women

Back in 1836, when Augusta Jane Chapin was born, women rarely spoke in public. Most Americans considered it highly improper, especially if men were present. The idea of a woman minister was simply unthinkable to conventional minds of the time....

Story | By Polly Peterson | October 26, 2011 | For Children, Grade 6, Middle School | From Amazing Grace
Tagged as: God, Salvation, Universalism

Two famous twentieth-century Unitarians were James Luther Adams, born in 1901, and James Reeb, born in 1927....

Story | By Polly Peterson | October 26, 2011 | For Children, Grade 6, Middle School | From Amazing Grace
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 6th Principle (World Community), Commitment, Community, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Solidarity, Truth, Social Justice

A useful visual aid for this story is a map of the United States to show Reverend Wilkes extensive travel all over the country. Other visual aids might include pictures of Universalist circuit riders and pictures of frontier life and transportation modes of the mid-nineteenth century....

Story | By Polly Peterson | October 26, 2011 | For Children, Grades 4-5 | From Toolbox of Faith

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