- Copy Handout 1 for each participant.
Distribute Handout 1. Share brief biographical information about James Luther Adams from the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society’s online Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography:
James Luther Adams (November 12, 1901–July 26, 1994) was a Unitarian parish minister, social activist, journal editor, prolific author, and for more than 40 years a divinity school professor. Adams was the most influential theologian among 20th-century Unitarian Universalists and one of the finest 20th-century American liberal Christian theologians.
Invite participants to read the handout.
Use these questions to prompt a discussion:
- Which of James Luther Adams’ concepts resonates most deeply for you?
- What in the Five Smooth Stones reading do you find inspirational, meaningful, or otherwise helpful to you as a congregational leader?