Patriotism is not only a legitimate sentiment, but a duty... We cannot more efficiently labor for the good of all... than by pledging heart, brain, and hands to the services of keeping our country true to its mission, obedient to its idea...
The world waits to see the quality and energy of our patriotism. The book of our country's history... is handed to us, that we may inscribe there the records of its glory, or its shame.
THE REV. THOMAS STARR KING (1824-1864)
Eloquent Universalist-Unitarian minister who served the First Unitarian
Church of San Francisco from 1860 to 1864. His speaking tours in California
helped secure the state's alliance with the Union during the U.S. Civil
War. This passage from "Patriotism", a speech King gave in Boston
in 1851, appears in his book, Patriotism and Other Papers (1864).
The Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, California, founded 100
years ago this fall, was renamed the Starr King School for the Ministry
in his honor in 1941. This passage was read by Arliss Ungar, a former
school trustee, during the school's commencement in May.
features SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2004 · VOL
XVIII NO 5
War, politics, media, and advertising all contribute to an atmosphere of fear.Resetting the worry alarm
Where Did Our Time Go?
Let's take back our time
General Assembly 2004
The UUA's annual convention reaches out to non-UUs, welcomes a new leader, and condemns torture and abuses of civil liberties.
Cover by Charles Barsotti.
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