This Sunday’s Service – Unitarian Universalist Salvation Theology: From Ballou to Thandeka

April 9 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard and Lois Markham


We can learn a lot through Soteriology; the theological study of salvation. Here we’ll explore two Unitarian Universalist theologians: Hosea Ballou from the 19th century and Thandeka, our contemporary. Unitarian preacher, Theodore Parker said this about the Universalist preacher, Hosea Ballou, “He went through the land proclaiming this great truth (about Universal Salvation), and he has wrought a revolution in the thoughts and minds of men more mighty than any which has been accomplished during the same time by all the politicians of the nation.” Some might say the same today about Unitarian Universalist minister Thandeka and her perspective on racism as explored in her book “Learning to Be White: Money, Race and God in America.” As we openly examine the racial justice work we do, can Thandeka’s pioneering work on the origins of racism offer Unitarian Universalists a new view of universal salvation?