Divinity School: James Luther Adams in Unitarian Universalist History


Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00pm


Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave., Cambridge, MA

Sponsor Harvard Divinity School and the James Luther Adams Foundation

Contact HDS Office of Academic Affairs: 617.495.4513


From the Commission of Appraisal in 1936 to the Black Empowerment impulse of the 1960s, James Luther Adams was a significant shaper of Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist institutions. And as a social ethicist, he helped envision the new national and international institutions that emerged in the post-World War II period. Professor Dan McKanan’s lecture will explore the way Adams translated his theological and ethical vision into institutional practice, seeking insights that might help religious liberals respond faithfully to the institutional crises of the twenty-first century.