That image of early Unitarians as hoity-toity sophisticates convinced of their own superiority does not do them justice to them. William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842) was a "founding father" of North American Unitarianism, the most influential of the first generation of Unitarian ministers, and as "Boston elite" as they come. He was also renowned for his hospitality.
“gracious dignity, tolerance of all forms of character and opinion, and simple frankness, welcomed those who sought him to participation in his truth and peace.”Channing was known for his
“perfect sincerity, his cordial reception, his politeness and courtesy, his habitual attention to the wants and habits of others, the warm pressure of his hand.”We carry on today the legacy of a man so thoroughly devoted to hospitality.
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This is part 1 of 5 of "Radical Hospitality"
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