- He headed the committee that lobbied Congress to place nuclear power under civilian control instead of military.
- He was responsible for the total racial integration of public restaurants in Washington.
- The intensity of his opposition against bigotry was more than racial, leading him to preach against anti-Semitism, not merely that of Nazi Germany, but in this country as well.
- He headed campaigns in post-war Washington to feed the starving Europeans and to deal with Washington slums.
- He not only defended the right of atheists to teach, but proposed that every campus should have at least one on its faculty.
The cold war dominated post-war politics, and he attacked the left and the right in the communist controversy during the McCarthy era in the name of rock-bottom democratic values.
Prior to the union of Universalism with Unitarianism (which took place in 1961 after his death), he helped to shape the Unitarian faith as we know it today.: "...it simply is not true that one can believe anything and be a Unitarian. This is not what creedlessness means. One cannot be a racist and a Unitarian; be a Nazi and a Unitarian; a polygamist and a Unitarian; a bigot and a Unitarian. In our zeal for growth, we must not sacrifice the character of our movement as a rational, idealistic, ethical religion. Everybody is not, and cannot be a Unitarian regardless of their unethical behavior or prejudicial beliefs."
In the Washington Post, he was eulogized as "...militantly in the forefront of every assault upon intolerance and racial discrimination and injustice. Convenience and convention never silenced him. ...He was, among all the members of his calling, the most resolute and indomitable champion of righteousness as he saw it and the brotherhood of man."
We have an extensive archives of his sermons, some of which are here, and others still to come. back to top
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