Heroes without Halos

In the 1950s and 1960s in the states that had a century earlier attempted secession, new Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist congregations were emerging. These congregations and their members often found themselves aligning with the contemporaneous Black-led struggle focused in the South to expand access to civil and human rights. Meet half a dozen of our people, women and men, Black and White, lay and clergy, who lived their religious values in the South in spite of what it could cost them. And the costs could be as high as shotgun slugs embedded for life in one’s shoulder, or years of exile from the country. Their lived values suggest the power that Unitarian Universalism can have when it is consciously and conscientiously applied to daily life choices and clear social issues.