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A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
The plaque reads: “The world is now too dangerous for anything but truth. Too small for anything but brotherhood.”
Religion is not something separate and apart from ordinary life. It is life–life of every kind viewed from the standpoint of meaning and purpose: life lived in the fuller awareness of its human quality and spiritual significance. – A. Powell Davies
Dr. A. Powell Davies, for whom the Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church is named, was a great minister, speaker, and leader of Unitarianism, spurring growth in the denomination in the 1950’s. He was also a renowned social and political activist, as well as an author. Davies, who had previously been a Methodist minister, began his career as a Unitarian minister in 1933 in Summit, New Jersey. It culminated at All Souls Church in Washington, DC from 1944 until his untimely death in 1957.
During his ministry at All Souls Church, his social and political activism, spurred by his religious convictions, included the following activities.:
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.
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|SERMONS BY A. POWELL DAVIES|
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05/27/43 – THE FAITH BEHIND FREEDOM
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