Chapter 1: The Unitarian Universe

Shaped from the clay of human nature and forged in the passion of burning ideals, the world in which Unitarians lived for the better part of two centuries is animated by paradox. From its welcoming heaven, open to all souls regardless of income or pedigree, to its earthly profession of tolerance, freedom, fairness, and boundless love, their vision of what the Creator had wrought is both more and less than a blueprint of how its architects actually live. Here the women who keep the planet turning—sacrificing to keep churches running and rearing the next generations of clergy—are prone to feel like outsiders looking in from a parallel universe.