Tranformation: If They Say No, I’ll Go Anyhow

The first Black Unitarian Minister, the Rev. Egbert Ethelred Brown, started a Unitarian congregation in Jamaica in 1908 before moving to Harlem in 1920, where he founded the Harlem Community Church. The AUA provided sporadic financial support, then took away his ministerial fellowship in 1929. His story highlights our faith’s failures—and Brown’s resilience in the face of racism within the American Unitarian Association. Service led by Rev. Teri Schwartz with Service Associate Clare-Marie Wall.

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