I should not like to preach to a congregation who all believed as I believe. I would as lief preach to a basket of eggs in their smooth compactness and oval formality
E. H. Chapin (Edwin Hubbell Chapin) (Universalist, minister)
Cannot you conceive that another man may wish well to the world and struggle for its good on some other plan than precisely that which you had laid down?
Nathaniel Hawthorne (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, author)
Our hearts are a rainbow of varied dye,
Blended as softly as that of the sky
Sarah Edgerton Mayo, “To My Sisters” (Universalist, poet, author)
What I know about being inclusive, crossing from culture to culture to culture, learning the language of diversity, is that it’s the work of a lifetime. It is hard to accept people who are not like you, who do not talk the way you do, or believe the things you believe, or dress or vote as you do. It is even harder to appreciate them, for the things about them that are not like you…the truth is this: if there is no justice, there will be no peace…and if we cannot bring justice into the small circle of our individual lives, we cannot hope to bring justice to the world.
Rosemary Bray McNatt (Unitarian Universalist, minister)
God gives different gifts, different kinds of faith to different people. Therefore, we dare not try to change another person’s faith. It is God’s gift to them…Francis David knew that faith cannot be given by bishops, neither can it be take away by dictators
Carl Scovel (Unitarian Universalist, minister)
The oppression of any people for opinion’s sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.
Hosea Ballou (Universalist, minister, controversialist)