No sooner had American Unitarians courageously defined themselves as clearly distinct from their orthodox roots and neighbors, than a new branch budded off of Unitarianism! The transcendentalist movement born in our tradition influences American thought and Unitarian Universalism to this day. Ralph Waldo Emerson, “the most recognized and (by many) revered figure in the Unitarian movement,” valued curiosity as overcoming fear
of non-conformity in order to stay ever open minded to the spirit of love, or as he would say it, “God.” His invitation remains.