A Long Strange Trip (not the 1970s Grateful Dead reference) is a documentary series on DVD, all about Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists! This six-part series (seven, since we’re including a bonus film at the end!) will be offered “Watch Party” style via Zoom, each episode with two viewing options.
As UUs today, we are part of this long strange trip ourselves, from 2000 years ago and the birth of liberal religion, to humanism, and onto our present-day faith grounded by our commitment to make a better world together.
So come, learn about you! And U, and U, and UU, too.
Zoom Links We will have just one Zoom link for all viewing options throughout the series.
Zoom Link: A Long Strange Trip
Meeting ID: 868 0033 0273
Long Strange Trip Part I: In The Beginning… Explores the roots of liberal religious thought prior to the Reformation, including heretics such as Jan Hus and concluding with the life of Michael Servetus.
• Wednesday, October 14th, 6:30pm – 8:15pm
• Thursday, October 15th, 2:00pm – 3:45pm
Long Strange Trip Part II: The Birth of Unitarianism…Chronicles how Servetus’s message influenced David Ferenc in Transylvania and led to the formation of the first coherent Unitarian theology. Tracks this theology as it spreads to Poland and on, west across Europe towards the Netherlands and England. Discusses the work of Theophilus Lindsey and Joseph Priestly in forming an organized English Unitarianism.
• Wednesday, October 28th, 6:30pm – 8:15pm
• Thursday, October 29th, 2:00pm – 3:45pm
Long Strange Trip Part III: American Unitarianism…Talks about the development of Unitarianism in the United States from 1620 through the death of Theodore Parker in 1860. Details the three separate Unitarian faiths—the Socinianism of Joseph Priestley, the Arianism of William Ellery Channing and the Transcendentalism of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Theodore Parker.
• Wednesday, November 11th, 6:30pm – 8:15pm
• Thursday, November 12th, 2:00pm – 3:45pm
Long Strange Trip Part IV: Universalism…Documents the development of Universalism from the early German and English pietists to John Murray, Elhanan Winchester, and Hosea Ballou. Details the unprecedented expansion of Universalist churches across the United States in the first half of the 19th century, and discusses why this movement began its precipitous decline after the death of Ballou in 1850.
• Wednesday, December 9th, 6:30pm – 8:15pm
• Thursday, December 10th, 2:00pm – 3:45pm (Break for winter holidays)
Long Strange Trip Part V: Evolution…Follows both Unitarianism and Universalism through the late 19th and early 20th centuries as they evolve from Christian bible-oriented religions to our present-day non-creedal movement. Discusses influences as diverse as the Civil War, Feminism and Suffrage, Darwin’s On the Origen of Species, and the Social Gospel.
• Wednesday, January 13th, 6:30pm – 8:15pm
• Thursday, January 14th, 2:00pm – 3:45pm
Long Strange Trip Part VI: The Hundred Year Waltz…Documents the century-long courtship between Unitarianism and Universalism that culminated in their merger in 1961. Follows Unitarian Universalism through its first half century and discusses where it may go from here.
• Wednesday, January 27th, 6:30pm – 8:15pm
• Thursday, January 28th, 2:00pm – 3:45pm
This concludes our six-session series on the development of Unitarian Universalism.
Highlight Film: Wilderness Journey…This documentary includes an unscripted, uncommented oral history of the so-called Black Empowerment Controversy, which almost destroyed the fledgling Unitarian Universalist Association in the late 1960s and early 1970s. First-hand testimonials of BUUC, BAC, FULLBAC, BAWA, the UUA Administration and Board of Trustees.
• Wednesday, February 10th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm*
• Thursday, February 11th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm*
*Wilderness Journey runtime is slightly longer than the history series, so adding 15 minutes for full discussion time