Orestes Augustus Brownson (1803–1876) was a New England intellectual and activist, preacher, labor organizer, and noted Catholic convert and writer. Brownson was a publicist, a career which spanned his affiliation with the New England Transcendentalists through his subsequent conversion to Roman Catholicism.
Father Jones was raised Unitarian and Congregationalist in New Hampshire. His parents were active and alive intellectually. From them he learned authority and obedience. In high school he became active in the Episcopal Church. After graduating from Yale University, he entered seminary and was ordained an Episcopal priest, later joining the Anglican religious community known […]
Father Philip grew up in a happy middle class family. His parents were searchers who raised him in a Unitarian congregation. As a teen, he rebelled and ran from God. Reading Aldous Huxley led him to believe that he could have mystical experiences through drugs. The positive influence of some professors in college let him […]
Thomas was brought up Catholic. As an adolescent he began to think that the only way he could discover ultimate truth was through science. Through the study of physics he hit a dead end and became a militant atheist. He began to attend a Unitarian congregation. The pastor asked him if he wanted to be […]
Eric grew up in the Unitarian-Universalist church. In his Sunday school, he wasn’t taught about God but about equality of people, democracy, searching for truth, human reason, pro-choice and Darwinian evolution. He thought Jesus was just a myth and that prayer was a waste of time. Things began to change after he met Wendy, his […]
Terry was reared in as a Disciples of Christ. As a young woman she was pulled into the counter culture movement of the 1960’s. She became involved in many New Age activities. Later she was a Unitarian. A Methodist friend invited her to attend a Catholic retreat with him. At that retreat she encountered the […]