Our Own Transcendentalist

Rev. Barry Andrews (speaking on Sunday, December 30) is a retired UU minister emeritus, an internationally recognized and honored Transcendentalist scholar and author, and an active┬ámember of Cedars. In his own words, he says: “I write and teach not as a theologian or academic, but as a minister and spiritual seeker within the Unitarian Universalist religious tradition. My own faith and spiritual practice has been shaped by an ever-deepening appreciation of the ideas and example of the writers, activists, and spiritual practitioners of the Transcendentalist movement, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller. I have preached, written, and taught classes on Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalist spirituality for the past thirty years. I believe more strongly than ever that there is a perennial wisdom in these writers and that they can be helpful guides for us in the cultivation of our own souls.”

Three of his popular books are: Emerson as a Spiritual Guide, A Dream too Wild, and Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul.