A Martyr Soul Remembered Commemorating the 450th Anniversary of the Death of Michael Servetus


Edited by Clifford M. Reed. xxii, 240
pp includes references and index
ISBN (paperback): 0-9723134-1-9

Publication price £12
plus £1.20 postage & packaging

New publication from the International Council of Unitarians & Universalists

For four days in October 2003, Unitarian Universalists from Europe and North America met in Geneva to commemorate Michael Servetus – theologian, physician and martyr for religious freedom.

This is the record of that meeting.

Peter Hughes, from the US, offers a highly original theological consideration of Servetus’ place in the Unitarian Universalist tradition. Elek Rezi’s Transylvanian view gives the lie to the oft-repeated claim that Servetus had no lasting impact in his own time. Andrew Hill, from Edinburgh, asks if ‘UU’ origins didn’t actually owe more to Calvin than to Servetus.

Other contents include dramatic and devotional materials that enrich the remembrance. Excerpts come from plays penned by Henry Warburton Hawkes, Jane Rzepka, and contemporary Hungarian Andras Sütõ, and from meditations written by Cliff Reed, Unitarian minister in Ipswich.

As a conference participant wrote, ‘What was good about Geneva was that it brought Servetus and his thought and faith into our own time. It wasn’t just a dry repetition of well-rehearsed history.’ This book, with a Foreword by Jill McAllister, past president of the ICUU, brings that experience to a wider audience.

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) was founded in 1995 as a partnership of member groups in 20 countries: www.icuu.net.

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