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a unison affirmation for Unitarian worship by Wallace W. Robbins (adapted)

Robbins was minister at Unity Church–Unitarian, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  There is a bronze plaque (among printed paper and other items) on which is printed “We dare not fence the spirit.”  This has been adapted by current co-ministers of the church, and was used recently at the annual worship service of the meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.

Ours is a church, which holds the dead in sacred memory,

and the living in a goodly fellowship.  We desire to live together

in such affection as will not allow us to feel threatened by our differences.

We dare not fence the spirit, nor close off the sincerity of conversation with which souls

must meet in religious association.  As others have their ways of religion, so do we have this

faith; and in honest difference, we order our lives together.

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