July 7 – Church and State Separated and Two Lovers United – Gordon Gibson

On this weekend after the Fourth of July we’ll blend two fine American themes: the separation of church and state, and a touching love story. Gordon Gibson will be doing the blending by delving into Universalist history and drawing on the words of Judith Sargent Murray, an early Universalist and the first American to publish a defense of women’s rights.

Rev. Gordon Gibson, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister, has been active in TVUUC since he and Judy moved to Knoxville in 2006. He served for five years as President of the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society. He has achieved the status of a minor footnote in feminist and church history as the person who discovered the 20 blank books in which Universalist advocate for women’s equality, Judith Sargent Murray recorded her outgoing correspondence.