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June 4, 2019
7:00 PM
Watertown Savings Bank Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street

Watertown, MA 02472
Free and open to all.
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John Weiss: Watertown’s Flame of Fire

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

In celebration of WFPL's 150th anniversary, Rev. Mark Harris will give a special talk on the legacy of John Weiss. Called a “flame of fire” for his dramatic and prophetic style, the Rev. John Weiss was a controversial figure in 19th century Watertown. As a young minister, he was an outspoken advocate for the abolition of slavery and resigned from Watertown’s First Parish Church because of his views. After a ministry in New Bedford, Weiss returned to Watertown and developed new religious philosophy of scientific naturalism. His beliefs caused a firestorm of religious and political radicalism. Always a supporter of Watertown’s schools and library, Weiss was the first chairman of WFPL’s Board of Trustees.

Rev. Harris is retiring as minister at First Parish after 23 years. An author and historian of Unitarian Universalism, he has also served as Director of Information for the Unitarian Universalist Association. Presented by WFPL and the Historical Society of Watertown.