Holmes, John Haynes

Holmes, John Haynes

Holmes, John Haynes, 1879-1964, American clergyman, b. Philadelphia, grad. Harvard, 1902, and Harvard Divinity School, 1904. For 42 years (1907-49) he was minister of the Community Church, New York City; in 1949 he became pastor emeritus. The church belonged to the Unitarian denomination until 1919, when it became nondenominational. The causes supported by Holmes's effective public addresses included the abolition of intolerance and of war. A founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and of the American Civil Liberties Union, he was long actively associated with both organizations. Among his many books are A Sensible Man's View of Religion (1932) and The Affirmation of Immortality (1947).

See his autobiography (1959); study by C. H. Voss (1964).

John Haynes Holmes (1879–1964) was a prominent Unitarian minister and pacifist, noted for his anti-war activism. He actually left the American Unitarian Association (AUA) in 1918 over differences in attitude towards World War I, but continued to preach at his church which retained its AUA membership and accepted membership again right before the Unitarians and Universalist churches merged. He graduated from Harvard in 1902 and then Harvard Divinity School in 1904. He married Madeleine Baker. They had two children, Roger and Frances. He helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) in 1909 and was a founder and later chair of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

He was a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award.

External links

  • Unitarian Universalist Biography


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