A word from Quillen Shinn

I ran across this tonight.

I see not why one ever things of being a Universalist minister, unless they are willing to go wherever called or enter every field where souls are hungry for our message. I may not have enough of this spirit, but this this I know, I hardly ever pass a schoolhouse without thinking there is somebody in this neighborhood who never heard our doctrine; how I would love to preach in that schoolhouse and make at least one soul happier. This I conceive to be the missionary spirit

Quillen Hamilton Shinn (1845-1907)

The irony is that this quotation was on the cover of a 1992 UUA packet entitled “Ministry Opportunities in the Department of Extension.” Neither the opportunities nor the department exist any longer.

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