AUTHOR EVENT: Transcendentalism & the Cultivation of the Soul

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 3:00pm
First Parish Church in Concord, MA
UU Minister Emeritus Barry Andrews

Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul Author Book Reading

First Parish in Concord Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm

Rev. Dr. Barry Andrews will discuss his latest book, Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul.

American Transcendentalism is often viewed as a literary movement—a flowering of works written by New England intellectuals who retreated from society and lived in nature. In Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul, Barry M. Andrews focuses on a neglected aspect of this well-known group, showing how American Transcendentalists developed rich spiritual practices to nurture their souls and discover the divine. The practices are common and simple—among them, keeping journals, contemplation, walking, reading, simple living, and conversation. In approachable and accessible prose, Andrews demonstrates how Transcendentalism’s main thinkers, Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller and others, pursued rich and rewarding spiritual lives that inspired them to fight for abolition, women’s rights, and education reform. In detailing these everyday acts, Andrews uncovers a wealth of spiritual practices that could be particularly valuable today, to spiritual seekers and religious liberals. Published by the University of Massachusetts Press, Oct. 2017

Bainbridge Island author, Barry Andrews, has written Emerson as Spiritual Guide, Thoreau as Spiritual Guide, and edited anthologies of the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller. His most recent book is Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul, published by the University of Massachusetts Press. Dr. Andrews is an independent scholar and retired Unitarian Universalist minister with a longstanding interest in American Transcendentalism.

Books will be available for sale and signing. Sponsors: Transcendentalism Council and Thoreau Society. Contact Dianne Weiss at