This grates a bit….
Forrest Church, the most well-known Unitarian Universalist minister of the 20th centuryfound in RevThom: Sermon: "The Transient and Permanent in Life" (Delivered 7-29-12)
I grew up in Preston Bradley’s Chicago and would hear him on the radio or TV so he gets my vote on the most well known (his pic on the right) Via the PB Center,
He was one of the first pastors to preach to a national radio audience, and holds the record for the longest continuously running religious radio broadcast – some 50- plus years.And he left us this legacy….
At least from the time of Bradley’s coming, PC’s theology has been liberal, which we today call progressive, following generally the track of what the eminent New York Baptist theologian Walter Rauschenbusch denominated “Social Christianity,” the underlying tenet of which is to work not toward the goal of saving souls, but toward promoting God’s domain here on earth by promoting equality of opportunity, decent living conditions, respect, and social equality for all.I think Bradley’s in a different league.
From the beginning, Bradley’s orientation was to social justice, and he surrounded himself in controversy, taking on issues of the day, beginning with freedom of speech. Although a friend of both William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, Bryan (a minister) was never invited to preach at Peoples Church, but Darrow (a lawyer) received and accepted four such invitations. As mentioned above Bradley marched with both Jane Addams and Martin Luther King, and publicly took on the Ku Klux Klan in his sermons.
Other contenders here? I’m open to hear ‘em.