A Universalist Character from our Shared Past
"The minister’s group to which I belong, asked me to write a paper for our 114th annual meeting on John van Schaik, Jr., editor of the Universalist Leader. As editor of the "Leader" he was an opponent of the growing humanist presence in Universalism and Unitarianism as well as a strong Social Gospel presence. Von Schaik wrote a slim volume titled, "Characters in the Tales of the Wayside Inn" in which he attempted to identify the actual people Longfellow used in his book, "Tales of the Wayside Inn." Anyway, in an article in 1925 he wrote, "Th e one thing which characterizes practically all Universalists is their faith that 'what ought to be will be." I was asked to comment.
Rev Dr. Walt Wieder