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Fall 2022

Three Paths, One Way: Pentecostalism, Unitarian Universalism, and Intimations of Liberation

Classical Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Turn

Rev. Dr. David Breeden

Date: November 11, 2022 

Location: First Church Boston 

Respondent: Rev. Dr. Vanessa Gomez Brake, University of Southern California 

Modernism in the twentieth century decisively split Christianity into conservative and liberal camps. A century later, is a “common faith” even recognizable? 

The Great Awakenings, the Cane Ridge Revival, Azusa Street. Nowadays, millions in the United States and hundreds of millions in the larger world embrace charismatic movements, while liberal religious and post-Christian movements wither. Is “a great gulf fixed” between them, or might liberal traditions be missing something hidden in plain sight? 

Rev. Dr. David Breeden is Senior Minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. Raised Pentecostal, he discovered humanism as an adult.



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