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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 696

Green, Robert. Papers,


Papers of Unitarian Universalist minister Robert Green, including biographical information, sermons, plays, worship materials, unpublished manuscipts and writings, and church newsletters. The papers span 1961-2002.


  • 1961-2002.



There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


12 boxes

The bulk of this collection consists of Green’s sermons. A number of the sermons also include an order of service which indicates when and where that particular sermon was delivered. Reverend Green arranged his sermons alphabetically according to subject, and that is how they are filed in this collection. This collection also includes correspondence; orders of service from Green's ordination, installation, and memorial; worship materials and writings; and plays which were edited and arranged by Green to be performed as part of a service. Also included are two unpublished book manuscripts, as well as research notes for a novel about Michael Servetus.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Edward Green (September 30, 1934-January 15, 2003) was born in San Francisco, California. He received his Associate of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1954, and his JD from Hastings College of Law in 1958. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1959, and after a short stint as a lawyer decided to become a Unitarian Universalist minister. He received his BD from Crane Theological School in 1963, and was ordained the same year at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Saugus, Massachusetts, where he had served as a student minister. Over the next two years he was minister at the First Universalist Church in North Olmstead, Ohio, after which he spent a year in Tokyo, Japan as an emissary of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Japan Free Religious Association. From 1967-1970 he served the All Souls Church in Brattleboro, Vermont, and from 1970-1974 the Unitarian Universalist Church in Lansing, Michigan. In 1974 he received a call from the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton, California, where he stayed until his retirement in 1997, after which he continued to serve as Minister Emeritus. His writings include unpublished manuscripts on biblical interpretation; the history of Unitarian Universalism; and the beginning of a novel about the life of Michael Servetus.


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Biographical information
  2. Series II. Sermons
  3. Series III. Unpublished manuscripts and writings
  4. Series IV. Worship materials, dedications, and installations
  5. Series V. Plays and scripts
  6. Series VI. Church newsletters

Acquisition Information

Gift of Carole Green, 2008.

General note

The number after the slash in each entry in the following list indicates the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Hoffmann and Joseph Florez.

Green, Robert. Papers, 1961-2002: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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