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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 699

Lion, Felix Danford. Sermons, 1940-2001.

This collection consists of Roger Lion's sermons. The sermons span 1940-2001.


  • 1940-2001.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


7 boxes

This collection consists of sermons, which are arranged chronologically. Many of the sermons deal with current social issues, and they question the restrictions of tradition and invite civic responsibility and the exercise of personal freedoms. The sermons include references to the chaos and fear experienced during World War II, the disruption of cultural ties as an outcome of the Cold War, and the rise of corporations and their effects on individual rights. A strong defense of the United Nations and a high hope for permanent world peace are recurring points of discussion.

Biographical / Historical

The Rev. Felix Danford Lion (1914-2008) was born in Berlin, Massachusetts, and died in Victoria, British Columbia. His parents were Isabella Ferraris Lion and Unitarian Universalist minister Herman F. Lion. He attended DePaul University before transferring to the University of Chicago. After his graduation in 1936 he enrolled at Meadville Theological School and received a BD degree in 1938. In 1966 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry and was president of the school's board from 1971 to 1973. During his 47-year-long ministry he served many Unitarian Universalist congregations, which included: the First Unitarian Society in Newton, Massachusetts (1938-1940); the First Unitarian Society in Lawrence, Massachusetts (1940-1945); the Adams Memorial Unitarian Church in Dunkirk, New York (1945-1949); the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, California (1949-1972); the Community Church of New York, New York (1972-1975); the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, New York (1975-1981); and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Victoria, British Columbia (1981-1986). Apart from his ministerial duties Lion held several denominational offices, including that of secretary-treasurer to the Essex Unitarian Conference and treasurer of the Unitarian Fellowship for Social Justice. A strong voice for labor relations, civil liberties, and race relations, he worked in 1963 in Mississippi and Alabama with the NAACP, SNNCC, and Dr. Martin Luther King. He also participated in the freedom marches in Selma, Alabama, and Washington, D.C. Later he was founding member and president of the Vancouver Island Coalition for Human Rights and was a member of the International Association for Religious Freedom.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Roger Lion, 2009.

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 Jose Sanchez, 2010.
Link to catalog
Lion, Felix Danford. Sermons, 1940-2001: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological 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.

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