Biographical / Historical
Call was ordained to the Unitarian ministry in 1923, and served at the First Unitarian Church, Louisville, Kentucky from 1923-1930; the West Side Unitarian Church, New York, New York from 1930-1931; the Community Church, New York, New York from 1931-1933; and the All Souls Unitarian Church, Braintree, Massachusetts from 1933-1935. From 1935-1941 he served as the executive secretary of the Western Unitarian Conference in Chicago and the regional director of the American Unitarian Association (AUA) for Midwestern States. From 1941-1951 Call was a Minister-at-Large for the Department of Extension of the AUA. In this role, he gathered and organized thirteen new congregations, and for his work in developing the Unitarian Fellowship movement he became known as the “father of the Unitarian Fellowships.” In 1951 he founded the South Nassau Unitarian Church in Freeport, New York where he ministered for nine years. In 1959 Call received his DD from Meadville Theological School in Chicago, Illinois. He retired in 1960 but later served as an interim minister for fifteen years at four churches: Unitarian Church, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1962-1963; Unity Church, Unitarian, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1963-1964; First Unitarian Church, Dallas, Texas, 1965; and East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, Washington, 1966-1967.
Call was married twice, first in 1921 to Stevie Kennington, with whom he had one child, Marjorie Call Kimbrough. After Stevie Kennington died in 1933, he married Lucy Powers in 1945. He received the Annual Award for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Liberal Religion for the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1967.
- Call, Lon Ray. Papers, 1910-1979: A Finding Aid.
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