Biographical / Historical
After his retirement in 1986, he served as Interim Minister at the Benevolent Fraternity of Unitarian Universalist Churches in Boston, MA; the Pacific Unitarian Church of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Church of Strongsville, OH; Olmstead Unitarian Universalist Church in Olmstead, OH; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise, AZ; and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, Long Island, NY. From 1993 to 2001 Cole worked on an oral history of the UU merger, compiling interviews with ministers. The work was published in 1997 under the title An Oral History of the Consolidation of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America and the Creation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. In 2005, Meadville Lombard Theological School and the University of Chicago awarded him an honorary doctorate.
Throughout his life, Cole worked on behalf of human rights and the world community. He assisted in the organization of housing for children displaced and orphaned in Germany after World War II, he served as a delegate at conferences of the International Association for Religious Freedom in Belgium and Transylvania, and he worked both in Prague and the United States to help reorganize and revitalize Prague’s Unitarian Universalist community. Cole died on June 27, 2011.
- Series I. Sermons
- Series II. Ministerial work
- Series III. Writings and addresses
- Series IV. Bulletins and newsletters
- Series V. Humiliati, Fraters, and other organizations
- Series VI. UU Merger Oral History
- Series VII. Biographical and personal material
- Cole, David H. Papers, 1933-2001: A Finding Aid.
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