The Content of Their Character

The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day, we become seekers.

Peter Matthiessen

Yesterday was Farley’s book signing party and the room was packed with people who heard him answer some interview questions, hear several people read excerpts from his book, and for him to – of course – sign the copies they purchased.  That was rather a slow process as a 97-year old signs somewhat more slowly than a younger author, and also because Farley knew just about everyone who attended and had to write something personal for each.  His book is called Twice-Told Tales (published by Shelfstealers, Inc.) and it’s a collection of his favorite sermons from his 50+ year career as a Unitarian Universalist minister.  Many have a contemporary ring to them because, as he says, nothing’s changed.

The title of this post comes from a sermon Farley delivered in 2001 to the UU Fellowship in San Miguel on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth.  Farley had marched with King in the U.S. south and they had formed a relationship such that King was to give a talk at Farley’s new church in Cleveland; he never gave it as he was assassinated the week before the scheduled speech.

Farley still asks tough questions, he still has strong opinions, he still has an open mind on many matters.

He sold more than 40 books.

Humanism/Stephen Fry


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