"There is no other way for you to arrive at the voice of God but by patient listening to your own conscience."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome to emersonsermons.com

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the famous Transcendentalist freethinker and major literary figure, began his public career as a Unitarian minister. This website is dedicated to his years in the ministry.

You will find on this site:

  • all of Emerson's extant sermons published in genetic text format;
  • an introduction to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Unitarian minister;
  • suggestions for further reading;
  • information about the Unitarian Universalist Association;
  • and a few Emerson-related sermons written by a 21st century Unitarian Universalist minister.

The genetic texts of Ralph Waldo Emerson's sermons on this website are published by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University. (See the appendix materials on this site for the relevant Houghton Library numbers.)

Grateful appreciation is also extended to Albert J. von Frank, the general editor of The Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson, for his generosity in making copies of these genetic texts available for this website.

I would also like to acknowledge with gratitude the careful and dedicated work of Albert J. von Frank and his fellow editors Teresa Toulouse, Andrew H. Delbanco, Ronald A. Bosco, Wesley T. Mott, who readied all of Emerson's sermons for print at long last. The doors opened for future Emerson scholarship as a result of the publication of The Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson by the University of Missouri Press, is both a reason to celebrate and an invitation to seize the great opportunity given us.



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