Olympia Brown: A Universalist Origin Story

In 1863, Olympia Brown was ordained as a Universalist minister, becoming the first woman to be ordained with the official approval of a national denomination. Her journey to win that right on behalf of women was beset by setbacks, scorn, and ridicule. Not only did she prevail, but she didn’t rest on those laurels: she turned her attention to the fight for women’s suffrage. What can we learn from this spiritual ancestor of ours about the struggle for justice and the creation of a new normal?