Saturday, September 15, 2007

picture from yad vashem

here's a picture of me in front of the names of Waitstill and Martha Sharp on the memorial wall at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Waitstill was a Unitarian minister. He and Martha, on behalf on the Unitarian Service Committee (this was before the merger) went to Prague in the 1930's to help refugees trying to escape from the gathering Nazi threat. The flaming chalice symbol that Unitarian Universalists use in our worship service was originally a logo that the Sharps had designed to assist them in their work by making the paperwork they created look more official.

Here's a good link to read the fascinating story of the Unitarian couple and their good work. Boston Globe 2005 article. It was a proud moment for me to kneel by their names.

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