Missed Opportunities: The Black Universalist Mission in Virginia

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Joseph Jordan, the first African American to be ordained as a Universalist minister, founded the First Universalist Church of Norfolk, Virginia in 1887 and led an ever-expanding educational effort for children of color in the region. The educational mission lasted nearly 100 years, but the church did not survive. What should the Universalist establishment have done differently? What lessons can we learn today from these missed opportunities of the past?