9:30 am - 10:45 am

Diana Graham of the Red Cross will present with a video on the International Red Cross   She’ll talk to us about opportunities for volunteering. And go deep into the workings of this incredible organization — which UUs helped start!!! (don’t forget).  See origin story below.

Please click this LINK to join the Zoom session at 9:20 a.m. to participate in this wonderful talk at 9:30 a.m.

The Rev. Henry Whitney Bellows was in the pulpit, preaching to his Unitarian congregation in Manhattan, when word arrived that rebel forces had attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The American Civil War had begun.

Four days later, on April 25, 1861, a group of women—most of them members of Bellows’ Church of All Souls—gathered to organize an aid society for the volunteer soldiers gathering on Staten Island. They were concerned about the conditions in the soldiers’ camps, where spoiled goods, open latrines, poor bedding, and vermin threatened health. The women set to work making bandages and writing letters.

On April 29 they organized what would become the United States Sanitary Commission, which grew into “the largest, most powerful, and most highly organized philanthropic activity that had ever been seen in America,” according to historian George M. Frederickson, and provided the basis for the American Red Cross, founded 20 years later by a Universalist, Clara Barton.