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Baltimore's First Unitarian Church celebrates 200 years of history, activism

Baltimore's First Unitarian Church celebrates 200 years of history, activism

Above the dais in Baltimore's First Unitarian Church, 64,000 pieces of iridescent glass form to make an image of the Last Supper, featuring Jesus and the Holy Grail at the center of one of the world's largest Tiffany mosaics.

Just below the artwork, a relic of the church's Christian roots, are plaques representing Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism.

The church — founded 200 years ago this weekend — substitutes a search for personal truth, recognition of human dignity and pursuit of justice for religious dogma. The congregation fought for abolition and women's rights, taught poor children trades and supported soldiers returning from war.

Today, members...

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