The Rev. Dr. Jay Atkinson retired in June 2011 from thirty-two years of service in Unitarian Universalist parish ministry. During those years he served also on the adjunct faculties of Morningside College (1985), Starr King School (1994, 1999, 2006), and Meadville Lombard (2003), and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Process Studies in Claremont in 1996.
Dr. Atkinson has published “Religious Tolerance and Social Concord in the Unitarian and Universalist Traditions” [Ideas of Concord and Discord in Selected World Religions, vol. 2 in Research in Human Social Conflict, ed. Joseph B. Gittler (Greenwich, Conn: JAI Press, 2000), 385-426] and “Engaged Dissent Among the Polish Brethren” [The Role of the Dissenter in Western Christianity: From Jesus Through the 16th Century, ed. Alicia McNary Forsey (Berkeley: Starr King, 2004), 85-96].
Presentations at scholarly conferences include “Religious Pluralism as a Response to Human Finitude: Christoff Ostorodt and the Polish Brethren” [Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 20-23 October 2005] and “The Church as a Self-Critical Learning Community: Some Sixteenth-Century Precursors of Creative Interchange in the Ecclesiology of the Polish Brethren,” Ecclesiology Session, Sixth International Whitehead Conference, Universität Salzburg, Austria, 3-6 July 2006].
Dr. Atkinson’s abiding interests are in UU History, economic justice, and process theology. His current scholarship focuses primarily on the epistemic ecclesiology of the Polish Brethren.