An Unlikely Pilgrim
Several years ago, I embarked on a journey of discovery. Starting with a trip to the Unitarian and Universalist archives at Harvard, I began trying to piece together the puzzle of my father’s life. I was curious as to why a middle-aged Chicago utility worker, a family man with three children, would change life directions so radically. Not just once, but twice: first to take up the Unitarian ministry, then to pull up roots for a South American community modeled on early Christians.
Ray was an avid writer, and though we’ll never know his full story, he left behind a rich trove of letters and journals to help us understand what led him to the choices he made. Over the course of several years, I have been working to assemble these artifacts into a compelling book that recounts Ray’s story. For a fuller glimpse into this work-in-progress, click here to receive the book's introduction.
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As a teenager, Ed Sabin moved with his family to the Bruderhof in Paraguay, a Christian society of liberal-minded thinkers intent on living a life of true community. Since then he has traversed Northern Africa on a Puch motorbike, lived on a Missouri commune, crewed a sailboat from California to Mexico, fought world hunger in D.C., and, most recently, lived five months in Malawi. Today, Ed, a retired sociologist, can be found closer to home pursuing his passions for boating and doing his small bit to fight social injustice. He lives with his wife, Robbie, in Pasadena, Maryland.