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Meg Richardson

Assistant Professor of Unitarian Universalist History
Director of the Certificate in Unitarian Universalist Studies

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since

Descendent of an 18th-century circuit-riding Universalist preacher, Dr. Richardson has studied the Unitarian Universalist living tradition in both the United States and Great Britain and was mentored by scholars including Conrad Wright, James Luther Adams, and Sheridan Gilley. In addition to teaching UU History and Polity, Dr. Richardson serves as Associate Dean of the Faculty and Director of the UU Studies Certificate program. Her scholarship on Cardinal John Henry Newman’s family appears in The Oxford University Handbook of John Henry Newman (2018).

Dr. Richardson’s teaching philosophy is informed by Starr King School for the Ministry’s commitment to educate to counter oppression, to cultivate multireligious life and learning, and to create just and sustainable communities. SKSM aims to educate the whole person in the service of love, compassion, and justice; through excellence and depth in religious studies.

Degrees and Certifications

PhD, Durham University 1994

Certificate in Theology, Manchester College Oxford University, 1991

MDiv, Harvard Divinity School, 1988

BA, University of Chicago, 1984

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Unitarian Universalist History 
  • Unitarian Universalist Polity 
  • Nineteenth Century British Nonconformism
  • Unitarian Universalist Theology
  • Unitarian Universalist Social Justice
Selected Publications
  • “Chapter Four: Newman And His Brothers” The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman, Oxford University Press, 2018 (
  • “Theophilus Lindsey The Apology of Theophilus Lindsey, MA, on Resigning the Vicarage of Cattarick, Yorkshire (1774)” “James Martineau Christianity without Priest, and without Ritual (1839)” “Francis William Newman Why Do I Not Call Myself A Christian? (1867) A Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism Volume One:From the Beginnings to 1899, Skinner House Books, 2017
  • Review of Black Walden by Elise Lemire, The Journal of Unitarian Universalist History, Volume XL, 2016-2017
Courses Taught
  • UU History 
  • Baltimore Immersion 
  • History of UU Prophetic Witness 
  • UU Polity 
  • Transcendentalism in the US and UK