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[275] a constant rotation of sects to speak to you, the moral purpose of the whole Union at your service, if you gain nothing else from it, brothers.

I think it was a Unitarian critic, a member of a church whose right to the name of “church” every other sect denies, that said of you, “Theodore Parker did not leave a church, he only left a ‘ Fraternity.’ ” The great Master said, “One is your Master, and all ye are brethren.” I do not know what better name could be taken by His followers than “Fraternity.”

If you gain nothing else from your pulpit, you will gain this,--courage. You will unfold in your natures a courage to listen to every man. You will be able to say to yourselves, “I know I am right, I know why I am right, and I dare to listen to the best that any man can say against me,” --and that is the corner-stone of character, which is better than intellect; that is the cornerstone of manhood, which is next to Godhood, and the nearest that we can come to it.

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