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Parker Lecture: Steve Edington “Bring Your Own God: The Spirituality of Woody Guthrie” - Thursday, November 29th at 7PM


We are pleased to bring you this exciting Parker Lecture celebrating the Centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birthday. He was born in Okemah, Oklahoma in 1912. While primarily known for his involvement in the American labor movement in the pre-World War II years, and as the author/composer of This Land is Your Land, Guthrie also had a very eclectic and Universalist oriented religious and spiritual side to his life. He wrote a number of songs in this genre which he never set to music, but which have been given a musical score and sung by other artists. Rev. Steve Edington’s book Bring Your Own God: The Spirituality of Woody Guthrie explores this aspect of Woody’s life and work, and contains much of his writing from the Woody Guthrie Archives that has never heretofore been published.

This talk will feature live performance of some of the music of Woody Guthrie performed by Kathy Grossman, Dan Murphy and Harry Purkhiser.


Steve Edington Author Photo

Rev. Steve Edington is a Unitarian Universalist minister residing in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he served the UU Church of Nashua for 24 years before retiring. He is currently serving as the Interim Minister of the UU Church of Manchester, NH. He is a long-time member, and a former President, of the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee.

This event is free and open to the public and is brought to you as part of the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture series. For more information about the Lecture series and to find out about other events please visit their website at