William Ellery Channing

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William Ellery Channing was a Unitarian preacher who had an influence on the New England Transcendentalist movement. He was the grandson of Signer William Ellery.

Channing held that a belief in the dignity and worth of human nature, the right and ability of each person to perceive truth, and the indwelling God in each person.[1]


  1. Stephen P. Shoemaker, "The Theological Roots of Charles W. Eliot's Educational Reforms," Journal of Unitarian Universalist History 2006-2007 31: 30-45,