The Rev. John Buehrens is minister of the First Parish in Needham, Massachusetts. He was president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations from 1993 to 2001. He is the co-author with Forrest Church of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism (Beacon, 1998). His most recent book is Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals (Beacon, 2002).