Charles Street Meeting House poster

World Religious Symbols

From Boston’s Charles Street Meeting House
Kenneth L. Patton, Minister

This text is excerpted from Patton’s book A Religion for One World: Art and Symbols for a Universal Religion, Boston, Meeting House Press and Beacon Press, 1964.  The poster contains twelve of the original sixty-five symbols made for the Charles Street Meeting House.  Symbols design and construction led by Ralph Edlund, his sister, Charlotte Edlund, and Kenneth Patton. 

Click on one of the symbols on the poster to learn more about its history.


The Charles Street Universalist Meetinghouse was a cooperative venture of the Massachusetts Universalist Convention (under the leadership of the Rev. Clinton Lee Scott) and the gathered congregation.  Fifty-four of the symbols are on display at the Starr King School for Ministry in Berkeley, California.  The accompanying poster picturing twelve of the symbols is a project of the New York State Convention of Universalists (