Between 1948 and 1967, Unitarianism experienced a greater increase in numbers of members than at any other period in our history. One third of these people came in through lay-led fellowships organized under the banner of the Fellowship Movement.
By 1958, 323 fellowships had been organized, representing 12,500 members. The Fellowship Movement was guided by Ray Call, minister-at-large, and Munroe Husbands, a lay leader.
Husbands has been described as the driving force behind the Fellowship Movement, a tireless advocate, listener, and supporter of fledgling fellowships from coast to coast.
In 1973 he received the UUA’s Award for Distinguished Service, in recognition of his role as “circuit rider of mid-20th century, organizer of more UU congregations than any one person in our history”.