Centuries ago, a group of mostly self-educated people in New England came to a startling realization. They read their Bible and found no evidence of eternal punishment for sins. They considered what it meant to believe in a loving God and rejected the idea of perpetual torment. They invented – not for the first or last time – the idea of Universal salvation. As we close our month on “mercy”, we’ll reflect that Universalism – the idea that “God’s infinite mercy is for all people” – means for us, today.