The simplest definition of a Christian is one who follows Christ. This was his own definition: “My sheep hear my voice, and follow me.” “I am the way and the truth and the life.” “Come to me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden.” When Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, and heard… Continue reading The simplest definition of a Christian…
This is a continuation of the thread on the history of membership in Unitarian and Universalist congregations. I know the very idea of a fundraising canvass will send many of you into a fit of groaning. But the approach to funding, also known as the voluntary system, is a huge improvement over what came before… Continue reading The pew rent system and membership
Well, my post (“What is it we become a member of?“) seems to have stirred the Walled Internet. Where do you go to know what our Universalist or Unitarian forebears thought membership meant? So long as you don’t confuse the concepts of parish, society and church, you can look to a large, if disjointed, number… Continue reading Sources for Unitarian and Universalist membership historical context
Someone I met recently asked about the origins of the flaming chalice. He said that someone coming from a non-Unitarian Universalist background might think it had something to do with a cross. Indeed. I pulled this very fragile 1946 poster out of my Big Box of Ephemera (Unitarian Section) and thought I’d share some pictures.
While I focus on Universalist worship resources, the book digitization revolution has brought back to light Unitarian service books, too — by which I include comprehensive prayerbooks and other resources (often with hymns) that have service elements. Here are some I’ve found recently, in chronological order; click through to download or read online. (There are… Continue reading More Unitarian service books
I owe a debt of thanks to the Rev. Dr. Leonard Smith, principal of the Unitarian College Manchester, for responding to my appeal to buy a copy of the old Orders of Worship “for use in Unitarian and Free Christian congregations” by sending me a copy as a gift. It is a small volume a… Continue reading “Orders of Worship” (1944)