A Joint Statement on Interchurch Relations from the Commissions of the Congregational and Universalist Churches (1925)

Printed in Christian Union Quarterly (1925), p. 431ff. A Joint Statement on Interchurch Relations from the Commissions of the Congregational and Universalist Churches The National Council of Congregational Churches and the Universalist General Convention, at their sessions held in October, 1925, referred to the Congregational Commission on Interchurch Relations and to the Universalist Commission on… Continue reading A Joint Statement on Interchurch Relations from the Commissions of the Congregational and Universalist Churches (1925)

Checking in on the book project

Get used to these check-ins; otherwise, it may be too easy to throw the idea of a book on the scrapheap of good intentions. For one thing, it looks like I may be envisioning not one work, but three. A book about what Universalist Christianity, in a liberal vein, might look like today. And not… Continue reading Checking in on the book project

The full Hosea Ballou quotation

I’ve seen many, many uses by Unitarian Universalists of a passage from Hosea Ballou since the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri after Michael Brown’s shooting death and Darren Wilson’s investigation. The quotation, sourced from the service element section of the most-commonly used Unitarian Universalist hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition, is edited for worship. Number 705: If… Continue reading The full Hosea Ballou quotation

So, you knew about the Universalist mission to Korea, right?

The Universalist mission to Korea didn’t last long, and tantalizingly little has been written about it. It was surely a subset of the Japanese mission work, and during this period — some time in the 1920s — Korea was occupied by Japan. This photo, from the 1927 Universalist Year Book, is the first I’ve ever… Continue reading So, you knew about the Universalist mission to Korea, right?

The could-have-been Southern seminary

With the building sales at Meadville Lombard, the leadership crisis at Starr King, the closure of Bangor and the God-knows-what at General (Episcopal) (one, two)… well, it’s easy to have misgiving about the future of seminaries, and with it the future of ministerial formation. When I looked back to the 1927 Universalist Year Book, I’m… Continue reading The could-have-been Southern seminary

Reviewing the 1927 Universalist Year Book

The main reasons I review Universalist historical documents is to try to see Universalists as they saw themselves and not though the (now more customary) Unitarian lens uncover hidden or lost accomplishments understand the structural reasons for Universalist decline, rather than the shoddy theological suggestions offered, usually keyed to the inevitability of consolidation with the… Continue reading Reviewing the 1927 Universalist Year Book

The sermon fit for reading

There is a practical take-away from this historical episode; keep reading. Abigail and John  Adams, the departing ambassador to Great Britain, and John Murray, the Universalist minister, sailed together back to America on the same vessel, the Lucretia, in the spring of 1788. Unitarian Universalists today recall Abigail Adams’s recollection of Murray’s preaching, as recorded… Continue reading The sermon fit for reading

Lost visions of Universalists: her enormous head

Meet Candace Lucretia Fulham Skinner. I found her through the Internet Archive image mass upload, in The Fulham Genealogy. She was married to a Universalist minister, but was a force, and a teacher and editor in her own right. A force, it seems, presaged by her enormous head. But her whole story is grand. See… Continue reading Lost visions of Universalists: her enormous head