Minister and blogger Dan Harper thinks we should “get rid of covenant as an organizing principle.” I think he’s right and lays out a good case, particularly about how covenantalism — as now extolled — was not what Universalists had. Consider the Gloucester, Massachusetts 1786 Charter of Compact — this was John Murray’s pastorate —… Continue reading Covenant, overplayed
A reader asked where he might get a copy of the 1941 Universalist prayerbook. This is how I replied: The 1941 (and lesser known 1943 Harrisville, R.I. prayerbook) were simply abridgments of the 1894 servicebook, with the 1935 Washington Avowal in place — in the appendix — of the Winchester Profession and a new introduction… Continue reading Reader’s question: Where to get the 1941 prayerbook?
I read two very interesting faith statements — I dare not call them anything else; they had no formal denominational standing — and have typed them below. These are prescribed in one of the Sunday school services in The Life Hymnal: A Book of Song and Service for the Sunday School by Stanford Mitchell and… Continue reading Confessions of Faith from “Life Hymnal” (1904)
Google and its partner libraries must be scanning up a storm. After adding some titles yesterday, I found a bunch more, even better than the first batch (and including an early edition of the 1894 Book of Prayer which I hope to republish in a more handy PDF format). Links to all below the fold.