First Free Church of Takoma

There was a time — and perhaps that time continues, but it’s hiding if so — when some leading “free” (itself¬†often shorthand for free-thought, ethical-basis, or “post-Christian”) churches were not in Unitarian or Universalist fellowships. Proudly independent they were. Think Fountain Street Church, but peppered over the land.

And I found another example while looking through old hymnals, this time Out West: the Free Church of Tacoma, Washington. Long gone — the current Tacoma Unitarian Universalist ¬†Congregation dates to 1944 — it leaves behind a journal (Google Books) and that hymnal. (Hymn list)

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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