Winchester at 200

The day has arrived! Happy Winchester Profession bicentennial day!

The Profession:

Article the First
We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament contain a revelation of the character of God, and of the duty, interest and final destination of mankind.

Article the Second.
We believe that there is one God, whose nature is Love, revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ, by one Holy Spirit of Grace, who will finally restore the whole family of mankind to holiness and happiness.

Article the Third
We believe that holiness and true happiness are inseparably connected, and that believers ought to be careful to maintain order and practice good works; for these things are good and profitable unto men.

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  1. -I had an interesting conversation with a certain elder Universalist (who is sometimes mistaken for Scott). To him, the Winchester Profession was not in his voice. He remembers with fondness the 1930’s era unveiling of the Washington Avowal, which he felt spoke more for him as he professed his faith. [factoid – He is a 4th generation Universalist, raised in a church in upstate in NY. This church, interestingly, is in the New York Convention but never joined the UUA. It continues as an independent Universalist church.]

    So I’m wondering how we might compare the Winchester Profession and the Washington Avowal. What are the significant differences? Did the Washington Avowal improve on anything? Did the Washington Avowal do any damage to Universalism?

    From a poetic point of view, I find the Washington Avowal easier to use in the liturgy. But for me, it is now time to focus on content.

    What do you think?

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