1806 - Maria Weston Chapman was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts. She was educated in London and in 1828 became principal of Ebeneezer Bailey’s Young Ladies’ High School. In 1830, she returned to the United States and married Henry Chapman, an abolitionist. They were members of the Federal Street Church during the ministry of William Ellery Channing. Chapman and 12 other women founded the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society.
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Writing a half century ago, James Luther Adams might as well have been speaking of the current day when he wrote in his essay on American pluralism that that “our situation today is fraught with danger, readily evident in the appearance of the ‘confrontation politics’ that rejects normal political methods” (click here for the full essay). For “JLA,” returning to the core concept of covenant, with some important additions relevant to 20th century political practice, was the best means of renewing the ethical commitments of democracies inside and outside of the churches. Indeed, Adams, along with the venerable Conrad Wright, was r...more