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“A Sermon on the Principles and Methods of the Church of the Disciples,” by James Freeman Clarke

“A Sermon on the Principles and Methods of the Church of the Disciples”

James Freeman Clarke

December 7, 1843

J.F. Clarke became one of the founders of the Free Religious Association right after the Civil War. He was thus a radical on social questions and church polity.…

“M. Grandpierre on American Unitarianism,” by John Pierpoint

Art. VI, “M. Grandpierre on American Unitarianism”

by J. P. (John Pierpoint)

in The Christian Examiner 

May, 1854, pages 397-422

The article is obviously a defense of Unitarianism. The section on organization interests most for polity issues. Does the nature of the defense suggest where Unitarians commonly felt weakness in their organization in the mid-1900s?…

“Our Church, As Seen by Religious Geography,” by Ron Clark

“Our Church, As Seen by Religious Geography”

A sermon by Ron Clark, October 9, 1972

at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, Utah

The major thesis of this discourse is that Unitarianism went where New Englanders went. Thus, Unitarian extension was a matter of population trend more than denominational effort.…

“On Some Results of the Voluntary System,” by J. H. Allen

“On Some Results of the Voluntary System, Especially in Our Country Parishes”

J. H. Allen

The Christian Examiner, March 1868

Joseph Henry Allen (1820 – 98) was ordained in 1843 and served several Unitarian Churches before moving into writing and teaching.…

James Freeman Clarke, “A Discourse Delivered at the Dedication of the Chapel”

“A Discourse Delivered at the Dedication of the Chapel”

James Freeman Clarke

March 15, 1848

Eighteen-forty eight, a year of revolution, was heralded by James Freeman Clarke as the century in which the Church Question would be dominant. His optimism is touching, but certainly for Unitarians the proper mature of the church was to dominate the coming decades.…

“Tensions in Unitarianism A Hundred Years Ago,” by Frederick May Eliot

“Tensions in Unitarianism A Hundred Years Ago”

by Frederick May Eliot

(1946) pp. 5-10

This short section, which deals with internal Unitarian tensions and social issues in the pre-Civil War period, is included here because it points up how most Unitarian clergy related to social issues.…

“Evangelical Unitarianism,” by Thomas L. Smith

“Evangelical Unitarianism”

by Thomas L. Smith

in Revivalism and Social Reform in Mid-Nineteenth Century America

(Abington, 1957)

The chapter discusses the mid-19th Century Unitarian convergence with evangelical preaching of a forgiving god apprehended by the individual human spirit. Unitarians of the mainstream were apt to believe such doctrine harmonized well with transcendental theology.…

“Organization and Development of the Unitarian Movement,” by Earl Morse Wilbur

Chapter XXII: “Organization and Development of the Unitarian Movement”

by Earl Morse Wilbur

in A History of Unitarianism in. Transylvania. England, and America

(Harvard, 1952) pages 435-66

Wilbur begins by noting “that without their wishing it, (Unitarians) were practically a community by themselves.” (page 435)

  1. What were the forces for and against organizing the Unitarian movement?

Stafford, Rick (1932-)

Rick Stafford has been a part of the Harvard Scene as an employee. He was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1932. His parents were both professional oil painters. As a teenager he did odd jobs on Saturday mornings for Arthur Loveridge, the Curator of the reptile collection at the Museum of Comparative Zoology.…

Rick Stafford, Photographer

King, Martin Luther, Jr. (1929-1968)

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s national career began when one woman, Mrs. Rosa Parks, firmly said, “No!” to the white driver of a Cleveland Avenue bus, who ordered her to stand farther back in the Negro section so a white man could have her seat.…

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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