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Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism: Introduction

Table of Contents

I. Introduction, by Conrad Wright

II. Channing’s Platform 

III. Emerson’s Heresy

IV. Parker’s Manifesto 

V. Conclusion 

Channing’s Baltimore Address

Emerson’s Divinity School Address

Introduction by Conrad Wright

Channing’s Baltimore Sermon, Emerson’s Divinity School Address, and Parker’s South Boston Sermon have long been accepted as the three great classic utterances of American Unitarianism.…

Southworth, Franklin Chester (1863-1944)

From the beginnings of the liberal movement in America, the preparation and training of ministers has been a matter of grave concern. In the early days Harvard College was itself primarily a theological seminary. Its founders in 1636 had declared it to be their purpose to train ministers, “dreading,” as they said, “to leave an illiterate ministry to the churches when our present ministers shall lie in the dust.”…

Franklin Chester Southworth

Peabody, Francis Greenwood (1847-1936)

Francis Greenwood Peabody was one of the most widely known and honored of Unitarian ministers. He was born in Boston on December 4, 1847, the youngest child of the Rev. Ephraim Peabody, the minister of King’s Chapel, and his wife, Mary Jane Derby.…

Francis Greenwood Peabody

Forbes, Elmer Severance (1860-1933)

Elmer Severance Forbes was born at Westboro, Massachusetts, on September 12, 1860, of an old New England stock that had been eminently serviceable in Massachusetts for ten generations. He graduated at Amherst College in 1881, and entered the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church, becoming one of the staff and later the rector of St.…

Elmer Severance Forbes

Hale, Edward Everett (1822-1909)

No one who ever saw Edward Everett Hale could possibly forget him. No one who knew him could fail to be impressed by his personality. Physically he was a big man. He was built on generous lines and his head was Homeric.…

Edward Everett Hale

Herford, Brooke (1830-1903)

Brooke Herford was unique in the following that he won, and the service that he rendered both in England and in the United States. Born in 1830 in the town of Altrincham, England, he filled seventy-three years with a zest for living, blessed many people with his spiritual insight and practical common sense, lent his organizing genius to many worthy causes, secular and religious, and left behind him countless admirers who remembered him as a beloved friend and a heartening preacher.…

Brooke Herford

The First Independent Thanksgiving of the Revolution – 1774


It would be the first American Thanksgiving proclamation issued for many years that didn’t end in “God Save the King,” this proclamation issued in 1774 just two hundred years ago. And it would set a pattern for all future American Thanksgiving proclamations.…

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