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“Some Conditions of the Modern Ministry” By Samuel Hobart Winkley

“On Some Conditions of the Modern Ministry”

by Samuel Hobart Winkley

in The Christian Examiner, Vol. 82, January 1887

S. H. Winkley was ordained in 1846 and served for many years at Pitts Street Chapel in Boston. Evidently the spelling Winkley is a mistake in the magazine.…

“The Denominational Awakening” By George Willis Cooke

Chapter VIII: “The Denominational Awakening”

George Willis Cooke, Unitarianism in America

(AUA, 1902)

Cooke’s story begins with the burgeoning Unitarian movement post Civil War and then the disruptive story of a new theological battle and even organizational division.

  1. Looking back at the whole disruption from today, how could the dispute have been avoided?

“The Unitarian Church Matures and Finds its Mission” By Earl Morse Wilbur

Chapter XXIII: “The Unitarian Church Matures and Finds Its Mission”

Earl Morse Wilbur

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

(Harvard, 1952) pp. 467-87

Wilbur ends his second volume and 45 years of historical study of the Unitarian movement.…

“Henry W. Bellows and the Organization of the National Conference,” by Conrad Wright

“Henry W. Bellows and the Organization of the National Conference”

by Conrad Wright

in The Liberal Christians: Essays on American Unitarian History

(Unitarian Universalist Association, 1970), pp. 81-109

This reading gives fuller details on the particular role of Henry Bellows and how he managed to bring off the organization of the National Conference at the end of the Civil War.…

Henry Bellows, “The Suspense of Faith”

“The Suspense of Faith”

An Address to the Alumni of Harvard Divinity School

Given July 19, 1859 by Henry W. Bellows

This talk is sometimes heralded as one of the half-dozen important Unitarian talks in the 19th Century. Though that may be, it is far less expressive of Bellows’ ideas on polity than the other documents from him included in this syllabus.…

Henry Bellows, “The Relation of Liberal Christians to a True Theology and a Higher Religious Life”

“The Relation of Liberal Christians to a True Theology and a Higher Religious Life”

Henry Bellows

(Address delivered at the 33rd anniversary of the American Unitarian Association, May 25, 1858)

  1. Bellows notes that Unitarians usually deny that they are a sect, because such an attitude would interfere with a larger religious mission.