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Orders of Service for Public Worship

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Orders of Service for Public Worship was compiled by Anna Garlin Spencer, minister at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1896. It resulted from the chapel’s several years of experiments with creating ceremonies that represented progressive religious thought. Significant among the thirty-two services are those dedicated to “Our Church Life – A Dedication Ceremony,” “Fellowship in Religion,” and “Character in Religion.” “Fellowship” and “character” were both taglines for the Free Religious Association and the Western Unitarian Conference, with whose aims the Bell Street Chapel stood in firm accord. Other services in the collection, such as those dedicated to “Temperance” and to “Self-Control” offer clear markers of the time period from which the text emerged.


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