1957 – Arthur Powell Davies died at age 55. Three sitting Supreme Court justices attended his memorial service. An Englishman, Davies was educated for Methodist ministry but converted to Unitarianism in 1932. He served in New Jersey before settling at All Souls Church (Unitarian) in … read more.
1869 – John Murray Atwood was born in Brockton, Massachusetts. First a reporter for The Rocky Mountain News, he followed his father in becoming a Universalist minister and served churches in New York, Minnesota, and Maine. Atwood taught social ethics and served as dean at … read more.
1825 – Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She was an important African-American feminist, abolitionist, and writer. Harper was a strong advocate of the Underground Railroad and worked for women’s suffrage, temperance, and education. A member of the First Unitarian Church in … read more.
1642 – Harvard College, established in 1636 to train ministers, held its first commencement ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although it is now nondenominational, Harvard remains a major educational center for training Unitarian Universalist ministers. Read about the history of Harvard College in Abiel Holmes’s … read more.
1803 – The Universalist Church of America adopted the Winchester Profession at Winchester, New Hampshire. The Winchester Profession outlined Universalist belief in three tenets: that the Old and New Testaments reveal the character of God and the final destination … read more.
1878 – Maud Simonton Cary was born. She was ordained a Universalist minister in 1919 and held several pastorates before leaving for Japan as a home missionary under the sponsorship of the Universalist Board of Foreign Missions. Her husband, Henry Montfort Cary, … read more.
1643 – Lucius Carey, the second Lord Falkland, died. He was a writer of significant learning and one of the first Socinians in England. He was born about 1610 in Burford, Oxfordshire, England. King Charles made him principal secretary of state and privy councilor. Carey … read more.
1836 – The first meeting of the Transcendental Club took place in the home of George Ripley in Concord, with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ferderick Henry Hedge, and Bronson Alcott attending. Read more about George Ripley at: www.HarvardSquareLibrary.org – the digital library of Unitarian Universalism, or … read more.
1887 – This date is celebrated in the state of Meghalaya as Unitarian Day, the date on which Hajom Kissor Singh held the first Khasi Hills Unitarian Church service in Jowai, India. The Unitarian movement spread, and more than 30 churches now claim 10,000 members in … read more.
1775 – General George Washington appointed John Murray, an early leader of Universalism, as chaplain of the Rhode Island Regiment, over the objections of the clergy. Read more about John Murray at: www.HarvardSquareLibrary.org – the digital library of Unitarian Universalism.