Christian Union: A Historical Study

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By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Christian Unions are missional communities functioning within the heart of campuses across Britain. In this paper, Mike Reeves Head of Theology at UCCF explains the biblical, theological, historical and practical reasoning behind the existance of Christian Unions as entities distinct though not independent from the local church. About Contact Us Get in touch more. About Jobs Join our staff team supporting the work of Christian Unions more. About Doctrinal Basis The basis of our unity and what we proclaim more.

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While on his summer break from his pastorate of the Atlanta Unitarian church, Rev.

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Vail, the former St. Paul pastor, provided pulpit supply for St. At a reception held for Rev. Vail, over people attended [30] and there was discussion of formally reorganizing the society. Following the selection of St. Paul as a missionary project, the Y. Taylor had accepted the pastorate to the fledgling St. Unioners were implored to support this new missionary project. Taylor's pastorate — the Y. In the Y. The Unioners traveled to St. Paul for the dedication of the new church now under the pastorate of Rev.

Over the course of their missionary effort in St. In , the Y. Paul church to the trustees of the Universalist General Convention. The General Convention, in turn, requested that the Y.

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This exchange ended the Y. U involvement with St. As noted earlier, the Unioners at their Rochester Convention had selected St. Paul and Little Rock as their missionary projects. Five years prior to the Y. Shinn had conducted missionary work in Little Rock. Shinn's missionary work typically focused on establishing Universalist structures such as a Sunday school and Ladies Universalist Society as a prelude to placing a permanent minister.

Notices posted in the Daily Arkansas Gazette showed that Universalist Sunday school was regularly held in in rented space at the Congregational Church at the corner of Eleventh and Main Streets. Carrier was recruited by the Y. Carrier held regular Sunday services in the rented space in the Congregational Church on Eleventh and Main until December when the Congregational Church sold the building to the Universalists.

Carrier resigned and was succeeded by Rev. Athalia Lizzie Johnson Irwin an Arkansas native. Irwin was born in to the Baptist faith, but left that denomination by July Shinn she was encouraged to became a Universalist minister. Her first church in Pensacola, Florida ordained her in In a small chapel was constructed at the corner of Thirteenth and Center Streets. Irwin was a gifted writer and orator. However, she garnered the most press coverage when she challenged her brother, Rev.

In spite of her many talents, the Little Rock church remained small. Irwin departed in September , there were fewer than 40 members. The Universalist State Superintendent Rev. Cunningham filled the empty pulpit, vowing to remain until a successor was found. Cunningham continued to provide pastoral services to the small society until he moved to Illinois in late Ledyard succeeded Cunningham and remained as the pastor for three years, departing in December Lay members and guest speakers conducted Sunday services for several years,.

By mid , Sunday services ceased. The Cottage Chapel, now referred to as the First Universalist Church, was only being used as rental space for third party events. By , there was no mention of the First Universalist church in local newspapers. The church property was sold in In , a new Universalist society was established and became known as the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock.

As early as Rev. McGlauflin, the Southern Missionary in Harriman, Tennessee had visited Chattanooga, but no permanent church was founded.

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Shinn, who visited Chattanooga just a few months prior to his death in September , launched a new church in that city chartered with 32 members. For 17 months the new church was without a permanent minister. McGlauflin and other ministers offered temporary preaching services. In late November under the direction of McGlauflin, Rev. Robinson was installed as the joint pastor for the Harriman and Chattanooga churches. Since there was a parsonage in Harriman, that city was selected as the pastor's home.

Robinson was born into a Methodist Episcopal family but came to Universalism through his reading of the Bible. Encouraged by McGlauflin, Robinson, in the fall of , accepted a position to serve the Universalist churches in Harriman and Chattanooga. Robinson provided Sunday service two times a month in Chattanooga. Under his ministry membership grew and financial obligations were addressed. In February , the Y. About the time that Robinson was exploring fellowship with the Universalists, Chattanooga became the focal point of a multi-year search for a site to build a church to honor Rev.

Shinn who had died in late Southern Universalists quickly established the Shinn Memorial Association to raise funds for the construction of a church in a southern state to commemorate Shinn's southern missionary work. In , four possible locations for the construction of a Shinn Memorial church were discussed at the General Convention: At the convention the Y.

On July 7, it was announced that Chattanooga had been selected at the site for the Shinn Memorial Church. Services were first held in the new Shinn Memorial Church in the summer The church was dedicated during the Y. With the construction of the new church, one of Shinn's lifetime ambitions was finally realized. In , a School of Evangelism was opened. The goal of the school was to provide ministerial training to those who were unable to attend regular Universalist theological schools. The school continued to operate until the s. The church also became the headquarters in for the Southern Universalist Young People's Institute.

The institute's summer programs were designed to train workers for service in Sunday schools, young people's societies and missionary work. A year later the Y. In when the pastor of the Chattanooga church, Rev. Gay, moved to Camp Hill, Alabama, he took the institute with him.

The institute, however, returned to Chattanooga in In spite of starting with a surplus of funds after the church was built, the congregation frequently had financial trouble and had to depend on denominational aid. It had trouble finding and keeping good ministers, and its lay leadership was frequently divided.

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In its final years, it ignored the interest in establishing a Unitarian fellowship in Chattanooga. By , there were only four active members, and services were suspended. The congregation is last listed in the Universalist Directory for - Within three years of its formation in at their Reading, Pennsylvania convention, Rev. Shinn urged the Y. The Post Office Mission was designed to supplement the influence of Universalist ministers and the denomination's periodicals. To extend the light into the dark places and to proclaim the gospel of our church where hitherto no voice has been raised in its behalf is the sphere of this mission.

Local societies were tasked with identifying names for mailings with the national organization providing oversight coordination. Understanding the opportunities inherent in the Atlanta Cotton Exposition and Tennessee Centennial Exposition, booths were secured by the Post Office Mission at both events to distribute literature and collect names for the mailing list.

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How can we reach this multitude and plant in their minds some seed of Universalist philosophy? The Post Office Mission relied on local Y. To defray their overall cost, the Y. Post Office Mission relied on the Universalist Publishing House to provide the literature at little or no cost.

The cost for the production of the literature having been covered by a bequest from the late entertainer and showman, P. Barnum, and other donations. The national level Post Office Mission leadership encouraged local Unions to maintain literature tables or racks in the vestibule of their churches.