Quarterly Journal of the American Unitarian Association (6), Volume 6

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 280 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859. Excerpt: ... THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL. Voi.. VI. BOSTON, JULY 1, 1859. No. 4. THIRTY-FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICAN UNITARIAN ASSOCIATION. The Thirty-fourth Anniversary of the Association was celebrated in the church in Hollis Street, Boston, on Tuesday, May 24th, 1859. The beautiful church was filled with a large and attentive audience, and the splendor of the day, and the graceful arrangements made for the reception of the Association, conspired to render the occasion one of deep interest. The President of the Association, Rev. Dr. Hall, took the chair, at half past nine o'clock, and prayer was offered by Rev. John H. Morison, D. D., of Milton. The Secretary of the Association, Rev. Dr. Miles, then read the Annual Report of the Executive Committee. It is as follows: --THIRTY-FOURTH ANNUAL REPORT. The perpetuation of an institution like this, amid the changes of successive years and generations, reminds us VOL. VI. NO. iv. 26 how enduring are those great interests of freedom, progress, and truth, which this Association was designed to defend; and although, when we extend our survey over so short a period as a twelvemonth, we can perhaps discern but few advances in the direction of our hopes and efforts, we have many reasons to bless the good Providence of God for tokens of encouraging success visible upon larger dial-plates of time. Both at home and abroad, in our own circle of believers, and in other Christian fellowships, we may hail signs of a growing spirit of earnest and generous inquiry, and may believe that theology, in becoming less traditional and prescriptive, is taking its true place as one of the vital interests of the individual mind. Assembled in this our annual fraternal gathering, we are forced to reflect how much death has recently thinned our ranks....

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