The First Hundred Years
Faith, Polity and Wider Fellowship are the three tenets from which rose the important affirmation of faith adopted by the Congregational Churches in 1913 when the National Council met in Kansas City, Missouri "to affirm traditional congregationalist principles in a form that would meet the needs of the new century."
Visitors to the Congregational House at 14 Beacon Street are greeted by a copy of the Statement cast in bronze on our foyer's wall. Many of us pass the declaration every day, but what does it mean and what part does it play in the history of American religion?
Join Executive Director Dr. Peggy Bendroth as she explores the historic significance of the Statement and its contribution to a full century of religious and social life and thought.
Wednesday, December 11th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Join photographer Paul Wainwright for a look at his captivating shots of New England's classic church buildings.
New England's Puritan meetinghouses embody an important chapter in American history, yet their role in forming our country is not widely known. Participatory government (the "town meeting") was born and refined in them. The original "Tea Party" was organized in one – the Old South Meetinghouse here in Boston.
Following the example set by Paul Strand in his classic 1950 book Time in New England, the exact location of each of Wainwright's photographs is relatively unimportant. Just as Strand painted a composite portrait of New England, Wainwright's photographs paint a composite portrait of the New England meetinghouse. These structures are typical of those that once existed at the center of every colonial New England town. While most have been torn down or renovated beyond recognition, the few structures contained in this body of work remain, touched only by time.
Paul's book, A Space for Faith, The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England, is available for members to borrow from the Congregational Library.
Wednesday, January 22nd
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Registration opens soon.
We offer tours of our stacks and archive, which are otherwise closed to the public. If you're going to be in town, come on by and let us show you around. Join us for an introductory tour of the library, its history and services. Reservations are appreciated, but walk-ins are always welcome. Please contact Claudette Newhall by email or call 617-523-0470 ext. 229 to arrange the date and time for your visit. No charge.
Boston is a city full of history. If you're interested in the religious parts in particular, then this tour is for you. Explore the downtown area's rich and complex past on your own or guided by our resident historian. For details, take a look at our dedicated tour page.
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