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 The July theme for worship is Theology

Worship is Sundays at  10:30 a.m. 

 

Wisdom Story

It’s Not True

adapted from an account in The Life of William Ellery Channing, D.D. The Centenary Memorial Edition by his nephew William Henry Channing, Boston, American Unitarian Association, 1880, pp. 15-16.

     William Ellery Channing told of an experience in his childhood that had a profound influence on his thinking. One day, his father invited young William to go with him to hear a famous preacher in the neighborhood. This was a special treat because it meant traveling to the service in the family carriage.   

     William was excited at the prospect of learning something new from the preacher, some glad tidings from the wider world unknown to him. It was for this reason that he listened attentively to the sermon. With glowing words and a powerful delivery, the preacher described the depraved state of humanity in which people were helplessly abandoned to evil. The only way out of the darkness and horror that rested upon the earth was earnest prayer as a way of receiving divine aid. As William listened, he assumed that those who believed what the preacher said would immediately abandon all other things to seek salvation. All amusement and earthly business would be left behind given the reality the preacher had described.

     As they left the church after the service, William’s father stopped to talk with one person. In answer to a remark by that person, William’s father replied with a decisive tone: “Sound doctrine, Sir.” Hearing this William thought, “It’s all true,” and a heavy weight fell on his heart. He wanted to discuss this tremendous crisis with his father to understand what they must do. On the ride home, William became so absorbed in frightening thoughts that he could not speak.

     When they arrived at home, William was prepared for the family meeting that his father must call to share the terrible information that they had heard from the preacher. Instead, his father went into the living room and began reading the newspaper. Life in the Channing household went on as usual.

     At first, William was surprised, but then he wondered to himself, “Could what he had heard be true? No! His father did not believe it; people did not believe it! It’s not true!” William felt that the preacher had deceived him. He vowed to never let that happen again in his search truth.

     William eventually attended Harvard College and became a Unitarian minister. The Rev. William Ellery Channing would preach many sermons, and in each one he sought to say what was true. He was one of the founders of liberal theology in America.

     The experience from his childhood stands in stark contrast to a discourse he gave on January 17, 1837 to the Unitarian Sunday School Society that was meeting at the Federal Street Church, where Channing was minister. His words sounded the truth to those who attended, and two days after the presentation a committee was formed by the Society to publish what Channing had said. In one passage he wrote, “The great end in religious instruction, whether in the Sunday school or the family, is not to stamp our minds irresistibly on the young, but to stir up their own; not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own; not to give a definite amount of knowledge, but to inspire a fervent love of truth….”

 




 

Members, friends, and guests find a welcoming congregation and campus - highly accessible to those with physical challenges.

Our one-level worship center is designed for accessibility (no stairs), with ramps, railings, and accessible drinking fountains accommodating those with physical disabilities. We also offer assistive listening systems (hearing assistance headsets), large print format orders of service, a Braille hymnal, and comfortable seating.

Our seating is movable, so people using wheelchairs may sit in a location of their choice. Our buildings also provide handicapped-accessible restroom facilities.


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