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The First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn : One Hundred Fifty Years

By Hoogenboom, Olive

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Title: The First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn : One Hundred Fifty Years  
Author: Hoogenboom, Olive
Volume:
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, History of America, First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, New York
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: History
Historic
Publication Date:
1987
Publisher: The First Unitarian Church
Member Page: Kay Corkett

Description
This is the story of one Unitarian Universalist congregation founded in 1833 and housed in a magnificent building which was designed by Minard Lafever and completed in 1844. It is a tale of scandals and sorrows, of the rough Brooklyn waterfront intertwined with the elevated airs of affluent Brooklyn Heights, and sharp theological differences that, at one time, rendered the church into four congregations. This book is for historians and lovers of the borough of Brooklyn. Containing over 50 photographs, it is a thoroughly documented, extensively researched view of a major metropolitan church and its times. For those familiar with the church and its neighborhood, Brooklyn Heights, it is an inexhaustible scrapbook, a complete compendium of those thousands of lives that have been touched by this center of Unitarian Universalism in Brooklyn.

Summary
This is the story of one Unitarian Universalist congregation founded in 1833 and housed in a magnificent building which was designed by Minard Lafever and completed in 1844. The church building still stands today with the addition of over ten Tiffany Studios' stained glass windows and an active congregation of over 250 members. The story covers the history of a liberal religious congregation which was deeply intertwined with the history of the borough of Brooklyn, Manhattan and the nation from 1833 to 1983. In the nineteenth century the stories of early notable Brooklyn figures such as Seth Low, William Cary, Alfred T. White and Augustus Graham are found. Here are figures involved in the China clipper ship trade and the creation of innovative settlement housing. In the twentieth century the history of this socially minded church is shown by its involvement in protesting the Vietnam War and its support of the Civil Rights and Black Empowerment Movements.

Excerpt
"Although Unitarianism, with its rejection of the deity of the Son and the Holy Ghost, is an ancient tradition, churches professing it were quite new in America when ten displaced New Englanders met in 1833 to found the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn."

Table of Contents
I: A Miracle of Elegance & Grace II: Acceptance & Division III: Service & Glory IV: Commitment & Notoriety V: Good Words and Works VI: Chance & Change VII: Windows & Memorials VIII: Dignity & Daring IX: A Willing & Generous Congregation Appendix References Bibliography Index

 

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