Liberal Christian Church: Minutes of meetings, 1925-1938 (Archive Box 26/Folders 3 -4).
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|1925.11.13||Nov 13, 1925 MoM - Liberal Christian Church. Annual Meeting of the (retro fitted meeting minutes of annual meeting. See work event of Special Committee Jan 28, 1926). Reports of various church organizations were read including: Sunday School, Woman's Club, Woman's Union, Men's Club, Young People's Union. The retiring pastor, Rev. Bowden, read his report. The illness of Rev. Rowlett was noted.||26||3|
|1906.01.28||Jan 28, 1926 Report - Liberal Christian Church. Steering Committee report appointed at the Annual Meeting of (Nov 13, 1925). A very detailed report on a committee formed after the church annual meeting identifying "emergencies confronting the church." The pastor, Rev. Bowden had recently resigned. The Committee address providing Sunday services. The committee also addressed the church financial situation finding an indebtedness of over $600. Other information in the report includes interactions with both Unitarian and Universalists national bodies, review of church bylaws). There was a recommendation to change the name of the church to THE CHURCH OF THE LIBERALS, ATLANTA, GA. The reports recommended that a Historian be appointed to keep the records of the church and that report on this activity be read at the May and September church meetings. Several standing committees such as Finance Church Cooperation, etc. be established. Must read document to understand the combined Unitarian and Universalist church in Atlanta approximately eight years after its merger.||26||3|
|1926.01.28||Jan 28, 1926 Report- Liberal Christian Church. Report of committee appointed at annual meeting held on November 13, 1925.|
|1926.01.28||Jan 28, 1926 Report- Liberal Christian Church. Review of a Steering Committee report regarding the state of the church. Topic discussed included indebtedness of the church, collection and organization of church records, arrangements for pulpit supply. Many changes to the church by-laws were accepted including: change of church fiscal year, reducing number of board members and that annual contributions to the Universalist General Convention and American Unitarian Association be set at $25.00 each. A budget of $6,000 of which $3,600 for the minister's salary was adopted. The recommendation to change the church name suggested at the Jan 28, 1926 meeting from the "Liberal Christian Church" to "The Church of Liberals, Atlanta, GA." was carried over for the consideration of the next regular meeting of the church.||26||3|
|1926.02.02||Feb 2, 1926 MoM - Board of Trustees of the Liberal Christian Church. Meeting was held at the Kimball House restaurant. Financial report showed that the church had a balance on hand of $112.50. A financial statement is included in the meeting minutes.||26||3|
|1926.03.02||Mar 2, 1926 MoM - Board of Trustees of the Liberal Christian Church. Meeting was held at the Kimball House restaurant. Financial report showed a balance on hand of $67.57. A recommendation was made by Rev. Rowlett that a series of addresses be made on science and its ethical and religious significance. (Archivist Notes; Scopes Trial had been conducted on the teaching of evolution in a Tennessee school). After some discussion the sense of the board was that action on the calling of Rev. Mr. Lester L. Lewis to act as minister of the church be deferred until the March 7, 1926 meeting. (Archivist Note: no meeting minutes of the March 7th meeting were found in the physical archive)||26||3|
|1926.04.06||Apr 6, 1926 MoM - Board of Trustees of the Liberal Christian Church. Meeting was held at the Kimball House restaurant. Financial report showed a balance on hand of $174.60. Discussed continued on the music program. It was voted that Mrs. John W. Rowlett be sent as a delegate to the upcoming Southern Unitarian Conference in Orlando, FL. Pulpit committee reported series of addresses on Ethical and Religious Significance of Science were arranged beginning April 11 and continuing through May 9th.||26||3|
|1926.05.04||May 4, 1926 MoM - Board of Trustees of the Liberal Christian Church. Meeting was held at the Kimball House restaurant. Financial report showed a balance on hand of $201.96. Reimbursement voted for additional expenses incurred by Mrs. John W. Rowlett while attending conference in Florida. Organ keyboard had been relocated. Pulpit committee reported special addresses (see meeting of Apr 6, 1926) were going over well. Committee also reported that ministerial candidates Rev. Mr. Dunham would preach May 16 and May 23rd. Dr. H.B. Taylor of Meriden, Conn. would fill the pulpit on the first Sunday in June.||26||3|
|1926.05.25||May 25, 1962 MoM - Meeting of the members Liberal Christian Church. Financial report showed that the church had a balance on hand of $59.54. Pulpit committee gave report on its activities from the time of Rev. Bowden's resignation to the present. Mrs. W. J. Draper provided a history of the Unitarian Church (Archivist Note: no report in the archives.) It was voted that Mrs. Draper be appointed as church Historian-Librarian. The matter of changing the church name was postponed to some other time. There was discussion on Rev. A.G. Dunham who was a ministerial candidate. It was decided to postpone or defer a decision. "After this action had been taken, a feeling of discouragement pervaded the meeting." There as mention that, "Oh, if we could only get Mr. Patterson." Patterson was the Field Secretary of the American Unitarian Association. It was voted to extend a call to Rev. Patterson. The Pulpit Committee was charged with reaching out to Rev. Patterson and developing a plan if Rev. Patterson did not accept the call.||26||3|
|1926.06.01||Jun 1, 1926 MoM - Board of Trustees of the Liberal Christian Church. Meeting was held at the Kimball House restaurant. Sunday services to continue until end of June. Church contributed $25 to the Jewish Relief Fund which recognized the support Rabbi Dr. Marx provided in supplying pulpit services. Pulpit Committee cancelled having Rev. Henry B. Taylor in the pulpit for the first two Sunday in June. It was noted that Rev. Roger F. Etz, General Secretary of the Universalist would be in town in July and could provide a sermon. Financial report showed that the church had $59.54 on hand.||26||3|
|1926.07.06||Jul 6, 1926 MoM - Board of Trustees of the Liberal Christian Church. Meeting was held at the Kimball House restaurant. It was noted that the janitor, Sherman McAfee "had been a guest of the city authorities for some time and it was suggested that some one else be secured for the duties of the janitor." Mr. Harry Blake will attend the Georgia Universalist Convention to be held in Winder, GA. The board ratified a Pulpit Committee suggestion that Rev. Rowlett act as acting pastor.||26||3|
|1926.08.29||Aug 29, 1926 MoM - Special Meeting of Trustees of the Liberal Christian Church. Meeting held at the house of Mr. T.C. Perkins. Meeting was called by the Pulpit Committee to consider calling Rev. Clinton Scott of Los Angeles, CA. The board discussed the parish house required extensive repairs to its steam system. It was recommended that the house no longer be rented, but be used for Sunday School services. It was considered use by the church would reduce the churches tax burden. A salary of $4000 was discussed by Rev. Scott.||26||3|
|1926.09.16||Sep 16, 1926 MoM - Meeting of the members of the Liberal Christian Church. Meeting was held in the Sunday School room. Financial report showed a balance on hand of $435.46. There was unanimous support from the Pulpit Committee and Board to call Rev. Scott. The Treasure noted at budge of $7000 was required and that $4000 could be raised by subscriptions. He recommended borrowing $3,000 from "parent organizations" (Archivist Note: Assumed to the Universalist and Unitarian national organizations).||26||3|
|1926.10.05||Oct 5, 1926 MoM - Board of Trustees of the Liberal Christian Church. Meeting was held at the Kimball House restaurant. Board discussed taxes on the church and a member of the board was instructed to interview the city officials and report to the Board. There were discussions on raising funds via a canvass and contacting national organizations. Mrs. Perry requested use of the church by the League of Women Voters. The request was granted. The parish house tenant has vacated the house. Plans to address the upstairs apartment were deferred until Rev. Scott's arrival.||26||3|
|1926.11.02||Nov 2, 1926 MoM - Board of Trustees of the Liberal Christian Church. Meeting was held at the Kimball House restaurant. Rev. Clinton Scott, new minister, was in attendance. Action to refinance a $3,750 loan on the parish house was deferred. It was voted to have the installation of Rev. Scott on the 14th. Rev. Scott explored idea of getting out a weekly message to members and fixing up the stage of the use by the young people.||26||3|
|1926.11.14||Nov 14, 1926 MoM - Board of Trustees of the Liberal Christian Church. Special meeting held at the house of Mr. Harry C. Blake. In attendance was Rev. Dr. George F. Patterson, Field Secretary of the American Unitarian Association and with Rev. Roger F. Etz, Secretary of the Universalist General Convention. Meeting minutes noted that Rev. Clinton Scott was installed as minister early in the day. There was discussion with representatives of the national organizations on the funding of the church budget for the coming year.||26||3|