Liberal Christian Church – Meeting Minutes, Aug 29, 1926 (Calling Rev. Scott)



August 29, 1926.

A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Liberal Christian Church was held at the home of Mr. T.C. Perkins at 8 p.m., August 29, 1926. This meeting was called at the request of the Pulpit Supply Committee so that this committee could report its action and recommendation in calling Rev. Clinton Scott of Los Angeles, Cal., to be pastor of this church. Messrs. Harding, Knox, and Scott were present, and they were notified that Mr. Harry Blake who had been informed of the matters to be brought up at the meeting and who could not attend was heartily in favor of the contemplated action and wanted somebody to act as proxy for hi;. Mr. Hamilton Douglas was thereupon appointed as proxy for Mr. Blake. Dr. Rowlett, Mr. Faulkner, and Mr. T. C. Perkins were also in attendance.

The first matter brought up was in regard to the parish house. It was reported that extensive repairs to the steam plant in the house were necessary, and that in view of the continued expense that was required to keep the house rented, it was suggested that the house no longer be rented, but used for church and Sunday school purposes. In this way it was thought that a considerable reduction in taxes could be brought about. A motion was carried that the parish house be no longer rented, so that it could be available for church uses, and the Clerk, Mr. Scott, was requested to write a letter advising the tenant of the desires of the Board.

Dr. Rowlett, Chairman of the Pulpit Supply Committee, then advised to Board of the action of his committee. He reported that this committee was unanimously and heartily in favor of extending a call to Rev. Clinton Scott 01 Los Angeles to become the pastor of this church. He said that Rev. Mr. Scott had made a very favorable impression on everybody and in his sermon that morning had shown that he was the man that was needed here. He reported that the Pulpit Supply Committee had recommended that Mr. Scott be paid a salary of $4000 per annum. Mr. Douglas, acting as proxy for Mr. Blake, then made a motion that inasmuch as the Pulpit Supply Committee had been authorized to find a pastor and as the matter was urgent, that the Board support the action of the Pulpit Supply Committee in extending a call to Mr. Scott, and that a committee of three be appointed by the chair to take up with Mr. Scott the details in connection with the call and authorizing this committee to offer Mr. Scott a salary of $4000 per annum. This motion was seconded and carried.

Rev. Mr. Scott was then invited to meet with the Board, and Dr. Rowlett then informed Mr. Scott of the action taken. The latter replied that he appreciated very much the call extended to him, but that he was not in a position to give immediate answer. He promised, however, to give an early answer.

The meeting was then adjourned.


Arthur H. Scott, Clerk.

Physical Archive: UUCA Box: 26   Folder: 03
Citation: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta Records, RG 026, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta GA

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