The Southern Conference of Unitarian Churches met in Atlanta, Ga., on April 11 and 12. Mr. Shippen, of Washington, preached on the first night a lively sermon on the Gospel of Service. On Thursday night Dr. Hale opened and illustrated the rational Unitarian doctrine of salvation, and in a most vigorous way lashed out of the temple the old middle-age teachings that have so distorted this truth, and unhappily fixed themselves in the minds of many. The spirit of the whole conference was cheery and hopeful. Mr. Allen, after reporting his own varied activities in New Orleans, told about the peculiar and patient work of young Mr. Schultz, who has the whole of Texas for his field. Mr. Chaney, whose work in Atlanta spoke for itself, reported the hopeful beginnings up in Ashville and Highlands, N. C, ” a handful of corn in the earth on the top of the mountains, the fruit whereof shall shake like Lebanon.” And Mr. Browne told how happily the Unitarian family were abiding in Charleston in their restored religious home. One of the most impressive “reports” was in the form of a little map dotted all over with the red marks that tell where the winged seeds of the P. O. Mission have lighted. From Canada in the northeast down to Texas, and up again to Oregon in the northwest, some in groups, like flocks of birds, and some scattered, like solitary ones—
“Lone wandering, but not lost.”
Several Chicago ladies, wintering in Marietta, were present to spy and speed our work.—B.
Source: Unity: Freedom, Fellowship and Character in Religion in Google Books April 28, 1888 , page 122
Order of Service for Conference.
Physical Archive: UUCA Box: xx Folder: xx
Citation: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta Records, RG 026, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta GA