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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Happy 275th, Arlington Street Church!

The Boston Public Library is hosting an exhibit this month to honor the 275th birthday of the congregation of the Arlington Street Church:

275th Birthday of the Arlington Street Church — Through March 31 in the Boston Rm. (Ext. 2212). Founded in 1729 by non-subscribing Presbyterian Scots-Irish immigrants, the congregation became Unitarian in the early 19th century and moved from its original barn to the Federal Street Church where the famous minister William Ellery Channing preached, to the present building at the corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets. Over the years, the church has played an influential role in both denominational and Boston history. Documents, paintings, photographs and artifacts will be on display.

The congregation's anniversary page is worth visiting, too. An email about the BPL exhibit added a few helpful tidbits:

WHERE: The exhibit is in the Boston Room, just inside the Boylston Street entrance to the left. (Take a left into the circulation area, and left again into the exhibit area.) . . .

WHEN: It is open whenever the library is open, and should be up through the first week in April. We tentatively expect to remove it on April 8th and 9th. Parts of it will be on display at Arlington Street Church after that time.

Clearly I will be making a visit to the library.

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 17 March 2005 at 6:31 PM

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March 17, 2005 06:47 PM | Permalink for this comment

And did you know that there are still a few thousand Non-Subscribing Presbyterians in Northern Ireland? They're part of General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches in the UK.

Does anyone know how the Non-Subscribing Presbyterians fit into the whole conflict over Northern Ireland? I confess to almost total ignorance. In spite of being Phil O'Crites today only! I am as ignorant of things Irish as a Bostonian can be. I do like The Druid in Cambridge and Emmet's on Beacon Hill, though, if having a favorite Irish pub is all you need.


March 17, 2005 10:25 PM | Permalink for this comment

Ignorant of things Irish? Begorrah! You should hang your red head in shame, Phil me boyo. Or better yet, dye it some less Celtic color. (Did you even realize the "Celtics" aren't necessarily a basketball team?)


March 17, 2005 10:59 PM | Permalink for this comment

I know, Fausto, it's marching under false colors -- quite literally! But for all my red hair, my English-Welsh-Swedish-Swiss ancestry just isn't rich in Irishness. And what kind of self-respecting O'Crites would be celebrating St. Patrick's with a glass of Pinot Noir? At home? With perfectly good Irish pubs all around? It boggles the mind. I can't wait till things return to normal tomorrow.

P.S. Scott corrects me by pointing out that the Non-Subscribing Presbyterians aren't Unitarians -- despite what the Guardian and the BBC say. Or, to put it more precisely, some of 'em are Unitarians and some of 'em aren't. (Which provokes this thought: I suppose I don't subscribe either -- except to a whole library of magazines -- so I may be a Non-Subscribing Unitarian without knowing it. Sounds like an ad campaign just waiting to happen.)

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