What is the Congregational Library?

This Sunday, October 29, we will welcome Margaret Bendroth as our guest preacher. Margaret serves as the Executive Director of the Congregational Library in Boston. In last week's newsletter, through an historical document, I reminded us of the decision to become a Congregational church in 1841.  Although we still carry the Congregational title in our name, many Congregational churches linked arms with the Evangelical and Reformed churches in 1957 to become the United Church of Christ. Congregationalism has a rich history of helping to shape society. The Congregational Library defines itself best in these words taken from the website.
~ Eldonna Hazen
The Congregational Library began in 1853 when a small group of Boston clergymen donated 56 books from their personal collections. A century and a half later, it has become an internationally recognized resource for scholars, religious leaders, and local churches. The Library resides in Congregational House, erected in 1898 as a denominational headquarters, now a vibrant community of not-for-profit organizations in the heart of Boston's Beacon Hill. Both the Congregational Library & Archives and this building embody the core commitment of its founding tradition, to advance democratic values and to foster the common good.
Today the Congregational Library & Archives is a thriving center for researchers of all kinds, from professional historians to church members curious about their roots - anyone wanting to understand more about a religious tradition that has deeply informed American culture. The Congregational story is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, beginning with the seventeenth-century Puritans and continuing on through nineteenth-century abolitionists and social reformers to the work of modern-day Congregational churches toward a just and open society.
We believe that the stories of the past are an essential resource for twenty-first century life, providing depth and balance in an always moving world. In that spirit we are continually updating our learning opportunities. As an all-purpose library, we serve the professional scholars, graduate students, and genealogists who work in our historical collection, as well as the busy people who come here for seminars on Congregational history, walking tours of Boston's historic churches, or informal lunches with well-known scholars and popular authors.
The Congregational Library & Archives brings old and new together, carrying forward a tradition of care for the world's future by preserving and interpreting the stories of the past.

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 10:32 am in Featured Content.

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