Unitarian Church


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Anthologization Frances Power Cobbe
The agnostic FPC wrote her best-known hymn, beginning For life, for health I bless Thee; it was popular later in the century in Unitarian and non-denominational hymn books.
Mitchell, Sally. Frances Power Cobbe: Victorian Feminist, Journalist, Reformer. University of Virginia Press.
Cultural formation Eleanor Rathbone
ER came from a long-established English family settled in Liverpool, with a tradition of industrialism, philanthropy, high culture, Liberalism, and Dissent (either Quaker or Unitarian ).
Cultural formation Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon
She was not baptised, since her father regarded the ceremony as a mere unmeaning shibboleth. Her radical and Unitarian family background encouraged her bent towards feminism and educational reform. She herself seems to have been...
Cultural formation Elizabeth Gaskell
EG was brought up in the Unitarian faith, taught to reject the concept of the Trinity and that of original sin, and to believe in the Scriptures and in reason. Unitarians presumed that the mind...
Cultural formation Edna Lyall
Her family had been Roman Catholic back in 1605, at the height of Catholic unrest and persecution of Catholics in England.
Escreet, J. M. The Life of Edna Lyall. Longmans, Green and Co.
EL , however, came from a liberal Unitarian background: her father (to whom...
Cultural formation Mary Carpenter
She belonged to the English middle class; her parents were members of the intellectual aristrocracy of English puritanism, as her father was a dissenting Unitarian minister.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
She was the first of six children, three daughters...
Cultural formation Mary Augusta Ward
She was deeply familiar with Victorian religious crisis. Brought up in her mother's faith, Huguenot-descended protestantism,
Schlueter, Paul, and June Schlueter, editors. An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers. Garland.
while living through her father's successive shifts of belief and witnessing their negative impact on his family and his...
Cultural formation Eva Gore-Booth
EGB came from a Protestant family but broke with that tradition in favour of many other spiritual pursuits. Biographer Gifford Lewis writes: even before her teens she had become, in Christian terms, godless and her...
Cultural formation Beatrice Webb
Her family were Unitarian s but her father converted to the Church of England . She followed his example and was confirmed as an Anglican while at boarding school in Bournemouth. But the hold of...
Cultural formation Elizabeth Ham
EH lived to the age of about thirty without questioning her religion, or those parts of the Bible which she could understand. Meeting with earnest Evangelicals would leave her at a loss what to think...
Cultural formation Anne Manning
She was born into a well-established English family; Charlotte Yonge says her father belonged to the higher professional class:
Oliphant, Margaret et al. Women Novelists of Queen Victoria’s Reign. Hurst and Blackett.
an uncle, cousin, and brother all distinguished themselves in legal fields.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
It is not...
Cultural formation Margaret Sandbach
The Roscoes were a well-known, presumably white, Unitarian , intellectual family who were well established in the Liverpool area.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Cultural formation Lydia Maria Child
She had a strong sense of her American identity, but in religion she was a seeker who found it hard to feel at home in any denomination. Rejecting the strict Calvinism in which she was...
Cultural formation Julia Wedgwood
Her parents were connected to the Unitarian tradition descending in the family from Josiah Wedgwood as well as to the largely Anglican evangelical and philanthropic Clapham Sect centred close to their home in South London...
Cultural formation Isabella Neil Harwood
Not much is known about INH 's early life or her life beyond her writing, except that she was born to Scottish and English parents of the professional class, who were Unitarians . As Richard Garnett


1749: David Hartley published Observations on Man,...

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David Hartley published Observations on Man, his Frame, his Duties, and his Expectations, which established a materialist theory of the human mind.

1771: Political thinker Richard Price (who was...

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Political thinker Richard Price (who was later a Unitarian ) published probably the best-known attack on enclosures, Observations on Reversionary Payments, which went through six editions.

17 April 1774: The inaugural service was held at the first...

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17 April 1774

The inaugural service was held at the first Unitarian chapel, in Essex Street, London.

April 1792: Mobs attacked houses and mills owned by Unitarians...

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April 1792

Mobs attacked houses and mills owned by Unitarians in Nottingham; two months later, meeting-houses in Manchester were sacked, and, in November, mills in Belper.

11 May 1792: Edmund Burke in his Speech on the Petition...

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11 May 1792

Edmund Burke in his Speech on the Petition of the Unitarians argued that Unitarians, who denied the doctrine of the Trinity, could not claim toleration like Catholics , Presbyterian s, Quakers , and others.

1796: Joseph Priestley published at Philadelphia...

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Joseph Priestley published at PhiladelphiaUnitarianism Explained and Defended, in a Discourse Delivered in the Church of the Universalists, at Philadelphia.

1813: An Act of Parliament conferred legal status...

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An Act of Parliament conferred legal status on the Unitarians by absolving them of the official charge of blasphemy.

October 1891: The Labour Church, an organization professing...

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October 1891

The Labour Church , an organization professing Christian Socialism, held its first service, in Manchester. Its founder, John Trevor , had been a Unitarian minister.

29 September 1904: Gertrude von Petzold, a German Unitarian,...

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29 September 1904

Gertrude von Petzold , a German Unitarian , became the first woman to act as a minister in England since before the Victorian age.


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