More than five years ago, I first wrote about a Unitarian effort about 110 years past for the creation of “lay centres” that in many ways anticipated the post-WWII Fellowship Movement.
There’s little I can find about this initiative apart from a few articles and a small worship guide. I intended to say more about the book — famous last words — but it is fragile and rare enough that I did not want to subject it to a flatbed scanner.
So I’ll pick up where I left off. A couple of years used my phone camera to first “scan” it, and then produced a version to share. This is part of my ongoing meditation what churches can do with less-than-optimal resources. So far as I know there’s a single survivor from that experiment: First Unitarian, Memphis, a.k.a The Church of the River.
Here are those articles listed in one place, to finally launch my review. Hope it’s helpful; comments welcome, below.
- A hymnal from Fellowship Movement prehistory (April 3, 2014)
- Inside the Lay Centers service book (April 4, 2014)
- List of hymns in the League of Lay Centers hymnal (April 5, 2014)
- “A Hundred Unitarian Sunday Circles” (1895) (April 6, 2014)
- A Unitarian Te Deum (July 15, 2017)
- Lay centers service book: first thoughts (July 17, 2017)
- There’s a link to a Google Doc with the book’s text in this article