Tag Archives: Protestantism

Where Historians Work: Q&A with Margaret Bendroth of the Congregational Library and Archives

23 Jun

It’s not enough to have an archive full of great stuff—“Library 2.0” as I’ve come to understand it, means making your material accessible and compelling to all kinds of different people. How do you convince the average person on the street that the past matters? Not in some golly-gee whiz isn’t this neat kind of way, but in clear and simple language.

At the Junto, Katy Lasdow interviews Margaret Bendroth, the Executive Director of the Congregational Library & Archives. (I just finished reading Bendroth’s The Last Puritans. It is well worth your time to read.)

Source: Where Historians Work: Q&A with Margaret Bendroth of the Congregational Library and Archives « The Junto

A Native Perspective on Memorial Day

2 Jun

This is a commentary to which, as a historian, a Christian, and a friend of the author, I say, Amen!: A Native Perspective on Memorial Day – Native News Online

Raise a Juice Box to the Temperance Movement

9 May

Why is grape juice instead of wine used in the Lord’s Supper in so many American Protestant churches? Read historians Jennifer L. Woodruff Tait’s cogent and concise history about this here at Christianity Today: Raise a Juice Box to the Temperance Movement | Christian History

The Forgotten American Missionaries of Pyongyang 

27 Apr

It may be difficult to imagine from the perspective of the 21st century, but the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang once had at its center a community of Americans—Christian missionaries who lived there from 1895 to 1942.

Read the rest of this concise account by Robert Kim here at Atlas Obscura: The Forgotten American Missionaries of Pyongyang – Atlas Obscura

The Sketchy Faith Healer Who Tried to Save New York From Vice

20 Apr

John Alexander Dowie, a faith healer, made waves not only in the United States but also Africa. Read a concise account of his work here at Atlas Obscura: The Sketchy Faith Healer Who Tried to Save New York From Vice – Atlas Obscura

Church revival? More liberals are filling Protestant pews.

15 Apr

Since the rise of Donald Trump, liberal-leaning churches have reported surges in attendance and newfound energy in the pews. Will it prove a temporary ‘Trump bump’ or a lasting change after decades of decline in mainline Protestant churches? This Christian Science Monitor story features a Reformed Church in America congregation: Church revival? More liberals are filling Protestant pews. – CSMonitor.com

The Western origins of the sanctuary movement

14 Mar

Churches in the West are once again at the forefront of a grassroots effort to save immigrants from deportation. Read Sarah Troy’s cogent report on the history and current directions of the reawakened Sanctuary movement here at High Country News: The Western origins of the sanctuary movement — High Country News

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