This Sunday’s service: “The Life of Joseph Priestley”

Joseph Priestley in 1794. Portrait by Ellen Sharples. Click on image for a larger view.

Joseph Priestley in 1794. Portrait by Ellen Sharples. Click on image for a larger view.

David Moffat, a scholar, writer, poet, and a lead guide at the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, will lead our service this Sunday, September 21. The title of Moffat’s topic is “The Wonderful Structure of the World: The Life of Joseph Priestley.”

Within the context of Priestley’s long and extraordinary life (1733-1804), David will present a portrait of his relationship to the emerging Unitarian church and its leaders Theophilus Lindsey and Richard Price, the congregations of Essex Street and Newington Green, and the spread of Unitarianism in early America. This will be accompanied by a look at his social and political beliefs, which were generally reformist and utilitarian.

You can read a Boston Globe article about Moffat and the House of the Seven Gables by clicking here.

Celtic music will be provided by Tony and Ann Walsh, former church members, along with Chris Leghorn.

Also Sunday will be an open house for our Religious Exploration Program, which begins this Sunday. Families with children are invited to attend our service, meet our community, and discuss our children’s programs. Meryl Baier, our RE Director, will meet with prospective parents about the program vision, curriculum, and what we teach for what age.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. The RE Open House will be held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Visitors are always welcome.

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