November 17 Service at 10:30 AM
Nathaniel Hawthorne was not conventionally religious and, in fact, avoided membership in any established church. Nevertheless, he wrote with passion and sensitivity about many issues of spiritual and moral significance and described the people who played significant roles in Salem’s turbulent religious history. In contrast, Susannah Ingersoll, owner of the House of the Seven Gables, was a faithful, lifelong member and supporter of East Church in Salem, a church that became the founding congregation of a new Unitarian Association. This illustrated talk will focus on some of the many colorful incidents and personalities in the early religious history of the church on the North Shore.