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Today in Christian History
Death of Pope Urban II, who had preached the first crusade.
Eight Quakers from England arrive at Boston on the Speedwell and are immediately imprisoned by Puritan authorities. The Puritans look upon Quakerism with suspicion, regarding it as theologically apostate and politically subversive.
Birth of Fran‡ois H. Barth‚l‚mon, French Swedenborgian composer. Two of his manyworks later became hymn tunes: AUTUMN (Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus) and BALERMA (Oh, fora Closer Walk with God).
Death of John Sergeant, missionary to New England's Indians. Among his memorable actions had been enlisting David Brainerd as a fellow-missionary to the Indians.
Death of Swedish hymnwriter Caroline (Lina) V. Sandell Berg. Her most popular hymn in the United States had been "Day by Day."
William Wade Harris, a visionary black preacher, sets out to evangelize the French colony of Ivory Coast where he achieves notable success.
Felix Manalo incorporates Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines. It is influenced by Seventh-day Adventist teachings.
William Sangster is ordained in Wesley Chapel. He will become one of the most influential leaders of the British Methodists during the twentieth century and will constantly appeal to Methodists to return to their roots and seek deeper faith. He also will resist anti-Semitism.
Death of Ding Shujing, the first woman to lead China's branch of the Young Women's Christian Association.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's parents learn of his execution by Nazis at Buchenwald concentration camp through a broadcast emanating from London.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"