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Today in Christian History
Simeon Stumpf is deprived of his parish in Zurich and will be exiled the following month. With Conrad Grebel he had called for complete abolition of the mass. The Zurich town council had said it should be left up to each priest.
John Eliot arrives in Boston, Massachussets. He was the first Protestant minister to dedicate himself to the conversion of native Americans to Christianity.
Robert Raikes publishes a letter on the success of his Sunday schools in the Gloucester Journal which is seen by William Fox, who promotes a national Sunday school movement.
English clergyman Thomas Coke, 37, first arrived in America, at New York City. He was the first Methodist bishop to come to the New World.
A painter defaces the statue of King William III in Dublin. The statue is hated by Catholics because William had secured Ireland for Protestantism, and hated by Protestant students because the rump of its horse faces their university. The culprit will never be apprehended. In 1928 the statue will be blown up.
Isabella Thoburn sails with Clara Swain from Boston harbor for India, where she will found a school for women.
Death of Canadian Methodist Albert Carman, the last and greatest of the holiness Methodists in Canada. He had broken a hip some time before and never recovered.
The Pentecostal Ministerial Alliance was organized at St. Louis, MO. It became the forerunner of a new denomination, established in 1932 as the Pentecostal Church, Inc.
Lutheran bishops prepare The Christian in the DNR to show Lutherans how to live under communism with obedience but without violating their consciences.
Death of Charles Chidongo Chinula, a pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Malawi, who had translated Pilgrim's Progress into the Tumbuka language. He had been expelled from the Presbyterian church for his combative spirit and founded a "Free Church," but eventually rejoined the Presbyterians, deploring the schism he had caused.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"