This is one of twelve sermons Earl Davis kept together in a twine-bound collection. While these manuscripts are undated, internal evidence clearly dates them to the years 1909-1911. The United States went through a recession in 1908, and there was increasing labor unrest, including a general strike in Philadelphia in 1910. These difficulties provide some of the backdrop to these manuscripts.
One of the manuscripts, “What about City Government,” has a clear notation that it was written for the “Pipe and Pen Club,” presumably some periodic gathering to discuss issues of the day. It is possible that all – or nearly all – of these manuscripts were prepared for that gathering, as they do not read like sermons.
Closely related to "The Work of a Church Today" (also part of this Twine Bound Collection), "Churches of Truth and Justice" concerns the proper role of a church in society.
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Earl Clement Davis, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy, church
Davis, Earl Clement, "Churches for Truth and Justice [Twine Bound Bundle]" (1910). Manuscripts. 25.