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This is one of twelve sermons Earl Davis kept together in a twine-bound bundle. 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 "Churches for Truth and Justice" (also part of the Twine Bound Bundle), this concerns the proper role of a church in society. The idea is to serve as a site for like-minded men and women to gather for determining and realizing the deeper and abiding values of life -- and to make sure that these move beyond intellectual notions and are actualized in one's life.

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Earl Clement Davis, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy, church

Rights Statement

The Work of a Church Today [Twine Bound Bundle]



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