This sermon, preached in Pittsfield’s Unity Church on November 20, 1904, and the next one, “Man’s Responsibility,” also preached in Pittsfield’s Unity Church a week later on November 27, 1904, are sermons likely preached as part of the process through which Earl Davis secured the ministry of the Unity Church in Pittsfield, which commenced in April, 1905.
This sermon is structured around a discussion of Thanksgiving, focusing on what it takes to be a pioneer or explorer--whether of new lands or new ideas. Davis looks briefly at the history of Pittsfield and at the needs of today for courage, independence and faith in solving the problems of the modern world. He says that Thanksgiving is not about thanks for the past, but about hope for the future.
Note written before the text: "Written to give courage and independence and faith to people just recovering from a period of discouragement".
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Earl Clement Davis, sermons, minister, Unitarianism, religion, philosophy, Thanksgiving, Leviticus 23:34-36, Deuteronomy 16:13-15, John 6:38, Revelation 21:1-7
Davis, Earl Clement, "The Modern Pioneer" (1904). Sermons, 1902-1904. 8.