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Forrest Church

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Frank Forrester Church IV September 23, 1948 – September 24, 2009 was a leading Unitarian Universalist minister, author, and theologian He was Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, until late 2006 when he was appointed as Minister of Public Theology

Contents

  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Writings
  • 3 Television appearance
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Biography

Church was born in Palo Alto, California, while his father, Frank Church, was a student at Stanford Law School Following graduation in 1950, the family returned to Boise, Idaho His father was elected to the United States Senate in 1956 and served four terms, until January 1981

Church was a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Divinity School He received a PhD in early church history from Harvard University in 1978

On February 4, 2008, Church sent a letter to the members of his congregation informing them that he had terminal cancer He told them of his intention, which he successfully realized, to sum up his thoughts on the topics that had been pervasive in his work in a final book, entitled Love & Death

Forrest Church died of esophageal cancer in New York City on September 24, 2009 He is buried in Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise

Writings

Church is best known as a leader of liberal religion Between 1985 and his death, he wrote or edited more than 20 books These include technical studies of Christian and Gnostic literature, as well as over a dozen books addressing a wider audience

Books authored by Church include:

  • Father and Son: A Personal Biography of Senator Frank Church of Idaho
  • The trilogy A Humane Comedy: The Devil and Dr Church, Entertaining Angels, and The Seven Deadly Virtues
  • Early Christian Prayer
  • Early Christian Hymns
  • The Essential Tillich
  • God and Other Famous Liberals: Recapturing Bible, Flag, and Family from the Far Right, Walker & Company, 1996 ISBN 978-0802774835
  • A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, with John A Buehrens, Beacon Press, 1998 ISBN 0807016160
  • The American Creed: A Spiritual and Patriotic Primer, 2002 ISBN 0-312-30344-0
  • So Help Me God: The Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle Over Church and State, 2007 ISBN 978-0151011858
  • Freedom From Fear: Finding the Courage to Act, Love and Be ISBN 0-312-32534-7
  • Love & Death, Beacon Press, 2008 ISBN 0807072931
  • The Cathedral of the World: A Universalist Theology, Beacon Press, 2009 ISBN 0807073237

Books edited by Church:

  • Restoring Faith: America's Religious Leaders Answer Terror with Hope, Walker & Company, 2001 ISBN 978-0802776327
  • The Separation of Church and State: Writings on a Fundamental Freedom by America's Founders, Beacon Press, 2004 ISBN 9780807077221

Television appearance

Church can be seen offering commentary in the History Channel documentary Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas

References

  1. ^ Steinfels, Peter October 7, 1991 "Pastor's Conduct Divides East Side Congregation" New York Times Retrieved July 5, 2013 
  2. ^ a b Biography on All Souls NYC page, retrieved 10 June 2007
  3. ^ "Things To Do When You Get Your Life Back", sermon by Forrester Church, November 14, 1999, retrieved 10 June 2007
  4. ^ Holley, Joe September 29, 2009 "Influential NY Unitarian Minister" Washington Post Retrieved July 5, 2013 
  5. ^ Grimes, William September 25, 2009 "Rev Forrest Church, Who Embraced a Gospel of Service, Dies at 61" New York Times 
  6. ^ Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas 1997 on IMDb

External links

  • "For the Victims of the Day of Terror", sermon by Forrest Church All Souls Unitarian Church, New York City, September 12, 2001
  • "Forrest Church" Tavis Smiley Show PBS 2007-10-25 Archived from the original on 2008-04-04 Retrieved 2016-05-05 
  • Love and Death Facing cancer with lessons learned from my parishioners, By Forrest Church in UU World magazine
  • New York Times obituary
  • Obituary at Unitarian Universalist Association site
  • Video: Love and Death: My Journey Through the Valley of the Shadow on YouTube
  • People magazine - May 19, 1986
  • Forrest Church at Find a Grave

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