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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, June 25

1530
The leaders of the Reformation present the Augsburg Confession to Emperor Charles V - an explanation of the position and beliefs of Lutherans.
1600
Death of David Chytraeus who had played an important role in the writing of the Lutheran Church's Formula of Concord.
1744
The first Methodist conference convened, in London. This new society within Anglicanism imposed strict disciplines upon its members, formally separating from the Established Church in 1795.
1784
The Byzantine chapel named Bogdan Serai, used by Christian envoys to the Turkish Porte, is destroyed in a fire.
1862
Ludwig Nommensen lands on the island of Sumatra to begin the mission work for which he will be famous.
1865
English pioneer missionary J. Hudson Taylor, unable to bear the thought of millions perishing in the east, prays for twenty-four willing and skillful workers, and founds the China Inland Mission (later known as OMF - the Overseas Missionary Fellowship International).
1917
Myrtle Wilson and a group of women who want to be missionaries in Africa pray for funds. Within a month they receive enough money to sail for their destination.
1938
Pope Pius XI orders American anti-racist priest John LaFarge to draft an encyclical against racism because of the growing Aryanism of Germany. LaFarge will do so, but Vatican politics will prevent its promulgation before the pope's death the following February.
1957
During a convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the United Church of Christ (UCC) was formed by a merger of the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
1962
In the ruling Engel v. Vitale, the United States Supreme court bans official prayers in public schools on a case brought from New York, saying that such prayers are unconstitutional as a violation of the separation of church and state.

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