First Independent Christian Church (Baltimore, Maryland)

First Independent Christian Church (Baltimore, Maryland)

The First Independent Christian Church of Baltimore, Maryland, was built in 1817 from a design by Maximilien Godefroy. Here on May 5, 1819, William Ellery Channing delivered his famous sermon, published as Unitarian Christianity, at the ordination of Jared Sparks, which laid out the theological views of the emerging Unitarian movement.

For more information, see: Rebecca Funk, A Heritage to Hold in Fee, 1817-1917. Baltimore: Garamond Press, 1962. The library's collection of the papers of Channing includes drafts of the sermon (bMS 100/1). [Photo: bMS 15001/1]

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