Dedication: A Centennial Story

Episode Index

February 16, 2020

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BLACK HISTORY BONUS - Central Area Reading Room (1970) [spoiler alert: Part 2 chapter preview] African American history in Christian Science (limited time posting - download now) 

Part 1 - 1889 to 1929    
 1. The Centennial 2016 A box of historical records is opened... 
 2. U-District Society 1916 Mrs. Mollie Gerry starts a church in the University District...
 3. The New Birth 1889 Mrs. Julia Field-King comes to Seattle just after the great fire...
 4. Structure of Truth and Love (1892) 1892 Mrs. King's students in Seattle start organizing...
 5. The Mother Church  1893 Rev. Mary Baker Eddy directs her follower to build a stone church in Boston... 
 6. A New Church 1895 Mrs. King founds and builds a church in St. Louis...
 7. Christian Scientist 1899 Mr. Allen H. Armstrong of San Jose, California, receives an invitation from Seattle…
 8. Christian Science Chapel 1900 Seattle Christian Scientists build a chapel on Sixth Ave...
 9. Mother Church Extension  1902 Mr. Edward A. Kimball proposes a $2M church extension... 
 10. Resolutions 1906 Mr. Edwin R. Hoskins makes a resolution for unity... 
 11. Not the Old Style Church 1907 Mr. Oliver C. McGilvra takes over the Building Committee...
12. Letter of Withdrawal 1909 Mrs. France C. Baker et al. withdraw their membership...
13. Independence Day 1909 Fourth Church begins on July 4... 
14. Temporary Structure 1909 First Church builds a temporary structure…. 
15. Pastor Emeritus - Rev. Mary Baker Eddy 1910  Mr. Adelden J. Blethen, Seattle Times Editor-in-Chief writes on Rev. Eddy's career... 
16. Joint Activities  1911 Cooperative church activities begin in the Empire Building... 
17. Temple of Bedord Limestone 1914 Mr. Oliver C. McGilvra reads at opening services... 
18. Seismic Disturbance 1914 Rev. Dr. Mark A. Matthews D.D. leads a great series of Christian unity revivals... 
19. Spreading Branches 1914 Fourth Church buys building lot at 8th and Seneca... 
20. Declarations of War 1914 Mr. Allen H. Armstrong gives an address about dedication... 
21. A Woman's Religion 1914 U-District Society asks the UW YWCA for help...
22. Church Growth 1915 Mr. Bicknell Young gives a lecture at University Bank Building... 
23. First Unit 1915 Mr. William K. Shelden gives an address at Fourth Church...
24. Incorporation 1916 U-District Society becomes Third Church...
25. University of Washington Society 1917 Christian Science Society at UW is formed... 
26. Membership Motion 1918 Is Third Church ready to build? 
27. Building Committee 1919 Third Church Building Committee meets at the Lantz residence...
28. Foundation 1919 Mr. Neil McDonald begins excavation for Third Church... 
29. Queen Anne Hall 1920 Seventh Church organizes...
30. The Plan 1920 Building Committee explains "The Plan" to Third Church members...
31. First Church Dedication 1920 First Church dedicates...
32. Building Fund 1920 Third Church Building Committee considers two options... 
33. Election Meeting 1920 Annual election changes Building Committee...
34. Call Letter 1921 Third Church Building Committee is ready to procede...
35. Cornerstone 1921 Service for laying the Third Church cornerstone...
36. Walls and Roof 1921 First phase of Third Church construction... 
37. Final Plans 1921 Mrs. Bertha V. Sandall sells mortgage bonds... 
38. Opening Services 1922 Mr. Ralph Forbes conducts opening services at Third Church...
39. Second Unit 1922 Mrs. Violet W. Dunham oversees launch of Fourth Church construction...
40. Elevation 1922 Mr. Charles T. Hutson gets to the bottom of elevation issues...
41. Terra-Cotta 1922 Fourth Church members visit tile manufacturing plant... 
42. Primitive Christianity 1922 Fourth Church lays its cornerstone...
43. Art Glass 1922 Mr. George F. Dunham visits Dannehoffer Glass Works in Brooklyn, NY. Opening services at Fourth Church... 
44. Seventh Church Service 1923 Design considerations for Seventh Church...
45. The Lot 1924 Seventh Church reconsiders its location...
46. Architect 1925 Mr. OM Kullien chairs Seventh Church Building Committee. Mr. Harlan Thomas gets involved... 
47. Christian Science Teacher 1929 Recap of Allen H. Armstrong's influence...
48. Afterword 2019 Author Cindy Safronoff reflects on Part 1
 Part 2 - 1929 to 1979    (in the works, coming soon..)