The Anglican Religion of King's Chapel, April 12, 2015
The Reverend Dr. Carl Scovel, Minister Emeritus of King's Chapel
King's Chapel was the first Anglican Church in New England and has maintained liturgical Christian worship with its Prayer Book since 1686. Since its founding as a loyalist church in the Colonial period, the congregation has benefitted from multiple gifts of the Church of England with the Book of Common Prayer prominently serving as the unifying element of worship. The King’s Chapel version of the Prayer Book has been preserved and periodically re-issued since the American Revolution, the most recent edition having been led by the lecturer. Its duration and evolution suggest that liturgical worship can continue to bind the congregation so long as it is held “in common.”
The Unitarian Religion of King's Chapel, May 17, 2015
Dr. Daniel McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Senior Lecturer, Harvard Divinity School
After the American Revolution, King's Chapel became the first Unitarian Church in the New World. This lecture proceeds from the roots of Unitarianism in Europe and the centrality of religious tolerance and reason to the birth of American Unitarianism when the Chapel adopted Christian Unitarian theology. Ministers of the congregation contributed substantively to religious thought during the post-colonial period, and Unitarianism became a religious force following independence. The lecture explores how Christian Unitarianism has been sustained at King’s Chapel and the benefits it derives from these roots even as American Unitarianism has expanded outside the Christian faith.
The Independent Religion of King's Chapel Today, June 14, 2015 … The Reverend Joy Fallon, Senior Minister, King's Chapel
Expanding on the open-minded heritage of independence at King's Chapel in the context of being a church where ancient traditions are also preserved, this lecture offers a framework for considering what is essential and what is transient in religion at King's Chapel. Citing major changes in Christendom at historic intervals, the question is raised whether and how the church might be poised to serve a changing America in the 21st century when a majority of people who claim to be religious are not religiously affiliated. The lecture identifies a provocative array of elements that define religious experience for parishioners today including both traditional and new forms of religious expression – intimations of ever-evolving religious discovery.