: Title page to the Universalist hymn book compiled by George Rogers in 1843. The hymn book contains songs and hymns of all types, "to the livelier as well as graver purposes of devotion." The hymn book was published by R. P. Brooks of Cincinnati, Ohio, located on Walnut Street between Third and Fourth. Universalism is a religious denomination that shares many of the same beliefs as Christianity, but does not accept all Christian teachings. Its followers believe that all persons can find salvation and that the souls of all people are in a constant search for improvement. Universalists also believe that science and reason both sanction their faith.
Universalist beliefs existed for centuries, but a Universalist Church did not formally organize until the 1750s. It came from England to America during the 1770s, and John Murray organized the first Universalist Church in North America in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1779. Universalists first appeared in Ohio during the early 1800s. By 1850, more than fifty Universalist Churches existed in Ohio--many were located in small towns.
In 1961, the American Unitarian Association joined with the Universalist Church of America to form the Unitarian Universalist Association. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Ohio--Religion; Religious services; Hymns; Printing industry and trade--Ohio Places
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