1779Members of the First Parish Church formed the Independent Christian Church.People and Communities, Religion

By-laws 1779. The Independent Christian Society of Gloucester (Universalist) Collection, Box 2, FF4, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Gloucester, MA.
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Some of these parishioners had been suspended from the First Parish Church the previous year. In all, 31 men and 30 women drew up “Articles of Association” and chose John Murray as minister. This is considered the first Universalist Church in America.

Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Vol. II. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888. http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco02hurd “Our History | Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church,” November 16, 2023. https://www.gloucesteruu.org/about-us-3/our-history/.
By-laws 1779. The Independent Christian Society of Gloucester (Universalist) Collection, Box 2, FF4, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Gloucester, MA.
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