Annual Congregational Library Lecture

Annual Congregational Library Lecture

The 2020 Lecture (delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic) will take place
at 5:30 pm on Thursday 28th January 2021. Professor Jane Shaw, Principal of
Harris Manchester College and Professor of the History of Religion at the
University of Oxford will speak on the subject, Nonconformists and the
Modern Revival of Mysticism. The early twentieth century saw a revival of
interest in mysticism, and an accompanying growth in retreats and prayer
groups. While Anglicans and Roman Catholics initially sparked the revival,
nonconformists – especially women – contributed to it in significant ways.
Some wrote influential books, others edited modern editions of the medieval
mystics, yet others helped lead retreats and prayer meetings, and a handful
engaged in a rigorous form of the mystic and ascetic life themselves. In
addition, many nonconformists were shaped by this renewal of mysticism
(notably the leading Congregationalist of the day, R. J. Campbell), and made
it a part of their theology and daily life. This lecture will consider the
impact of nonconformists on the revival of mysticism, and the impact of the
revival on key nonconformists. The lecture will be delivered via Zoom and is
free of charge. To obtain the Zoom link and password please contact the
Secretary of the Friends of the Congregational Library, Patricia Judd

New Congregational Memorial Hall Trust and Congregational Library website

We have been asked by the trustees of the Congregational Memorial Hall Trust
and Library to publicise their new website which can be accessed at
http://www.conglib.ac.uk . The Congregational Memorial
Hall Trust was founded in 1872 to create a memorial to those Christian
ministers who were forced out of their positions in the Church of England
following the Act of Uniformity in 1662. The fund established by the Trust
was used to create the Congregational Library and encourage and assist
Biblical studies. Since 1872 the Library has occupied a number of sites in
London and is now lodged with Dr Williams’s Library in Gordon Square,
London, who manage the Congregational Library collections on behalf of the
Trust. The United Reformed Church, the Congregational Federation and the
Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches, all of which grew out of
Congregationalism, each have an interest in the Trust and have a right to
appoint its trustees. Among the collections held by the Congregational
Library are the archives of the Congregational Union/Congregational Church,
1831-1972, and some of its successors, 1972 onwards: namely the United
Reformed Church, and the Unaffiliated Congregational Churches Charities. The
Congregational Library holds over 50,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals
concerned with Congregationalism, Puritanism and Dissent in general.