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June 8 in Christian History

Jun 08, 2007 08:23 AM EDT

June 8

1536: Ten Articles of Religion were published by the English clergy, in support of Henry VIII's Declaration of Supremacy. The Anglican Church had begun defining its doctrinal distinctions, after breaking with Roman Catholicism.

1810: Birth of German composer Robert A. Schumann, who composed the sacred tune CANONBURY, to which is commonly sung the hymn, "Lord Speak to Me That I May Speak."

1942: Unevangelized Fields Mission (UFM) was incorporated in Philadelphia. Today this interdenominational mission agency works in a dozen countries in Latin America, Europe and Africa.

1973: The American Society of Missiology was founded in St. Louis. The ecumenical organization seeks to stimulate an academic interest in Christian missions, and publishes the journal Missiology: An International Review.

1978: Through the voice of its president Spencer W. Kimball, the Mormon Church reversed a 148-year-long policy of spiritual discrimination against African-American leadership within the denomination.

Source: William D. Blake. Almanac of the Christian Church, Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.