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Aug. 22 in Christian History

Aug 22, 2011 09:35 AM EDT

1670 - In Massachusetts, English-born colonial missionary John Eliot, 66, founded an Indian church at Martha's Vineyard, with educated Indians Hiacoomes and Tackanash appointed pastor and teacher, respectively.


1800 - Birth of Edward B. Pusey, English biblical scholar and Tractarian spokesman. A devoted church leader all his life, Pusey worked to establish religious orders in Anglicanism, founding in 1845 the first Anglican sisterhood.


1831 - Birth of William H. Cummings, English musicologist. In 1855 he adapted a theme from Mendelssohn's "Festgesang," which afterward became the melody of the Christmas carol, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."


1948 - The Amsterdam Assembly of the World Council of Churches convened (through Sept 4) to ratify the Constitution for this newly-formed experiment in organizational and global Christian unity.


1968 - Pope Paul VI arrived in Colombia, making his the first-ever papal visit to South America.

© 1987-2011, William D. Blake. Used by permission of the author, from

Almanac of the Christian Church