July 19 in Christian History

Jul 19, 2010 07:57 AM EDT

1649 - In London, Edward Winslow, governor of the Plymouth Colony, helped organize the Society for Propagating the Gospel in New England, for the purpose of converting the American Indians to Christian faith.

1692 - Five Massachusetts women were hanged for witchcraft. Fifteen young girls in theSalem community charged as many as 150 citizens in the area with witchcraft during thegreater part of this year.

1825 - The American Unitarian Association was founded by members of the liberal wing ofthe Congregational churches in New England.

1835 - Birth of Jesse Engle, pioneer missionary. In 1898 he led the first party of five missionaries to Africa under sponsorship of the Brethren in Christ Missions.

1904 - Construction began on the Liverpool Cathedral in England. The cathedral was completed 20 years later and consecrated on this same date in 1924.

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