All Souls was founded on November 15th, 1819. From its humble beginnings in a downtown parlor to its rise as a flagship of Unitarian Universalism, it has been a beacon for liberal religious thinking for more than two centuries.
In 2019, to commemorate our 200th birthday, the Bicentennial Committee collected stories and art from the All Souls community and posted them on our Bicentennial Website, allsoulsnyc200.com, along with an illustrated historical timeline of the church.
The Bicentennial Committee also published All Souls at 200, a beautiful full-color, coffee-table-style, book. Copies are available at church (while supplies last, $35.00), or they can be ordered on Amazon (print-on-demand, $60.00).
All Souls Historical Society
Christina Bellamy, President
James Moskin, Vice President
Mary Dugan, Treasurer
Bill Bechman, Co-coordinator of the Archives
Lois Coleman, Co-coordinator of the Archives
The Historical Society was founded in 1980 to stimulate research into the history of the church and its members, and to collect and preserve records and artifacts related to that history. Maintaining the All Souls archives has been a significant part of the Historical Society’s responsibility. They were kept organized for many years by our archivist, Lorraine Allen, until 2017, when they were moved to the Wiggin Library at Meadville Lombard Theological School. They are in the process of being digitized and made available online for researchers at tinyurl.com/all-souls-archives.
Archiving our All Souls Pandemic Experiences
We are creating an archive for future generations documenting All Souls members’ and friends’ lives during the COVID-19 epidemic. Please send us reflections on your daily life during the pandemic and your experiences in All Souls’ virtual community. We’d love to receive pictures, prose, poetry, photos of your artwork, audio, and video for our archives. Please send questions or submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post selected submissions on the All Souls History website which is currently in development. Thank you!
The Annual Bellows Lecture, 2020
Dr. Bernard Unti, Senior Policy Adviser and Special Assistant to the President of the Humane Society of the United States, will give the 36th Annual Henry Whitney Bellows Lecture on Sunday, November 22nd at 1:15pm. He will speak about the life of Henry Bergh, the founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a member of All Souls from 1865 until his death in 1888, and the history of animal rights.