December 02, 2019
Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church’s new history features the lives and work of several forgotten Methodists, including one of New England’s first female China missionaries and a pastor from Alabama who was a civil-rights advocate.
“Splendid Epworth – How a Chapel in Old Cambridge Became a Pillar of Liberal New England Methodism” was written by longtime church member and retired journalist Lane Lambert. It has just been published by Lexington Press in Lexington, Mass.
“Splendid Epworth” traces the congregation’s 151-year history, from its founding in 1868 as North Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church. It was renamed Epworth Methodist in 1893, and became Harvard-Epworth with a merger of another Cambridge church.
In 1875, church member Letitia Campbell went to China as one of New England’s first female Methodist missionaries. From 1958-63, Harvard-Epworth’s pastor was the Rev. Daniel Whitsett, who left Alabama after he was threatened by the Ku Klux Klan. In 1999 the church became one of the early New England congregations to join the Reconciling Ministries Network for LGBT inclusion.
The book can be purchased for $25 per copy. Orders and information are available on the church's website (below).
Contact: Rev. Herb Taylor
Address: 1555 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge MA 02138