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Union Church Collection, 1865-

Overview

Abstract

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Constitution and History

Congregational Meetings and Annual Reports

Membership

Pastors and Staff

Correspondence

General Committee

Worship

Music

Deacons

Christian Education

Outreach and Mission

Women's Organizions

Trustees

Finances

Buildings and Grounds

Anniversaries: 150th Anniversary and others - Oral History Interview Recordings and Transcripts

Newsletters

Photographs and Scrapbooks

Worship Service Audio and Video Recordings



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Collection Overview

Title: Union Church Collection, 1865-Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Church of Christ, Union (Berea, Ky.).

Extent: 29.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The records are arranged in eighteen series:

Series 1: Constitution and History

Series 2: Congregational Meetings and Annual Reports

Series 3: Membership

Series 4: Pastors and Staff

Series 5: Correspondence

Series 6: General Committee

Series 7: Worship

Series 8: Music

Series 9: Deacons

Series 10: Christian Education

Series 11: Outreach and Missions

Series 12: Women’s Organizations

Series 13: Trustees

Series 14: Finances

Series 15: Buildings and Grounds

Series 16: Anniversaries - Oral History Interview Recordings and Transcripts

Series 17: Newsletters

Series 18: Photographs and Scrapbooks

Series 19: Audio-Visual Materials

Subjects: American Missionary Association., Appalachian Region -- Church history., Berea, (Ky.), Berea College, Church of Christ, Union (Berea, Ky.)., Cowan, Thomas B. (Scotty)., Fee, John Gregg -- 1816-1901, Oral history -- Appalachian region., Oral history -- Berea College (Ky).

Languages: English

Abstract

The Church of Christ, Union, of Berea Kentucky (Union Church) collection consists of materials pertaining to the historical, financial, and celebratory records of the institution.  It also includes information about the church’s order for worship, including music and the arts as a part of the church’s history.

There are minutes, programs, and brochures about the governance of the church and in celebration of its two major anniversaries: the Centennial in 1953 and the Sesquicentennial in 2003.  Other series included are correspondence of the church and individuals, pastors, and the work of the church’s women’s organizations.

Union Church, established by Berea College founder John G. Fee, has served the community of southern Madison County in various ways throughout the decades.  Fee founded the church on the principles of social and racial equality by recognizing chattel slavery as a sin.

After being forced into exile following John Brown’s raid upon Harper’s Ferry in 1859, Fee courageously returned and worked to firmly establish the institutions by which he christened following the American Civil War. It was in 1865 that the war ended, the thirteenth amendment was passed, and the church’s oldest covenant was established, “to work together as a church and extend to each other mutual love and watch care.”  Fee served as the congregation’s pastor until 1895 when he resigned due to a lack of support for a resolution on baptism by immersion.

Because Berea College was the child of Brother Fee, Union Church was considered “the mother of Berea College.”  The church received financial support for many years from the school.  During the mid 1970’s, however, that supported was terminated, while Union Church remains an active influence in the life and history of Berea College.

The Church was established as a nondenominational body and did not have a permanent meeting place until 1902 when the Parish House was constructed with the help of college funding. In 1920, the Fee Memorial Building was erected with supporting funds coming from Berea College.  The church took on a major fundraising campaign, “Together We Will Build,” during the 1960’s in order to complete the Religious Educational building that opened in 1965.  In memoriam of the beloved Reverend Dr. T.B. “Scotty” Cowan, former pastor, a chapel was constructed and dedicated in 1982 at the side of the church.

The work of Union Church stretches beyond the rural Berea community.  Fee himself was a member of the American Missionary Association that supported the college until Fee suspected a denominational influence in the organization.  Many of the members of the church have also served in the mission field through various organizations.  It is because of these connections that the Benevolence and Outlying Work committees of the church have played a significant role in its history.

For central Appalachia, it has served in fieldwork aiding the region through education, health services, and igniting an evangelical spirit with in its people. The women’s organizations of the church have also been instrumental in providing clothing, health care, and food for families in need in the surrounding areas. Several non profit charitable organizations have been aided via the Outreach and Benevolence committees, including the American Friends Service Committee, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the United Board for Christian Higher Education, and other organizations.

Art is among the many unique appreciations witnessed in the history of Union Church.  Many members have served as artists for different mediums.  Along with the adult and children’s choirs, hand bell ensemble, and traditional Appalachian music, the church has been capable of allowing music to play a significant role in worship.  For many years at Christmas George Handle’s Messiah was performed by the church and community choirs.  In 1987, the church created a committee in order to secure a purchase of a new Steiner organ used for recitals, special services, and Sunday morning choir accompaniment.

With a variety of pastors coming from diverse backgrounds in worship and theological training, Union Church has remained a nondenominational and ecumenical body throughout its existence.  In 1953, the congregation celebrated its centennial anniversary.  During, 2003, the church celebrated its Sesquicentennial anniversary by incorporating a history of worship, efforts for social justice, and the legacy set forth by its founder, John G. Fee, during many specially scheduled worship services throughout the year.  Some of the past ministers and former members of the church that serve as missionaries and clergy returned throughout the year for the anniversary and special meetings.

This collection reflects the diversity of the church and its dramatic influence of the development of the community of Berea. From the specific membership records, constitutional drafts and amendments, to biographical information on the various ministers, missionaries, and other clergy, this is a representation of a unique and challenging history.  This diversity along with individual accomplishments of its members’ service to the specific communities of the Appalachian region and to the people of the world can be found within the correspondence of both church members and benevolent organization.  The Union Church collection shows the history of the evangelical witness of its people and its impact of its existence in the community of Berea College and beyond.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of official church records, publications, correspondence, audio recorded oral history interviews, and worship service recordings documenting the founding and history of Union Church (Church of Christ, Union) of Berea Kentucky.

Subject/Index Terms

American Missionary Association.
Appalachian Region -- Church history.
Berea, (Ky.)
Berea College
Church of Christ, Union (Berea, Ky.).
Cowan, Thomas B. (Scotty).
Fee, John Gregg -- 1816-1901
Oral history -- Appalachian region.
Oral history -- Berea College (Ky).

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: Federal copyright restrictions apply to all materials.  Some designated personnel files, and personal information held therein, may be restricted. Two interviews contained withing Series 18 are also RESTRICTED.

Related Materials:

Children of God Oratorio Collection, Record Group 11/11.01

Papers of the William Goodell Family

Berea City Vertical Files, Union Church

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Church of Christ, Union of Berea, Kentucky Records, Special Collections and Archives, Berea College, Berea, Ky.

Processing Information: The finding aid was updated in 2015.  Audio video materials and recordings were added in 2016 and the finding aid was updated at that time. Updated October 2019 to reflect combination of boxes 2 and 3 in Series 18: Photographs and Scrapbooks.

Other Note: BCA 0176 HC 01


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Constitution and History],
[Series 2: Congregational Meetings and Annual Reports],
[Series 3: Membership],
[Series 4: Pastors and Staff],
[Series 5: Correspondence],
[Series 6: General Committee],
[Series 7: Worship],
[Series 8: Music],
[Series 9: Deacons],
[Series 10: Christian Education],
[Series 11: Outreach and Mission],
[Series 12: Women's Organizions],
[Series 13: Trustees],
[Series 14: Finances],
[Series 15: Buildings and Grounds],
[Series 16: Anniversaries: 150th Anniversary and others - Oral History Interview Recordings and Transcripts],
[Series 17: Newsletters],
[Series 18: Photographs and Scrapbooks],
[Series 19: Worship Service Audio and Video Recordings],
[All]

Series 19: Worship Service Audio and Video RecordingsAdd to your cart.
All materials in Box 1 and 2 are in cassette tape format.  Materials in Boxes 3 and 4 are in DVD format, except items UC-VT-001-001 and UC-VT-002-001 which are in VHS format.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: UC-CT-036-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  Maundy Thursday 3/27/97
Item 2: UC-CT-037-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  April 6,1997
Item 3: UC-CT-038-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service May 4, 1997
Item 4: UC-CT-039-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service May 11, 1997
Item 5: UC-CT-040-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service May 18, 1997
Item 6: UC-CT-041-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  June 1, 1997
Item 7: UC-CT-042-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service July 27, 1997
Item 8: UC-CT-043-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  August 17, 1997
Item 9: UC-CT-044-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  September 14, 1997
Item 10: UC-CT-045-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  September 21, 1997
Item 11: UC-CT-046-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  October 5, 1997
Item 12: UC-CT-047-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  October 12, 1997
Item 13: UC-CT-048-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  October 19, 1997
Item 14: UC-CT-049-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  October 26, 1997
Item 15: UC-CT-050-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  November 9, 1997
Item 16: UC-CT-051-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  November 16, 1997
Item 17: UC-CT-052-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  November 23, 1997
Item 18: UC-CT-053-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service November 30, 1997
Item 19: UC-CT-054-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  January 11, 1998
Item 20: UC-CT-055-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  January 18, 1998
Item 21: UC-CT-056-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  February 1, 1998
Item 22: UC-CT-057-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service March 1, 1998
Item 23: UC-CT-058-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service March 8, 1998
Item 24: UC-CT-059-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  March 22, 1998
Item 25: UC-CT-060-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  March 29, 1998
Item 26: UC-CT-061-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  April 5, 1998
Item 27: UC-CT-062-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service April 12, 1998
Item 28: UC-CT-063-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service April 19, 1998
Item 29: UC-CT-064-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service April 26, 1998
Item 30: UC-CT-065-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service May 3, 1998
Item 31: UC-CT-066-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  May 10, 1998
Item 32: UC-CT-067-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  May 17, 1998
Item 33: UC-CT-068-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  May 31, 1998
Item 34: UC-CT-069-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  June 7, 1998
Item 35: UC-CT-070-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  June 14, 1998
Item 36: UC-CT-071-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  June 21, 1998
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: UC-CT-072-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  June 28, 1998
Item 2: UC-CT-073-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service July 5, 1998
Item 3: UC-CT-074-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service July 19, 1998
Item 4: UC-CT-075-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service July 26, 1998
Item 5: UC-CT-076-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  August 2, 1998
Item 6: UC-CT-077-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  August 9, 1998
Item 7: UC-CT-078-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  August 16, 1998
Item 8: UC-CT-079-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  August 30, 1998
Item 9: UC-CT-080-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  September 6, 1998
Item 10: UC-CT-081-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  September 13, 1998
Item 11: UC-CT-082-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  September 20, 1998
Item 12: UC-CT-083-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  September 27, 1998
Item 13: UC-CT-084-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  October 4, 1998
Item 14: UC-CT-085-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  October 11, 1998
Item 15: UC-CT-086-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  October 18, 1998
Item 16: UC-CT-087-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  October 25, 1998
Item 17: UC-CT-088-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  November 1, 1998
Item 18: UC-CT-089-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  November 8, 1998
Item 19: UC-CT-090-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  November 15, 1998
Item 20: UC-CT-091-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  November 22, 1998
Item 21: UC-CT-092-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  November 29, 1998
Item 22: UC-CT-093-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  December 6, 1998
Item 23: UC-CT-094-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  December 13, 1998
Item 24: UC-CT-095-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  December 20, 1998
Item 25: UC-CT-096-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  December 27, 1998
Item 26: UC-CT-097-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  Ellen Best Evans Memorial Tape #1 9-24-99
Item 27: UC-CT-097-002Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service Ellen Best Evans Memorial Tape #2 9-24-99
Item 28: UC-CT-098-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  November 7, 1999
Item 29: UC-CT-099-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  Luther Martin Ambrose II Memorial Service Tape 1
Item 30: UC-CT-099-002Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  Luther Martin Ambrose II Memorial Service Tape 2
Item 31: UC-CT-100-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  Gunkler Memorial Original
Item 32: UC-CT-101-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  Minnie O'Dell Mem Serv 1 of 2
Item 33: UC-CT-102-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  Before the Wind Kent Gilbert
Item 34: UC-CT-103-001Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  Rolf Hovey Mem Serv 1 of 2
Item 35: UC-CT-103-002Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  Rolf Hovey Mem Serv 2 of 2
Item 36: UC-CT-103-003Add to your cart.
Union Church Sunday Worship Service  Rolf Hovey Mem Serv 2 of 2 6-17-94
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: UC-VD-001-001Add to your cart.
Union Church: 5th Sunday of Easter, 5-6-2007. SENS Class - Love God by Loving Creation.
Item 2: UC-VD-001-002Add to your cart.
Union Church: 8th Sunday after Pentecost, July 30, 2006. Keila Thomas - Christians in the Holy Land.
Item 3: UC-VD-001-003Add to your cart.
Union Church: 9th Sunday after Pentecost. August 6, 2006. Wonderbread
Item 4: UC-VD-001-004Add to your cart.
Union Church: 10th Sunday after Pentecost. August 13, 2006. Sincerest Form of Flattery.
Item 5: UC-VD-001-005Add to your cart.
Union Church: 11th Sunday after Pentecost. August 20, 2006. Wisdom All Around
Item 6: UC-VD-001-006Add to your cart.
Union Church: 12th Sunday after Pentecost. August 27, 2006. Take It All In
Item 7: UC-VD-001-007Add to your cart.
Union Church: 13th Sunday after Pentecost. September 3, 2006. Faith Lived Out
Item 8: UC-VD-001-008Add to your cart.
Union Church: 14th Sunday after Pentecost. September 10, 2006. John G. Fee Service
Item 9: UC-VD-001-009Add to your cart.
Union Church: 15th Sunday after Pentecost. September 17, 2006. Dr. Michelle Tooley- Remembrance and Renewed
Item 10: UC-VD-001-010Add to your cart.
Union Church: 16th Sunday after Pentecost. September 24, 2006. Cruciform Life
Item 11: UC-VD-001-011Add to your cart.
Union Church: 18th Sunday after Pentecost. October 8, 2006. This Old House
Item 12: UC-VD-001-012Add to your cart.
Union Church: 19th Sunday after Pentecost. October 15, 2006. Threading the Needle
Item 13: UC-VD-001-013Add to your cart.
Union Church: 20th Sunday after Pentecost. October 22, 2006. Better, Better, Better
Item 14: UC-VD-001-014Add to your cart.
Union Church: 21th Sunday after Pentecost. October 29, 2006. Let Me See it Again
Item 15: UC-VD-001-015Add to your cart.
Union Church: All Saints Day. November 5, 2006. Three Kinds of Giving
Item 16: UC-VD-001-016Add to your cart.
Union Church: 23rd Sunday after Pentecost. November 12, 2006. Rev. Lisa Caldwell-Reiss- Gift in My Heart
Item 17: UC-VD-001-017Add to your cart.
Union Church: 24th Sunday after Pentecost. November 19, 2006. Disturbing the Peace
Item 18: UC-VD-001-018Add to your cart.
Union Church: 25th Sunday after Pentecost. November 26, 2006. Circle of Hope
Item 19: UC-VD-001-019Add to your cart.
Union Church: 1st Sunday of Advent. December 3, 2006. Heads Up
Item 20: UC-VD-001-020Add to your cart.
Union Church: 2nd Sunday of Advent. December 10, 2006. Wild Cries
Item 21: UC-VD-001-021Add to your cart.
Union Church: 3rd Sunday of Advent. December 17, 2006. Bad Wrapping
Item 22: UC-VD-001-022Add to your cart.
Union Church: 4th Sunday of Advent. December 24,2006. Christmas Meditation and Pageant
Item 23: UC-VD-001-023Add to your cart.
Union Church: 4th Sunday of Advent. December 24,2006. Christmas Eve at Union Church
Item 24: UC-VD-001-024Add to your cart.
Union Church: 1st Sunday after Epiphany. January 7, 2007. Waters Deep Below
Item 25: UC-VD-001-025Add to your cart.
Union Church: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany. January 14, 2007. A Taste of Cana's Wine
Item 26: UC-VD-001-026Add to your cart.
Union Church: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany. January 21, 2007. Rev. Steve Rhodes-Called By a New Name
Item 27: UC-VD-001-027Add to your cart.
Union Church: 4th Sunday after Epiphany. January 28, 2007. Bob Shaffer / Keila Thomas-Who's Your Daddy?
Item 28: UC-VD-001-028Add to your cart.
Union Church: 5th Sunday after Epiphany. February 4, 2007. No Fish Here
Item 29: UC-VD-001-029Add to your cart.
Union Church: 6th Sunday after Epiphany. February 11, 2007. Jesus on the Level
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: UC-VD-001-030Add to your cart.
Union Church: Transfiguration Sunday. February 18, 2007. Living By Vision
Item 2: UC-VD-001-031Add to your cart.
Union Church: 1st Sunday of Lent. February 25, 2007. Tricks Tests and Triumphs
Item 3: UC-VD-001-032Add to your cart.
Union Church: 2nd Sunday of Lent. March 4, 2007. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow-Jerusalem, Jerusalem
Item 4: UC-VD-001-033Add to your cart.
Union Church: 3rd Sunday of Lent. March 11, 2007. The Vision of Yellow Things
Item 5: UC-VD-001-034Add to your cart.
Union Church: 4th Sunday of Lent. March 18, 2007. Choose to Lose? Pride, Prejudice, and Prodigality
Item 6: UC-VD-001-035Add to your cart.
Union Church: 5th Sunday of Lent. March 25, 2007. What We Always Have With Us
Item 7: UC-VD-001-036Add to your cart.
Union Church: Palm Sunday. April 1, 2007. God, Mighty and Tender
Item 8: UC-VD-001-037Add to your cart.
Union Church: 2nd Sunday of Easter. April 15, 2007. We Have Seen the Lord
Item 9: UC-VD-001-038Add to your cart.
Union Church: 3rd Sunday of Easter. April 22, 2007. Christina Cataldo-A Strange and Frightening Call
Item 10: UC-VD-001-039Add to your cart.
Union Church: 4th Sunday of Easter. April 29, 2007. Holy Work
Item 11: UC-VD-001-040Add to your cart.
Union Church: 6th Sunday of Easter. May 13, 2007. Christina Cataldo-Gifts of Extravagance and An Extravagant Welcome
Item 12: UC-VD-001-041Add to your cart.
Union Church: January 27, 2008. Sunday Morning Worship Service
Item 13: UC-VT-002-001Add to your cart.
Video Tape Format (VHS): Union Church Sunday Morning Worship Video Tape Format:Service 09-11-2005: "Dogs in the Concrete"
Item 14: UC-VT-001-001Add to your cart.
Video Tape Format (VHS): Union Church Sunday Morning Worship Service 10-17-2004: "Knock Knock"

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Constitution and History],
[Series 2: Congregational Meetings and Annual Reports],
[Series 3: Membership],
[Series 4: Pastors and Staff],
[Series 5: Correspondence],
[Series 6: General Committee],
[Series 7: Worship],
[Series 8: Music],
[Series 9: Deacons],
[Series 10: Christian Education],
[Series 11: Outreach and Mission],
[Series 12: Women's Organizions],
[Series 13: Trustees],
[Series 14: Finances],
[Series 15: Buildings and Grounds],
[Series 16: Anniversaries: 150th Anniversary and others - Oral History Interview Recordings and Transcripts],
[Series 17: Newsletters],
[Series 18: Photographs and Scrapbooks],
[Series 19: Worship Service Audio and Video Recordings],
[All]


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