Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

From the Blackstone to the Housatonic: A History of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, the First Hundred Years

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

From the Blackstone to the Housatonic: A History of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, the First Hundred Years

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RICHARD NUNLEY. From the Blackstone to the Housatonic: A History of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, the First Hundred Years. Parishes and Missions of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Gail M. Burns, ed. Springfield, Massachusetts: Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, 2002. Pp. xiii + 257. $10.00.

This volume contains two complementary books in one, placed backto-back, which together chronicle the history of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts from the early origin of some of its parishes (the first was founded in 1762) through its independence from the Diocese of Massachusetts in 1901 to its centennial at the beginning of the twentyfirst century. The first part is an historical survey of the diocese as a whole, using the traditional framework of the succession of bishops. Although such a chronology can frequently evoke yawns, the author's vivid rendering of episcopal personalities and skillful use of each to reflect broader trends in church ethos makes this work livelier than one might expect The narrative also is successful in delineating the evolving social history of the diocese, dealing with programs of education and outreach to workers and immigrants as well as the socially prominent. Each chapter includes a timeline of national events which is of rather modest value; a similar timeline for events within or influential upon the Episcopal Church might have been more helpful. …

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