History Blog

Old Colony Sunday 2017.  Slammed doors, a 17th century refugee crisis, temptation in the wilderness, and hidden silver: it’s all a matter of record. An address delivered on May 7, 2017 on the lessons (and companionship) of history. Old Colony Sunday is a new-old tradition that was invented by Center’s Board of Deacons in April 1945 — a very unsettling year.

Ashes to Ashes. “Those who are worn out and crushed by this mourning, let your hearts consider this: this is the path that has existed from the time of creation and will exist forever.” A brief personal reflection on memory, mourning, death, and the crypt, written on Ash Wednesday.

A not-so-blue Christmas this year. Our soul-patched Rev. Davenport declared his War on Christmas hundreds of years before it was cool. An invitation to our Lessons and Carols service at 10am this Sunday (and Silver Tea afterwards at the Parish House at 311 Temple St.) and a church history blog article all in one.

11/24/2016 This Day in New Haven History: Thanksgiving at Center Church. [Podcast.] WNHH Community Radio. Hosts Allan Appel and Jason Bischoff-Wurstle of the New Haven Museum chat with Center Church’s acting minister, Kevin Ewing; church historian Michelle Georgevich; church clerk Nancy Mellone; and one of the church’s deacons Demeka Anderson about Thanksgiving at Center Church.

The only ghosts on these grounds are all Pokemon.   Halloween 2016. A whimsical little love note to Center and the old New Haven Colony, featuring our grounds. (A walk past our exterior memorials and markers is a mini-tour back into the earliest history of both the church and the New Haven Colony–here’s your pictorial guide.)

Bell ringing on the New Haven Green. August 2016. Memorial bells, fire bells, rogue curfew bells, bell ownership split between two churches like a metallic “judgement of Solomon” baby because that’s what “church interdependence” looked like in 18th century Connecticut…it’s all here, for those of you also curious about the church (and early history) above the crypt.

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