PAST EVENT: 2019-05-11: Tour of Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Meet an itinerant minister, turned itinerant corpse

MUUC Fellowship: Tour of Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am (carpool from church, 9:15 am)

$5 per person ($15 max. per family)


Did you know that Hosea Ballou (1771-1852), an itinerant Universalist minister from Vermont, preached at Melrose Universalist Church in the early 1800’s?

(photo below of a postcard of the Universalist Church in Melrose on Essex Street, from NobleNet Library Network)

One of the influential theological thinkers of his day, he published the Universalist Magazine, in which he engaged in multiple controversies and wrote “defenses against the calumnies of the orthodox Congregationalists, Unitarians, Methodists, and other opponents….”.

Originally buried on Boston Common, Hosea Ballou became an itinerant corpse when he was moved to Mt. Auburn Cemetery, where the monument pictured stands today. To learn more, sign up at Coffee Hour (starting 4/21/19), or send email to [email protected].

(Also at Mt. Auburn is Hosea Ballou 2d (1796-1861), grand-nephew of the prominent theologian. He was himself a Universalist minister, historian, and first president of Tufts College. He was also the first Universalist to be awarded the D.D. degree from Harvard.)