Feast of Charles Albert Dickinson (July 3)   6 comments

Portland Head Light

Above:  Portland Head Light, Portland, Maine, Circa 1917

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-USZ62-101998

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CHARLES ALBERT DICKINSON (JULY 4, 1849-JANUARY 9, 1906)

U.S. Congregationalist Minister and Hymn Writer

Charles Albert Dickinson, born at Westminster, Vermont, in 1849, did much to help vulnerable young people.  His legacy remains intact via institutions in 2014, fortunately.

Dickinson, an 1876 graduate of Harvard University and an 1879 graduate of Andover Theological Seminary, entered the ranks of Congregational Church clergymen.  His first pastorate was at Portland, Maine.  From 1882 to 1888 he ministered at Lowell, Massachusetts.  His final pastorate was Berkeley Street Church, Boston, Massachusetts, from which he retired due to ill health.  In 1899 our saint moved to Ceres, California.

Dickinson, interested in ministry to the young, became involved in the Christian Endeavor movement, which pioneered that work in many churches.  That project led to the writing of a hymn, “Blessed Master, I Have Promised” (1900), for the Endeavor Hymnal (1901).

Our saint’s interest in ministry to the young also led him to engage in humanitarian efforts, which continue to serve people in 2014.  In 1894 Dickinson helped to found the Boston Floating Hospital, for the fresh air, people said, would be good for the ailing young people.  That year he also founded the Kurn Hattin Homes in rural Westminster, Vermont, for he thought that underprivileged children would fare better in the countryside than on city streets.

Our saint died at Corona, California, in 1906.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 20, 2014 COMMON ERA

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O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served,

and to give his life for the life of the world.

Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom

the world offers no comfort and little help.

Through us give hope to the hopeless,

love to the unloved,

peace to the troubled,

and rest to the weary,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60

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6 responses to “Feast of Charles Albert Dickinson (July 3)

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  2. This is a wonderful tribute to Charles Albert Dickinson, founder of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children which is still true to his mission today. I agree, he was a Saint as far as I can tell. And quite ahead of his time. Glad to stumble across your interesting site Kenneth!

    • Thank you for your comment. You are welcome!

      • Oh I’m so glad you are moderating Kenneth, thanks! Two things: Has Rev. D actually been canonized? Or is this an informal use of the word? I ask because we are putting together an historical exhibit about Kurn Hattin Homes for Children with some emphasis on its amazing founder. Second thing: In case you are interested in his legacy…it just so happens that Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is going to be featured on CBS Evening News tonight at 6:30 EST—an incredible honor.

      • Thanks for the lead on the news story; I will look for the video. I have added Dickinson to my Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days; canonization by an institution is irrelevant to me. By the way, I found his name in The Hymnal (1933), Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., and started reading about him.

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