Translated Sermon #38: Celebratory Sermon by Kriza János

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Summary of sermon: The sermon was written in 2022 by Kriza János. The sermon was delivered at the worship service that included the Lord’s Supper, as this service consecrated a newly built Transylvanian Unitarian church building. This new church is a replica of the 18th century church located in Nyárádgálfalva, Transylvania (in Romania). The replica church was built in the Skanzen of Szentendre, Hungary, to be a part of a building complex that displays various aspects of Transylvanian cultural heritage. The original church at Nyárádgálfalva is described as one of the most picturesque among Transylvanian Unitarian churches. The interior has painted wooden casettes on the ceiling.   Kriza János is the current head of the Hungarian District of the Hungarian Unitarian Church.  The sermon reminds us that when Christian Unitarians partake in the Lord’s Supper they are keeping alive one of the two sacraments Jesus himself practiced, and all the disciples of Jesus would recognize as familiar to them. The Unitarian church is partnered with All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Kansas City.

Translated Sermon #6: That Divine Truth by Kriza János

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Summary of sermon: This 1871 sermon is from one of the greatest Unitarian bishops, Kriza Janos.  Towards the second half of the 19th century he and his followers re-shaped the Transylvanian Unitarian Church.  In my opinion, this sermon is on the level of William Ellery Channing’s “Christian Unitarianism”. Long with lots of substance.

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