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First Congregational Church of Manchester

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Manchester, VT 05254 United States

March 2019

What Does Emerson’s Essay on “Self-Reliance” Mean?

March 6
7:00 pm
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Emerson's "Self-Reliance" draws many more readers than his other works. The very idea of self-reliance is central to how many Americans define both themselves and our culture. But, as Amherst College professor Barry O’Connell explains, Emerson plays with the meaning of the term until he finally dismisses it altogether. What, then, are we to make of the essay? Read More »


April 2019

Life in the Studio

April 3
7:00 pm
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David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, discusses current projects and challenges. Read More »


*RESCHEDULED* “There is Nothing Either Good or Bad, But Thinking Makes It So.”

April 17
7:00 pm

Is this famous quotation from Hamlet true? Catherine A. Sanderson, Amherst College professor and author of "The Positive Shift," outlines the significant difference we can make in our daily lives simply by adjusting our outlook. Read More »


May 2019

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Revisited

May 1
7:00 pm
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Historians rank Abraham Lincoln’s majestic second inaugural address as one of the greatest political orations in American history. But at the time, the speech generated entirely partisan responses even as the Civil War headed toward Union victory. Preeminent Lincoln biographer Harold Holzer revisits the unforgettable day of March 4, 1865. Read More »

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