On November 10th 1857 leaders of the Lord's New Church called in a broadside for believers in Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia to assemble in Baltimore at ten in the morning Wednesday December 30 1857. The leaders, Samuel H. Worchester and Arthur O. Brickman, implored all those who wished to live so as to prepare themselves for the world of heaven to congregate with them and to help form and Association of Societies and eventually a New Church of the United States.
In the midst of a time when politics and economic panic seemed to dominate one must not lose sight of the pervasive influence of religion in the lives of Americans, both in the North and the South. Religion, in fact, many times functioned as a unifier. For, as can be seen in the extension of the invitation to both Slave and Free states, slaveholders and non-slaveholders believed in the same God, belonged to the same New Church. They were anything but opposite; indeed, they were more alike than dissimilar.
To the Members of the Lord's New Church Broadside , broadside.