Reverend Hannah Powell And Friendly House: A Universalist Mission In Appalachia

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Phoebe Ann Pollitt PhD, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Universalism has had a checkered history in Appalachian North Carolina. Since the establishment of the first church in the post-Civil War era, there have been periods of great interest and growing membership interspersed with years of decline and neglect. One of the most vigorous periods of Universalist activity in this area was during the 1920s and 1930s under the leadership of Reverend Hannah Powell. With the backing of the Woman's National Missionary Association (WNMA), Powell reinvigorated a defunct congregation—Inman's Chapel, in Haywood County—and directed many social service projects benefiting her congregants. For fifteen years she ministered to the spiritual, physical, educational, and social needs of several hundred isolatedAppalachians. Her life and work are all but forgotten.

Additional Information

Pollitt, P.A. and Reese, C. (2000). Reverend Hannah Powell and Friendly House: A Universalist Mission in Appalachia. Journal of Unitarian Universalist History, 28(4), 114-118. Publisher version of record available at:;view=1up;seq=7
Language: English
Date: 2000
Reverend Hannah Powell, Universalism, Woman's National Missionary Association

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