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June 25

The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

741 Feast day of Adalbert of Egmond, Dutch saint who died in 741. He was a companion of Saint Willibrord and preached in the area around Haarlam, the Netherlands.

1115 Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (10901153) founded the fourth house of the Cistercians in Clairvaux, France, and was also made its first abbot.

1580 Jakob Andreae’s (15281590) German version of the Book of Concord was officially published fifty years after the presentation of the Augsburg Confession.

1600 David Chytraeus, a Lutheran theologian who played an important role in the writing of the Formula of Concord, died (b. 26 February 1531, Ingelfingen, Württemberg). [German Wikipedia article]

1744 The first Methodist conference convened in London.

1799 Philip Pusey, hymn translator, was born in Pusey, England (d. 9 July 1855, Christ Church, Oxford, England).

1845 The Lutheran Buffalo Synod was organized in Milwaukee.

1857 Carl Aaron Swensson, founder of Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kansas), was born in Sugar Grove, Warren County, Pennsylvania (d. 16 February 1904).

1864 Victor Hugo's classic novel Les Misérables was added to the Roman Catholic Index of Prohibited Books.

1865 The China Inland Mission was founded by English missionary J. Hudson Taylor (18321905).

1887 Alfred M. Rehwinkel was born in Merrill, Wisconsin (d. 15 October 1979). He graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1910 and served as a pastor in Pincher Creek and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, from 1910 to 1922. He then became a professor at Concordia College in Edmonton. He later served as president of Saint John's College (Winfield, Kansas) and as a professor at Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis).

1904 Edward Frederick Moldehnke, first professor at the Wisconsin Synod's theological seminary in Watertown, Wisconsin, died (b. 10 August 1836, Insterburg, East Prussia).

1910 Philipp Friedrich Adolph Theodor Spaeth, president of the General Council, died (b. 29 October 1839).

1957 The United Church of Christ was formed in Cleveland through the merger of the General Council of Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.

1967 Centro Augsburgo theological school in Mexico City was dedicated.