In June, 1630, the Arbella landed in Salem, Mass., delivering, among many others, John Winthrop, a wealthy English lawyer, who would play a considerable role in the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Eight months later landed the Lyon, delivering another principal in the history of the New England settlements, Roger Williams, son of a merchant tailor. In those two devoted, religious figures looms a history that still influences U.S. citizens.
Charles C. Haynes, senior scholar at the First Amendment Center and director of the Religious Freedom Education Project will speak about that history at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ. The title of his talk is “John Winthrop and Roger Williams: Competing Visions of Church and State in America.”Continue reading