I enjoyed reading the article “Good Heavens Herrick” in the last issue of the Weekly. The writers did a good job of portraying the development of religious life on campus. I appreciated being quoted correctly.
I do have one correction that was not the fault of the writers. I referred you to the Occidental Magazine article which listed 1966 as the date when mandatory chapel was ended. That published article is erroneous. My best sources say that it was at the beginning of WWII, presumably in early 1942, that required chapel was discontinued. In its place a series of assemblies (later called convocations) were required until the late 1960s. Some of these assemblies may have been of a religious nature but most were not; they featured a variety of speakers and themes.
The picture of the crosses that was shown with the article was not of the crosses on Herrick. They were three separate crosses of large size; one of them now hangs outside a building at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. By the way, the religious history sidebar lists the United Presbyterian Church-I don’t think they called themselves “United” at that time.
The Religious Studies Department is all for taking religion seriously. Thanks for your serious article.
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