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ROBERTS , RICHARD ( 1874 - 1945 ), preacher, theologian and author ;

b. 31 May 1874 , s. of David and Margaret Roberts (nêe Jones ) . His father was minister of the CM church of Rhiw , Blaenau Ffestiniog, Mer. He was educated at the Liverpool Institute High School , U.C.W. , Aberystwyth and Bala Theological college . He was a minister with the Forward Movement in the Cardiff area 1896-98 . He became assistant and secretary to principal Thomas Charles Edwards , Bala , 1899-1900 ( DWB , 197-8) . He was minister of the Welsh church of Willesden Green , London , 1900-03 . In 1902 he m. Anne Catherine Thomas and they had three dau. He was minister of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church , Bayswater , 1903-10 and Crouch Hill Presbyterian Church , 1910-15 . In 1911 he was elected president of the Metropolitan Free Church Federation . One of the founders of the Fellowship of Reconciliation , he was its secretary , 1915-16 . After migrating to America he held the pastorates of The Church of the Pilgrims , Brooklyn , New York , U.S.A. , 1917-21 ; The American Presbyterian Church , Montreal , 1921-26 ; Sherbourne Church , Toronto , 1927-38 . He was lecturer in theology at Emmanuel College , Toronto , 1929-32 . He joined the United Church of Canada following the Union in 1925 and was Moderator of the United Church of Canada 1934-36 . He and his wife moved to New York and it was there that he d. 10 Apr. 1945 . He participated in the conferences of the Student Christian Movement , COPEC , and the Ecumenical Movement . In Autumn 1944 he delivered the Wood Lecture at the University of Mount Alison , Canada on ‘ Freedom and Society ’.

He received the degree of D.D. from Victoria University , Toronto and the University of Vermont , U.S.A. In 1937 he received the same degree honoris causa from the University of Wales . He also received the degree of D. Litt. from the Univesity of Syracuse , U.S.A. As an author he contributed articles to Cymru , The Hibbert Journal and published many books among which are the following: Robert Owen , part 1, 1907 ; part II, 1910 (part of a prize essay at the Liverpool national eisteddfod , 1900 ); The Renaissance of faith , 1912 ; The Church in the Commonwealth , 1916 ; The Unfinished programme of democracy , 1919 ; The Jesus of poets and prophets , 1919 ; The Untried door , 1920 ; The New man and the divine society , 1923 ; The Gospel at Corinth , 1924 ; The Christian God , 1928 ; The preacher as man of letters , 1930 ; The Strange man on the Cross , 1934 ; The Contemporary Christ , 1938 .

Sources:

  • Who's who in Wales , 1941-50 ;
  • Y Goleuad , 18 Apr., 9 May, 18 July 1945 ;
  • Y Drych newyddiadur cenedlaethol Cymry America , 15 May 1945 .

Author:

Derwyn Jones, M.A., Bangor / Colwyn Bay

Published date: 2001