Bland, Salem

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Bland, Salem Gender: M
Salem Goldworth Bland
born on 26 August 1859 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Lachute, Quebec (CAN), 45n38, 74w20
Timezone LMT m74w20 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 02°31' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 05°53 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 06°46'


Canadian Methodist theologian and one of the nation's most important Social Gospel thinkers. In the early 1900s he became a popular guest preacher across western Canada. He then moved to Toronto where he became the preacher at the Broadway Methodist Tabernacle, one of the largest Methodist churches in the city and one serving the large working class community of western Toronto. He remained there until 1923, when he moved to the smaller Western Methodist Church. He became a prominent figure in the new United Church of Canada. In 1935 he convinced the general assembly to pass a motion condemning capitalism. He also led the campaign in favour of the ordination of women, and succeeded in 1936. He became close friends with exiled American activist Emma Goldman, and when she died in Toronto in 1940 it was Bland who delivered the eulogy at her funeral. He also wrote a column for the Toronto Star called "The Observer" from 1924 to 1950. He died on February 7, 1950, aged 90.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "The View from Murney Tower: Salem Bland, the Late Victorian Controversies, and the Search for a New Christianity, Book 1" by Richard Allen (University of Toronto Press, 2008), p. 24: "The baby was born at three in the morning of August 26 the next summer. 'An important addition to our household in the shape of a fine little boy,' Henry Flesher noted in his journal. 'The Angel of the Covenant ... bless the lad.' He was named Salem Goldworth Baker Bland."


  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Theologian)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist