|A. Powell Davies||
He prodded our consciences during the twentieth century.
His wisdom can guide us during the twenty-first.
After A. Powell Davies' sudden death at the age of 55, contributions poured in to establish a memorial. A nationwide advisory committee concluded that a fitting memorial should be a living, continuing perpetuation of his beliefs through the written and spoken word and support for the institutions and activities in which he deeply believed.
A national committee was charged with supervision of the Fund and implementation of its objectives. After 35 years, the National Committee turned over trusteeship of the Fund to All Souls Church.
Over the years, the Fund has sponsored memorial lectures, beginning with one by Adlai Stevenson which packed Constitution Hall. Later memorials included circuit-rider tours preaching Unitarian Principles, and concerts, such as the one today. The Fund has maintained in print Dr. Davies' still timely books and has sponsored or participated in the writing of three biographies (one by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas) and two books of meditations and classic sermons.
Among the publications currently available are six books written by Dr. Davies, two books of excerpts from his writings and a brief biography. The Fundn's research service provides copies of specific sermons or other information requested about his life or works.
From the Souvenir Program of an A. Powell Davies Memorial
Concert, featuring Cherry Rhodes, Organist, on November 14,
1999, at All Souls Church, Unitarian, in Washington, D. C.
Recently the Davies Memorial Committee has sponsored a special service commemorating the 100th birthday of Dr. Davies. In addition to supporting a series of Davies Preaching Fellows the Fund has contributed to projects that relate to the work and writings of Dr. Davies which is a part of the mission of the Fund.