About the Author: Joseph Loconte, PhD,

Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an expert on religious freedom, faith and American foreign policy, and international human rights. In 2008, he was a distinguished visiting professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. From 1999-2006, he held the first chair in religion as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He […]

Houses of Worship

By Joseph Loconte       The passion of American ministers for political freedom in 1776 reflected their belief in religious toleration. On Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 1776, at a church in Woodstock, Va., Rev. Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg brought his Sermon to a dramatic and unexpected crescendo. His text was taken from the book of Ecclesiastes. “The […]

Reverend and Colonel Elisha Williams

The following article, written by John C Willard, is from the archives of Wethersfield Historical Society. This may seem like a strange title, but a Wethersfield resident was both a minister of the church and a military man, as well as being selected as Rector (President) of Yale College.  At one time he had more […]