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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 47

Aglípay y Labayán, Gregorio. Independent Church of the Philippines, 1930-1940.

Papers of Archbishop Gregorio Aglipay (1860-1940) including letters and papers relating to the Independent Church of the Philippines, the American Unitarian Association, and Aglípay's visit to the United States in 1931. The papers cover 1930-1940.


  • 1930-1940.


1 boxes

Biographical / Historical

Archbishop Gregorio Aglipay y Labayan (1860-1940) was born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, and entered the seminary in Ilocos Sur in 1883. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1890. Aglipay was excommunicated in 1899 after rebelling against the Spanish in the Philippine Revolution of 1896. In 1902, he was co-founder of the Philippine Independent Church and appointed as its first bishop. The church is now often referred to as the Aglipayan Church. Aglipay continued to fight for the independence of the Philippines and ran for president of the commonwealth in 1935, but lost to Manuel Quezon. He became a spokesman for Unitarian ideas in the church and visited the United States in 1931 at the invitation of the American Unitarian Association.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Unitarian Universalist Association, 1968.
Aglípay y Labayán, Gregorio, 1860-1940. Independent Church of the Philippines: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies.

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