a. Each town had a Congregational Church and a school. b. To train an educated ministry, Harvard College was established in 1636. 2. The freemen of Massachusetts elected their governor. 3. Church government was decentralized. a. Full church membership was required to vote in colony-wide elections. b. Church and colonial government were intricately linked. G. Puritan Liberties 1. Puritans defined liberties by social rank, producing a rigid hierarchal society justified by God’s will. 2. The Body of Liberties affirmed the rights of free speech and assembly and equal protection for all. 3. Although ministers were forbidden to hold office in Massachusetts, church and state were closely interconnected.