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work by five other ladies who read and dis- gational (Unitarian) Church, Somerville, tribute judiciously the literature of the de- wbere he will be installed the 1st of April. nomination.

The parish, in voting to accept his resigna

tion, expressed “its deep grief and regret at Chicago, Ill.–At the last regular meeting the dissolution of relations which during of the Women's Alliance reports were given nearly ten years of service have been of of the work done by the Herford Kindergar- uninterrupted harmony and of constant and ten and Unity Industrial School, and an

incre ing pleasure and profit to the soessay on "Unitarianism: Its Strength and

ciety." Weakness” was read by Mrs. U'tter. -An interesting service in honor of Wash- Grand Rapids, Mich.—The Universalist ington was held at the Third Church on church has sold its old building and lot, February 22. The service closed with the and is now busy upon plans for a new and singing of a fine patriotic hymn, composed much larger building in a better location. by Mr. Blake.

The society is prospering under the guid-Unitarianism and Education in Chicago ance of Dr. Fluhrer. Grand Rapids is large sustain a sad loss in the sudden death from enough to support two strong liberal pneumonia, on March 15, of Mrs. Bastin, churches. wife of Prof. E. S. Bastin. She was a

Indianapolis, Ind.-— The new Year Book teacher, and held a high rank among the

of Plymouth Church comes to hand, showteachers of the city. She was a woman of

ing a religious society all alive. The church very superior literary, scientific, and social

building is open every day in the year for attainments. Formerly a Baptist, for some

some kind of activity having in view the years she had been a Unitarian, and an at

elevating of the life of the people in some tendant at either the Church of the Mes

way. Let any one who would see what a siah or All Souls' Church. Everywhere she

broad, undogmatic, forward-looking, practiwas held in excepionally high esteem.

cal Christian church may be and do to make -Also on March 22 a great loss came to the

itseif a blessing to thousands in a great Church of the Messiah in the death of Mr.

city, send ten cents to the minister, Rev. Jerome Beecher, who during nearly or

Oscar McCulloch, for a copy of this Year quite the whole history of the church had

Book. been one of its stanchest friends and supporters. He will be deeply missed in many

Iowa.—The Women's State Missionary ways.

Society of the Universalist Church last Oc

tober tried the experiment of placing in the Covington, Ky.-A lecture on “The

field as their agent Mrs. S. L. Crum of DuMeanings of Music” was recently given by buque, and the result has far exceeded their Prof. Van Cleve at Greer's Hall under the

most sanguine expectations. In six months auspices of the Unitarian society. The she has been instrumental in the founding lecture was very interesting in itself, and of a new society at Charles City, has organwas made still more so by the selections ized three Young People's Unions, and has from great composers rendered by Prof. Van

aided in settling ministers at Charles City, Cleve by way of illustration. Rev. L. A. Osage, and Mt. Pleasant, while the spirit Harvey has been preaching recently upon awakened all through the State by her inThe Bible as Literature; God, our Father; spiring zeal promises still larger successes. Man not Fallen, but Incomplete; Christ, our Brother.

Kalamazoo, Mich.- Rev. Caroline J.

Bartlett has resigned the pastorate of the Des Moines, Ia.— During Miss Hultin's Unitarian church here for the purpose of absence, while attending the Women's Con- making an extended visit to Europe. Her gress at Washington, her pulpit was sup- assistant, Rev. Marion Murdock, will take plied by Rabbi Mueller of Des Moines,

her place. Rev. S. W. Sample of Minneapolis, and Rev. J. H. Palmer of Cedar Rapids.

Kansas City, Mo.—The dailies of Kan

sas City print in full many of the sermons Detroit, Mich.— The Church of Our of Rev. J. E. Roberts. One of the most Father publishes a very bright and attractive vigorous that has fallen under our notice is monthly paper, called The Church Advocate. a discourse on “Modern Materialism,” conThe society seems to be thoroughly alive trasting old and ne views of religion and through all departments of its work.

God. Dubuque, Ia.- Rev. Amos Crum, the pas

Keokuk, Ia.-Rev. W. A. Pratt, the predtor of the Universalist church, has been

ecessor of Rev. J. H. Palmer Cedar holding services in the Opera House recently,

Rapids, and more recently of Middleport, which have gathered immense audiences.

N. Y., has been called to the pastorate of the On the evening of March 8, over four hun

l'nitarian society, and has entered actively dred people were unable to gain admission, upon his work.

Mr. Pratt's reputation as a

constructive and indefatigable minister is Fitchburg, Mass.- Rev. W. H. Pierson of the best, and his engagement is a propbhas resigned the charge of the First Parish, ecy of an era of renewed prosperity for and accepted a call to the First Congre- our church at this important point.

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Limekiln, Wash.—The people of Lime- quiry and Improvement,” with a view to kiln in sympathy with Unitarianism have bringing Unitarian, Universalist, and other just organized a society. It is small at liberal speakers here to speak on Sunday in present, but they have hopes of building up the fine new Town Hall. Thus far Rev. a good society in the near future.

Lee S. McCollester of Detroit and Rev.

J. T. Sunderland of Ann Arbor have spoken. Meadville, Pa.- Rev. J. H. Crooker of Madison, Wis., will give a short course of Salt Lake City, Utah.—Rev. David Utter lectures this spring at the Theological

is meeting with marked success in his efSchool, upon “The Problems of Social Sci- forts to build up a permanent Unitarian ence in Relation to Church Work."

movement here. His congregations are very

large, reaching as high as five hundred, and Middleboro, Mass.—The First Unita- contain a large number of the most influenrian Society held its second annual meet- tial people of the city. A church organizaing March 3. The present membership of tion has been formed. Mr. Utter will probthe society is eighty-seven, forty-three mem- ably accept the call, which is very urgently bers having been added during the past extended him, to become the permanent pasyear. The Building Committee reported

tor. that the new church would be ready for ded

San Francisco, Cal.-An attempt is ication in May. The Sunday-school has had a steady growth both in interest and mem

being made to establish another liberal

church in San Francisco. Rev. W. R. bers during the year.

Alger preached for a month in Mission Midland, Mich.- Rev. L. R. Daniels Opera Hall, and was followed by Rev. leaves Midland April 1, after five years of Thomas Van Ness. Mr. Van Ness has earnest and excellent work. He accepts a

preached upon The Obligations of Brothercall to Big Rapids.

hood, Who is my neighbor? and The Present Moline, Ill.-Since February 15th, forty

Industrial Changes : What they require of two new members have been added to the church in Moline. The church debt has Seattle, Wash.-Rev. Roderick Stebbins been provided for, and additions and improve- has decided not to accept the call of the ments have been made to the church prop- Unitarian church, and has returned home, erty.

going by way of San Francisco to visit his New York City.-Rer. Theodore C.

father, Rev. Horatio Stebbins. Williams has just finished a course of Tues

-On the evening of March 3 the first day afternoon lectures, called New Testa

meeting and social of the Parish Union was

held. An address was made by the vice-presment Studies and Problems on the Life of Christ, delivered in the Unitarian Parish

ident, Mr. Joseph Shippen, presenting the House.

character and objects of the association. - Thirty-three thousand dollars has already from abroad, Mrs. Eliza Tupper Wilkes of

Addresses were also made by two ministers been secured for a monument to Peter Cooper. Mr. St. Gaudens is at work on

Sioux Falls, So. Dak., and Mrs. M. C. the clay model, which will be ready for in

Aitken, of Whatcom, Wash. The Union spection in a few weeks.

now numbers forty-one members. Oakland, Cal.- The Unitarian society oc

Spokane Falls, Wash.- Rev. J. H. cupied its new church home (the Sunday- Long has resigned the pastorate of the Unischool room and parlors) for the first time tarian church here, and is now at Camden, on Easter Sunday.

N.J., from which place he goes in a few -On the evening of March 20 Edward

months to London. A farewell reception Everett Hale gave an address and readings

was tendered him by the Unitarian church from his own writings at the First Congre

at Spokane, where the regrets of the congregational Church.

gation at his departure were formally ex– The Oakland Times prints a stirring ser- pressed. Rev. A. G. Wilson, once pastor mon by Rev. C. W. Wendte, preached on

of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of the eve of the city election, on the need for Spokane, and recently pastor of one of the all good men to unite for the overthrow of

Universalist churches of Minneapolis, will the saloon power.

supply the pulpit until July 1. Philadelphia, Pa.—The February meeting

St. Louis, Mo.- The sewing-school at of the Sunday School Union was held at the the Mission House is giving systematic and Germantown church. Miss Minerva Parker graded instruction in sewing to over fortyread a paper on “Organization in Sunday

five girls. The Mission Home for homeless school Work." Most of the discussion fol- or indigent children has thirty-nine inlowing the reading of the paper was upon

mates. The Mission Sunday-school has a the place of the Bible in our Sunday-schools.

membership of about three hundred.

– The Sunday-school committee has just Plymouth, Mich.— The liberal people completed a new catalogue of the library, here have organized themselves under the showing four hundred and forty-eight volname of “The Association for Religious In- umes. The collection has been carefully weeded, and additions made, the Unitarian University Extension classes each preferred. Club having given from its surplus a hand- The social part of the work of the club has some sum for that purpose.

been undertaken for the year by a committee -Mr. Snyder's class on Sunday has been of ladies and gentlemen who have arranged much interested in a study of Mr. Savage's for monthly sociables, which are given gen“Catechism.” Dr. Clarke's “Manual” will erally at the house of some member of the be taken up at an early date as a supple- church, but occasionally at the club-room, ment to Mr. Savage's book.

when more room is needed on account of the - Mr. and Mrs. Snyder were guests of the nature of the entertainment. Unitarian Club of Kansas City, at their opening meeting a month or two ago.

Toledo, Ohio.-A “Dollar Social” was - The Eliot Society of the Church of the

held by the ladies of the Church of Our Messiah held its regular monthly meeting on

Father on the evening of March 5. After Thursday, February 26, when reports from

a supper a gentleman was appointed to the various committees were presented, and

open the envelopes containing the dollars, matters of importance to the welfare of the

and to read the accompanying letters, which church and Sunday-school were discussed.

told in what way each dollar was earned. The secretary of the Post-office Mission re

The fifty-three dollars were obtained in ported that she now had applications for

many different ways. One little child's note Unitarian literature from nearly every State

read: “Folding the Business World for in the Union, and read several interesting grandpa, seventeen cents ; being good, one and grateful letters from those who had re

cent; selling rags, ten cents; selling popceived the sermons and papers.

corn, seventy-two cents : total, one dollar." — The Junior Branch of the Eliot Society

Some of the dollars were earned by “selfgave a very novel and delightful tea-party denial,” nearly all by work done out of the on Monday evening, February 23, for the regular order of duties, -by doing fine handbenefit of the Sunday-school fund.

Each sewing, by machine sewing, by cleaning person was measured, and charged five cents

away snow, making candy, selling pop-corn, for every foot in height, which caused a

doing office work, etc. Every opportunity good deal of amusement. The young ladies

was seized that would help make out the

dollar. having the affair in charge were dressed in

Much amusement was afforded by bright costumes of red, blue, yellow, green,

some of the letters, and some showed a and white, the tables being decorated in

spirit of earnestness and self-sacrifice that colors to match. On the tables were tempt

was most commendable in raising money for ing refreshments, served in dainty dishes.

a good cause. -The ladies of the Sewing Society have Washington, D.C.- The congregations been devoting their time lately to sewing here are large. During the past winter spefor the Unitarian Indian Mission in Mon- cial effort has been made to organize the tana, and after another meeting will send young people of the parish for work and off a large box of neat and serviceable gar- better acquaintance, and with excellent rements for the children there.

sults. A King's Daughters' association has -On Sunday, March 8, a service of sacred been formed, with about seventy members. song was given by the choir; and, by re- A Channing Club and a Parish Union are quest, they sang “Mors et Vitæ," which in active operation. Mr. Shippen's work they rendered so beautifully some time ago. here seems to be attended with a steady and

M. H. DEWOLF. ever-growing prosperity. It is a question

whether the time has not about come for the St. Paul, Minn.-Our correspondent organization of a second Unitarian church in writes: “During the winter Rev. S. M.

Washington. Crothers has from time to time preached on great books and teachers of religion outside Westford, Mass.-At a meeting of the the Bible. He has given sermons on "The Church of the First Parish, called by the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius,' the “Imi- minister, Rev. T. J. Horner, Sunday, March tation of Christ,' by Thomas à Kempis, and 1.), resolutions were unanimously passed * The Sayings of Confucius, ' as reported by making the old covenant, which has been in his disciples, and on “The Religion of John use since 1847, null and void, and welcomMilton.' He is also conducting two classes ing in the future all those “who in the love in the reading and study of Dr. Martineau's of truth and the spirit of Jesus will unite book on "The Seat of Authority in Relig- with us for the worship of God and the serion.' Much interest is felt in these classes. vice of man." We notice increasing congregations, and

Winona, Minn.— The Sunday-school of have added valuable members to our church." _“Many of our people are members of the

the Unitarian church celebrated Washing'University Extension' classes, before which

ton's Birthday by an appropriate service and

by erecting a very fine terra-cotta bust of lectures upon different branches of science

Washington to stand on a bracket-shelf in and literature are given by professors from

the Sunday-school room. the State University and colleges in the State. The Study Class of Unity Club has Yarmouth, Me.-A branch of the Womtransferred its members to whichever of the an's Alliance has just been formed here.

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ANSWER.

A NOTE FROM MR. CHADWICK. than I can possibly acknowledge by auto

graph letters.

As I believe nearly all, if Dear Mr. Editor,-In the February Uni

not all, the readers of Our Best Words are tarian you speak of “the stupidity and

now readers of the Unitarian, you will please wrong of keeping such mediæval dogmas as

permit me to acknowledge all those kind those of virgin births and physical resurrec

letters in this way. While keenly conscious tions in the creeds and standards of Chris

of imperfection when I tried to speak my tian churches in the nineteenth century.”

Best Words, yet I am happy in the reflecWill you, not in a private letter, but in the

tion of only pure intentions; and, of course, next number of the Unitarian, tell me and

I am very thankful for the many hearty exyour readers generally why you call these pressions of sympathy and appreciation for dogmas “medieval”? The Middle Ages have

what I tried to say and do. But I think quite enough to answer for without any un

your monthly is the best Unitarian periodwarrantable addition to their load. Are not

ical for all classes in the world to-day. Long these "dogmas” New Testament dogmas? Is

may it live and prosper, and become more anything in the New Testament plainer than

of a paper for all people, both old and its teaching of the virgin birth of Jesus and young! If it could be a weekly, all the

better. his physical resurrection? You cannot discredit these “dogmas” too absolutely for my

Yours, for the Christianity of Jesus,

J. L. DOUTHIT. taste; but I would have you do it fairly, because they are without proof or rationality,

Shelbyville, Ili., February 17.
and not as “mediæval," since they were in
strict obedience to the letter of the New
Testament.

ROBERT C. PITMAN.
Yours respectfully,
John W. CHADWICK.

By the death of Judge Pitman the cause Brooklyn, Feb. 17, 1891.

of temperance in Massachusetts loses one

of its most earnest and radical advocates. We called the doctrines of physical resur

Rev. F. B. Hornbrooke says in the Chrisrections and virgin births medieval, in the

tian Register, referring to his temperance passage referred to, perhaps because that principles :was the adjective that first came to mind.

At the beginning of his life, when he Any one of a dozen others, such as unhis

began to think, he was one of that noble toric, unscientific, unproved, unreasonable,

band who testified against one of the greatincredible, outgrown, etc., would suit us as

est evils that this nation has ever seen; and well. The particular propriety of using the

it was given to him to see of the travail of adjective “mediæval” we suppose lies in the

his soul and to be made to feel sure that, fact that these dogmas were accepted with

wherever principle comes in conflict with out question in medieval times, and fitted expediency, principle at last must win the well the unreasoning credulity of those day. So, through his later years, in spite times, whereas in our scientific and reason

of separation from friends, in spite of obloing age they seem mere survivals from a less

quy, in spite of derision, in spite of the intelligent past. That these dogmas are sacrifice of cherished honors, he stood firmly taught in the New Testament we have no in defence of the cause of temperance in question, but they are by no means its most

this State. Others might yield, others might conspicuous teaching. They cannot be said equivocate, others might falter for the day; to characterize the New Testament spirit to but he was simply true to what he believed, anything like the extent that they do the and so he has the honor which belongs to spirit of the heathenism of the Middle Ages.

a man who is true to the principles that That Christianity in any of its forms should

God has made clear to him. continue to hold them, in an enlightened age like ours, seems to us lamentable: this is why we do all in our power to help men

GEN. SHERJAN AND CATHOLIto see how essentially medieval and out of harmony with the spirit and intelligence of

CISM. the modern world, as well as with the essential teachings of Christ, they are. [ED.

In the death of Gen. Sherman the country Unitarian.]

loses the most brilliant of its generals and a great and noble man. Since the Roman

Catholic Church has made so much effort to A NOTE FROM MR. DOUTHIT.

give the impression that he belonged to that Dear Brother Sunderland, -I have re

communion, it is well that his brother, ceived more kind letters expressing apprecia

Hon. John Sherman, published in the Baltition of the work of Our Best Words, and approval of its “metempsychosis," as

more Sun of February 14, the day of the learned friend suggests, into the Unitarian, general's death, a letter stating the facts as

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to the religious belief of the latter and the raise a fund of $20,000 for her benefit. The relation he bore to the Catholic Church, treasurer of the fund, to whom contributions The letter in full reads as follows:

may be sent, is Gen. C. T. Christensen, 177

Montague Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.
FEB, 13, 1891.

In the Christian Union of March 12, Dr.
Gentlemen, -A paragraph in your paper

Lyman Abbott has a sermon on “The Man this morning gives a very erroneous view of an incident in Gen. Sherman's sick-chamber,

Christ,” containing the following passage,

which is about as good Unitarianism as any which wounds the sensitive feelings of his

of us would ask for: “Two children come to children, now in deep distress, and which

their father to settle a dispute. “Father,' under the circumstances I deem it proper to

they say, 'we have been discussing about correct. Your reporter intimates that advan

this coal in the fire; and I say that the light tage was taken of my temporary absence to

of that coal comes from the coal that was in introduce a Catholic priest into Gen. Sher

the bosom of the earth, and my brother says man's chamber to administer the rite of ex

that the light of that coal comes from the treme unction to the sick man, in the nature

sun. Which of us is right?' And the father of a claim that he was a Catholic. It is

says: “My dear children, you are both right, well known that his family have been

The coal comes from the bosom of the earth, reared by their mother, a devoted Catholic,

but all light and all heat come from the sun in her faith, and now cling to it. It is

that first gave it birth.' I sometimes think, equally well known that Gen. Sherman and

when we have gotten through our theologimyself, as well as all my mother's children,

cal debates here on earth, between Unitaare, by inheritance, education, and convic

rians and Trinitarians, and go up to the tion, Christians, but not Catholics, and this has been openly avowed on all proper occa

great Father, and one says, "Was he the Son sions by Gen. Sherman; but he is too good and the other says, 'It cannot be : he must

of man and all of his glory human glory?' a Christian and too humane a man to deny have been the Son of God!' the Father to his children the consolation of their relig

will answer us, “You are both right; for ion. He was insensible at the time and ap

there is no glory of humanity that is not parently at the verge of death ; but, if he

a glory of divinity, and there is no glory had been well and in the full exercise of his

of divinity that does not find its expression faculties, he would not have denied to them

in that which is glorious in man.'' the consolation of the prayers and religious observances for their father of any class or Lowell makes Christ say to Sir Launfal:denomination of Christian priests or preach; "Not that we give, but that we share, Certainly, if I had been present, I

For the gift without the giver is bare; would at the request of the family bave as

Who bestows himself with his gift feeds sented to and reverently shared in an appeal

three, to the Almighty for the life here and here

Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me.” after of my brother, whether called a prayer or extreme unction, and whether uttered by Ruskin, in speaking of his childhood, a priest or a preacher or any other good man says: “I never had heard my father's or who believed what he spoke and had an mother's voice once raised in any question honest faith in his creed. I hear that your with each other, nor seen an angry or even reporter uttered a threat to obtain informa- slightly hurt or offended glance in the eyes tion, which I cannot believe you would for a of either. I had never heard a servant moment tolerate. We all need charity for scolded, nor even suddenly, passionately, or our frailties, but I can feel none for any one in any severe manner, blamed. I had never who would wound those already in distress. seen a moment's trouble or disorder in any Very truly yours,

household matter, nor anything whatever JOHN SHERMAN. either done in a hurry or undone in due

time. ... Nothing was ever promised me

that was not given, nothing ever threatened JOTTINGS.

me that was not inflicted, and nothing ever

told me that was not true.” What a testiThousands of hearts have been saddened mony is this for one to be able to give conby the news that Miss Anna Dickinson is cerning his parents ! suffering from mental disease, and has been

For Duty saith: Life is too real a thing sent to an insane asylum in Pennsylvania for

To waste in worthless ways. For bread men treatment. Her case seems to be a serious

moan, one, although the superintendent of the in

For soul and body, bread. 'Twere shame to stitution looks for possible recovery in a few

bring months. Says the Boston Commonwealth,

Them but a stone. “It is now known that poverty and enforced

-James Phinney Baxter. retirement from public and social life have been active causes in unsettling her once “God is a circle whose circumference is brilliant mind." Her many friends will be everywhere, and whose centre is nowhere to glad to know that an effort is being made to be found.”

ers.

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