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imposition of such disabilities on any body Some will hate thee, some will love thee; of Christians, because they happen to be in

Some will flatter, some will slight;

Heed not man, but look above thee: a small minority, is contrary to the spirit of

Trust in God, and do the right. free institutions. It is, practically, to say that the long struggle of our fathers for civil

“ Trust no forms of guilty passion:

Fiends can look like angels bright; and religious liberty is a failure.”

Trust no custom, school, or fashion :

Trust in God, and do the right. The Christian Union sums up the Dr. Simple rule and safest guiding, Briggs case in this pointed fashion : “It is

Inward peace and inward light,

Star upon our path abiding: proposed to turn out of the Presbyterian

Trust in God, and do the right.” ministry one of the most eminent Biblical scholars in either England or America, be

We are glad to print a somewhat full report cause he believes and teaches that such men

of the anniversaries of the Western Conferas Cardinal Newman and James Martineau

ence and its allied organizations. The meetare godly men, that there are errors in the

ings were interesting, and as largely attended Bible, and that the death of the Christian

as could be expected with so many of our does not put an end to Christian growth and

Western churches and so much of our Westgrace.” The Nation says of Dr. Briggs,

ern work unrepresented. He will be stoned, and the next generation

In the business proceedings action was in his church will build his sepulchre.”

taken upon two matters of general denomThe first part of this prediction has come

inational interest:true: it is as certain as any future event

First, the Western Conference voted to well can be that the second part will come

join the new Conference Association, and to true also.

do so without conditions. This was as it

should be. The attitude of the Conference The probability continues, perhaps in

in refusing, as it did a year ago, to join the creases, tbat Rev. Dr. Heber Newton of New York may be tried for his alleged here

Association unless the Women's Conference sies. Mr. Lyne (alias Father Ignatius) has

and the Sunday School Society were also in

vited has seriously hindered the new Assosucceeded in getting several clergymen of

ciation's progress. the New York diocese to sign a call upon

Second, the Women's Conference voted Bishop Potter to institute an inquiry into Dr. Newton's views and teachings.

not to join the Women's National Alliance. A

This is in every way to be regretted, as it bishop is vested with some discretion in

will not only perpetuate and deepen the such matters, and hence there is no certainty

division already existing among Western yet what will be done.

Unitarians, but it will necessarily carry the

division more or less into the East and into We do not wonder that Rev. Heber New

our National Women's organization. ton prints the following poem in the last

The Women's National Alliance number of his All Souls' Monthly. Its writer is Dr. Norman Macleod, who fought formed two years ago, partly at the desire so noble a battle for a broader, more toler- and through the influence of the officers and ant, and more Christian “Orthodoxy" in leading workers of the Women's Western Scotland. Dr. Newton is fighting a similar Conference, and with the understanding battle in this country.

that the Women's Auxiliary Association in

the East and the Women's Conference in the “Courage, brother! do not stumble, Though thy path be dark as night;

West should both disband, and that the There's a star to guide the humble: women of the denomination, East and West Trust in God, and do the right.

alike, should go into the new National orThough the road be long and dreary,

ganization. The women of the East have And its ending out of sight, Foot it bravely, strong or weary:

lived up to their part of the understanding. Trust in God, and do the right.

The women of some of the individual

churches of the West have done the same. " Trust no party, church, or faction,

But now the Women's Western Conference Trust no leaders in the fight; But in every word and action

votes a distinct refusal. Why? Because the Trust in God, and do the right.

Alliance was not willing to cut itself off

was

from the Christian name, but called itself In the death of Rev. L. G. Ware, who the “National Alliance of Unitarian and for nearly thirty years has been the minister Other Liberal Christian Women.” The of our church in Burlington, Vt., we are matter was fully discussed at Philadelphia called upon to part company with one of before the name was adopted. The Western the finest spirits that has ever graced our women had their full share in the discus- ministry. We cannot do better than quote sion. It is believed that they were morally from the Christian Leader the following bound, as much bound as were the women of discriminating and appreciative tribute to the East, to abide by the decision reached. him from the pen of Dr. I. M. Atwood:

“Mr. Ware held only a modest rank as Of the ninety-four Unitarian societies of preacher, and his neighbors in the pulpits of the West, only twenty-nine contributed the the city easily surpassed him in the art of past year to the support of the Western Con- building and administering a parish. But ference; and among the remaining sixty- he was more a part of Burlington's best life five not contributing and not identifying than any minister or man who lived there. themselves in any way with the Conference

How he accomplished this cannot be writare a majority of our largest, most influen- ten: to those who knew him it was natural tial, and most active churches. Yet the

and inevitable. He loved the town and Western Conference continues to make the

studied its higher interests. He loved the claim that it is the main representative of

children, and was brother and father to Western Unitarianism.

them all. He loved books and pictures and

flowers, and was a delicate connoisseur of The question is often asked, Why does

the choicest of them. He loved truth, not the division in Western Unitarianism righteousness, goodness, and made them the cease? We reply, It would cease in an hour strength of his life. He was one of the if the Western Conference would plainly and

few men who, having no family of his own, honestly, in any form or fashion, commit it

was welcome in everybody's family, a graself to the religion which some of its friends

cious, cultured, gentle, pure, and widely say it means. Action by the Conference

useful man. Dr. Ware has left on the somaking the object for which it exists and

cial and religious atmosphere of the most works the promotion of pure Christianity, or

lovely of American cities an aroma that will love to God and man, or the worship of God prolong for aye the sweet savor of his life.” and the service of man, or the religion of the Sermon on the Mount or of the Lord's Prayer, would bring all the Western churches WOMAN'S WORD AND WORK. together in a day. Who, then, is responsible for the fact that the division does not The National Alliance of Unitarian and cease?

Other Liberal Christian Women held its

first annual meeting in Boston on May 23. The election of Phillips Brooks as bishop The meeting was so interesting and imporof Massachusetts is serious defeat for the

tant that it seems best to wait till our next party of ecclesiastical dogmatism in the

issue, when we hope to have space for a Episcopal Church, and a great triumph for

somewhat full report, rather than give the the party of breadth and progress. It is the

very brief and inadequate report which is all more significant coming so soon after the

we could find room for this month. trial and condemnation of Rev. Howard

A report of the meeting of the Women's MacQueary, and at the very time when the

Western Unitarian Conference recently held air is full of rumors that Dr. Newton and

in Chicago will be found on another page. Dr. Rainsford of New York are also to be tried for their too great liberality. It shows that, in spite of the theological narrowness The Suffolk branches of the National and the ritualistic mummery that are Alliance of Unitarian and Other Liberal painfully conspicuous in the Episcopal body,

Christian Women have held, as usual, the

monthly business meetings in April and there is a great deal of liberal sentiment

May. The character of the work in each among both the clergy and the laity, at least branch is much the same from month to in Massachusetts.

month.

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During these two months several large there was a more religious nature in men packages of clothing have been sent to aid and boys than we realize. In order to edusufferers from calamities in the West.

cate their children religiously, mothers must The Post-office Mission work is increas- be religious themselves. The coming man ing; and large amounts of literature are will go to church if we make the boys religsent away by these committees and by the ious. Literature Committees, which do good work Mrs. Claflin of Quincy then spoke upon in some of the branches, in addition to that the same subject. She said it was natural, done by the Post-office Mission workers. to her mind, to look to the future. The

The branch connected with the First opportunity of making this world better was Church in Boston has this year held one the delight of living. We neglect to Unitameeting each month for business, and a sec- rianize our children. It is possible for a ond meeting each month, at which some man to be a religious man and yet a wicked person has addressed the ladies upon some

This would be an ignorant religious subject of general interest, and to this meet

We want an enlightened Christianing members of all branches have been in- ity, an intelligent Christianity. We should vited. The subjects presented have been be afraid of nothing. We should open our “Co-operative Homes for Working-girls,' minds and our hearts to receive all truth. “ The Sherborn Prison for Women," the ad- Our children must have an intelligent redress being given by Miss E. C. Johnson, ligion. the superintendent, “The Work of the Sal- The direct work of the mother is in the vation Army in London," as seen by Miss influence before the child comes into the A. P. Rogers, and “Woman's Ministry,” school as well as after the child comes into by Mrs. M. A. Livermore.

the school. Do we not often see a lack of

respect for the school in the parents? The QUINCY, MASS.

following are some of the ways in which the

mother can assist: The branch of the Alliance in Quincy,

First, by seeing that the children are regMass., invited all New England branches to

ular in attendance. a social meeting on April 23, and a full

Second, by knowing herself something representation responded to the call.

about the lesson. In the forenoon, Mrs. C. E. Clement

Third, by seeing that the children know Waters read a paper on “The Passion Play something about the last lesson. at Oberammergau.” Mrs. Waters witnessed

Fourth, by taking an interest in the Sunthe play last summer. She sketched the

day-school library. origin of the play, and gave its history and

Fifth, by seeing that the library books are many local circumstances and conditions,

taken care of in the home. which prepared the minds of her audience

Teach the children to reverence every gift for the description of the play which fol

and to have gratitude for it. Gratitude is lowed.

a very important element in religion. The account was vivid and sympathetic,

Mrs. Claflin thought we could learn from and was very much enjoyed. Mrs. Waters the Methodists to have more music in our felt very strongly that this representation

schools: a great deal of the best religion of is a very real and earnest religious cere

the church is in hymns. mony to the people of Oberammergau.

Brief remarks were made by Miss E. S. Great pains are taken in the preparation, Emmons, who spoke from an experience of and the children are taught that they must

over fifty years as a Sunday-school teacher. be good in order to be worthy to be the

Miss Waldo of Salem thought there was actors. She thought the charge which has

nothing more desirable than the Sundaybeen made of mercenary interests was not school. The teacher must feel great respontrue.

sibility to the Father above and to the home. The box-lunch at noon was enjoyed by Those who love Unitarianism must want to all. This social hour is by no means the

see it instilled. least important part of the day. Many of Mrs. K. G. Wells thought in many cases the ladies visited the church, which has so the teachers were not treated with proper many associations connected with names

respect. belonging to families which for generations

Miss Rogers of West Newton thought have been loved and honored by Massachu

much depended upon the superintendent. setts and the nation, -the names of Adams

Miss Everett, Mrs. Fifield, and others foland of Quincy.

lowed.

GEORGIANA MERRILL. In the afternoon Miss E. P. Channing

Roxbury, Mass. spoke upon “The Relation of the Mother to the Sunday-school." Miss Channing said she had been sixteen years a superintendent and thirteen years a teacher. She thought societies as to individuals :

The old epitaph might be as applicable to neither mothers nor teachers were alive to what it is their bounden duty to do. It is

“What I spent I saved; the duty of all to be religious. Boys can

What I kept I lost; be religious as well as girls. She thought

What I gave I have."

GUILD DEPARTMENT.

100. The year's work, and what the guild

has done for its members. SUBJECTS FOR GUILD MEETINGS,

We find that in the Unitarian church at The following are some of the subjects Randolphi, Mass., -one of our young organthat have been considered at the regular izations, - there is a Unity Temperance Someetings of the guilds named:

ciety. One must be fifteen years old to

belong. The following taken from the conYoung People's Religious Society of First stitution would seem to indicate that the Parish, Dedham, Mass.: 1. What is Jesus spirit of the guild movement had found here to us? 2. Sympathy; 3. Our belief in God; some embodiment: “There shall be a com4. Friendship; 5. Use of time; 6. Georgé mittee of fifteen for religious culture and Washington ; 7. Charitable work in Ded- church work. It shall be their duty to try ham; 8. Gentleness; 9. The evils of self- to secure subscriptions for denominational ishness; 10. Thoughtfulness; 11. Need of periodicals, religious publications, tracts, religion for young people ; 12. How to keep attend to missionary work, visit strangers Sunday ; 13. Cheerfulness; 14. What is the and the needy, and create an interest in end of living? 15. Be pure in heart; 10. church attendance." Surely, this is a good Humility; 17. Prayer; 18. Wisdom; 19. deal to promise for a temperance society. Honesty; 20. Righteousness; 21. Good out

The Young People's Club of Unity of evil; 22. Sincerity; 23. James Martin

Church, Denver, seems to be a thriving or. eau ; 24. Harvest-time; 25. Think for yourself; 26. Why do we go to church? 27.

ganization. Since their annual meeting in

January, more than forty members have Why do we go to this church? 28. Firm

been added. Their weekly religious meetness ; 29. Influence; 30. Contentment.

ings have had an average of thirty-five in Young People's Guild of the Third Relig

attendance. The conduct of services by vaious Society, Dorchester, Mass.: 31. Duty;

rious members, instead of the minister, bas 32. Aids to devotion ; 33. Our liberal faith;

shown good results. 31. Prejudice; 35. Luther; 36. Public ser

B. R. BULKELEY. vice and sermon ; 37. Co-operation; 38. Our

Concord, Mass. opportunities; 39. Small things; 40. The home; 41. The Wesleys; 42. Sowing the seed; 43. Prayer; 44. Whittier.

TEMPERAVCE VOTES. Guild of St. Christopher, Rerere, Mass.: 45. Martin Luther; 46. History of Chris

At the last regular monthly meeting of tianity; 47. John Howard; 48. Sunshine

the executive committee of the Unitarian and shadow; 19. The world's benefactors;

Church Temperance Society, a good many 30. Thankfulness; 51. The crusades; 52.

annual The Hebrew and the Unitarian contrasted;

subscribers and delegates from

branch societies were present, and a very 53. Home influence; 54. The Moravians ;

interesting meeting was held.

The secretary 55. Father Taylor ; 56. “What have I to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth?” 57.

read a short report of the year's work, and

among the items recorded were these : eight Why do not people attend church? 58. My

thousand tracts have been distributed all favorite hymns. Y. S. P. E. of Littleton, Mass.: 59. Pu

over the country, besides ten thousand copies

of the service, “Patriotism and Purity"; rity and cleanliness; 60. Integrity; 61. Hon

meetings have been held in churches in and esty; 62. Truthfulness; 63. Kindness to

about Boston; petitions have been sent to animals; 64. Parable of the sower; 65.

the police commissioners of Massachusetts Judging others; 66. Moses; 67. Samuel;

to enforce the law with regard to closing of 68. Saul; 09. David; 70. Solomon; 71. Peter; 72. Paul; 73. Channing; 74. Theo

open bars, also a petition to Congress praydore Parker; 75. Our belief about God; 70.

ing for the abolition of the liquor traffic

with Africa; the secretary has established Service of Jesus to the world; 77. The

correspondence with the churches as far as Bible: what it is.

possible, asking for annual subscriptions Guild of the First Parish, Concord, Mass.: 78. Earnest Working; 79. Self-ex

and requesting co-operation with the Society.

The total amount of money received for the amination; 80. Faith, love, and works; 81,

year was $596.76, and the amount Ambition ; 82. Consecration; 83. Cheerful

pended $102.53. ness; 84. Seeking God in youth ; 85. Selfrespect and self-conceit; 86. Honor; 87.

The following resolution to promote temExamples of Christ's life; 88. Noble aims; perance, adopted by the First Parish in 89. Christian fellowship; 90. Influences of Portland, Me., was read before the Society: Nature; 91. The Bible. Channing Guild of First Parish, Wal

UNITARIAN CHURCH TEMPERANCE tham, Mass.: 92. Temptations; 93. The

ASSOCIATION. force of example; 94. Aspiration ; 95. Disci- “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to pline; 96. Reverence; 97. Who is my you, do ye even so to them." neighbor? 98. Holy days in the church cal- Being deeply moved by the knowledge of the inendar; 99. Fénelon's life and writings; tense suffering and the great ruin brought to many

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homes by the abuse of alcoholic beverages, and so large as Boston which has so quiet a feeling that such abuse is alarmingly on the in- Sunday, a Sunday so free from intoxication crease, the members of the First Parish, Portland, and disorder, as Boston has at the present do hereby express their sense of personal responsi- time. This has been brought about through bility in regard to this overwhelming evil, and the efforts of the Law and Order League ; would earnestly seek both to consider the best but we must not fail to give due credit to method of freeing society from this destructive the board of police, deriving its authority power an also so to regulate their individual action from the people of the whole State. The as to assist all who may be struggling against the members of the police force to-day feel free fetters of personal habit.

to perform their duty.” “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the

The annual meeting of the Episcopal least of these, ye have done it unto me.”

Church Temperance Society (New England Some of the churches, instead of forming department) was held recently in Trinity a branch temperance society, bave a temper- Chapel, Boston. Rt. Rev. T. M. Clark, D.D., ance committee who take in charge this spe- Bishop of Rhode Island, presided. Rev. Dr. cial work, and arrange for meetings, dis- Alsop of Brooklyn gave an address upon tribute literature, secure annual subscrip- “The Relation of Temperance to Social tions, and forward any measures for the Problems,” in which he said that paupergood of the cause. It was suggested that ism, crime, the everlasting conflict between the appointment of a temperance committee capital and labor, and the social evil could might be an appropriate measure for the be traced directly to one source, - poverty ; Women's Alliance to consider.

and that a great portion of this poverty

could be traced to intemperance. Of the The secretary, Rev. G. H. Hosmer, will

$900,000,000 paid annually in the United be glad to forward, for free distribution, States for liquor consumption, fully seventyany of the Society's temperance tracts, and five per cent., he averred, came from those to open correspondence with any one upon whose incomes are small. Mr. Robert Grathe work of the Society. Address, 25 Bea- ham thought that the liquor question con Street, Boston.

might be solved in three ways; namely, by The annual meeting of the Citizens' Law

social means, such as coffee houses in all and Order League of Massachusetts, which large cities; by establishing churches among has a membership of four thousand, was

the poor; and by legislation, limiting the held at the Vendome, Boston, April 30.

number of saloons to one to every one thouThe secretary, Mr. L. Edwin Dudley, read

sand inhabitants. Rev. William Wilbera report_giving a glimpse of the good work

force Newton, D.D., believed the best results of the League. When it began, in 1881,

could be obtained in the temperance cause almost every licensed saloon was selling in- by meeting the passions of evil men with toxicating liquor to small children, very

the passions of good men, by bringing posifew made any pretence of closing their

tive influences to bear instead of negative doors on Sunday, and all openly violated

Much of the best work in Pittsfield, nearly every provision of the law. Almost

Mass., had been done by bringing sanctified

common sense down into the common walks every one who applied for a license was given permission to sell. Though two

of life. “We cheer instead of censure," he thirds of the towns of the State were voting said, “and the place is a cheering sort of a annually, under our local option law, that place and has a cheerful influence.” no licenses should be granted, in nearly all Rev. Joseph May of Philadelphia has of them the saloons were open, and no at- been giving some practical sermons lately tempt was made to molest them or make on “Public Purity, --its Peril, its Defence, them afraid. The police force was indiffer- and “Sobriety.” These are published in ent to the condition of things, and the citi- series of monthly sermons issued by the First zens generally apathetic or hopeless and de- Unitarian Church. They discuss in a calm spairing.

manner, but most earnestly and rationally, Since its formation in 1881, the League the great subjects named. In the sermon has done a marvellous work: many liquor "Sobriety," he says: “Never, I think, dealers have been prosecuted for violation did a great community rise up so deliberof the law; determined contests have been ately, with so little passion, but with so made before legislative committees, to pre- much determination and plain good sense, vent the repeal of laws; and careful super- to put down a glaring evil, as our people vision is given to the conduct of the sale of throughout many of the States are now exliquor.

hibiting in their purpose to restrain the "As the result of the work of the League, liquor traffic and minimize its terrible evils. sales of liquor to children have been almost In the respect of social purity, while a entirely suppressed. With the exception of mountain-load of evil and shame is to be a few places holding licenses as innholders, moved, it is reassuring to see the broad and which have special privileges under the earnest beginnings which, through women law, all the licensed places are now closed especially, but men, too, are already made on Sunday; and it is not too much to claim both in the countries of Europe and in our that there is not in the world another city own.'

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