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for doubt that a high-class review, to be the Are there not signs of a closer and more exponent of the advanced and more indepen- rigid drawing of theological lines in the ordent religious scholarship of the time, is a thodox bodies? The action of the Presbyreal need. The question is, how to raise terians regarding Dr. Briggs, and of tbe the money necessary to insure its success. Episcopalians regarding Mr. MacQueary and Of course, changing from a monthly to a Dr. Newton, and the persistent effort made quarterly would greatly lessen the expense, to keep Phillips Brooks out of the bishop's and making the publication interdenomina- office seem to indicate as much. The dec. tional and international would much enlarge larations uttered in the recent International its constituency. Have we
Congregational Council in London, to the women of means among us who would be effect that Unitarians are not to be fellos. glad to establish and endow such a high- shipped, and the refusal of the Methodists class quarterly? The subject may come up and Presbyterians in Saratoga to allow us to for further consideration at Saratoga.
use their churches for our coming Confer
ence, seem to point in the same direction. The missionary spirit is undoubtedly Nor is all this strange. With liberal thought growing in the Unitarian body. But there creeping into the orthodox folds everywhere, is still room for improvement. If our lib
it is not to be wondered at if the shepherds eral faith is good for ourselves and our chil- begin to wake up, mend the gates, stop the dren, it will be good for others, and we
cracks, and strengthen the crumbling walls. ought to help them to get it. Mr. Savage
We sometimes flatter ourselves that the age well says: “The two or three great religions of theological controversy is past, and, of the world that are of any historic signifi-. therefore, that Unitarianism has no further cance have been missionary religions. The
controversial work to do. On the contrary, the people believed so thoroughly that ney had signs seem to indicate that the profoundest the truth that the world needed that they possible theological controversies are coming felt impelled not simply to live it out at
to the whole religious world, -controversies home, but to bestow it as broadly and freely that no church can escape, least of all one as the sunshine or the rain. So one of two
that is in the van of thought, as ours is. things must be true, -either Unitarianism is worth giving to other people or it is not And, after all, is controversy the thing worth keeping ourselves. If it be God's
most to be feared in the religious world? truth, -and, if it be not, let us surrender it,
Is it not better than superstition? Is it not —then we are under the highest obligations
better than indifference? Have not the ages to do what we can to give it to all man
of religious progress and reform always been kind."
ages of controversy? We cannot escape con
troversy except by abandoning our place in Of the fundamental faiths of Unitarianism, “one God whose nature is goodness the advancing army of truth. The army has and love, the oneness of man with God,
fighting to do,-nothing is more certain
than that. and, therefore, the immortality of the soul,
We must either participate or and the final triumph of good over evil in
desert. If we are not cowards and traitors, the universe," Rev. Stopford Brooke says,
we shall keep the post where God has put “These are not dogmas: they are the eternal It is only by the grappling of truth truths, about which dogmas are made." with error that error is overcome.
Let con troversy be lifted up out of all bitterness and
unfairness on to the plane of candor, let its That is an inspiring fact which Mrs. Sutherland Orr tells us in her recently published
aim be not personal victory, but the advance
ment of truth, and the evil passes away. Life of Browning, that the great poet took up the study of Hebrew and Spanish after he had passed his seventieth year. And Recreation that fascinates and demoralizes why not? He is the wisest soul who most and makes regular work irksome is bad.
See what Gladstone is doing at Recreation that rests and sends one back to past eighty. And Martineau, since he was his work with renewed strength and ardor eighty, has given the world the greatest is good. We trust it is the latter that has books of his life.
come to our ministers and other workers as
the result of the closing of churches and the orable, a disgraceful occupation. The very suspension of religious activities of the past man who patronizes the open bar despises two months. We have had our rest and
the man who serves him behind it. The
second step has been taken in many comhealthful diversion. Now for a year of glad munities and even States of our Union, which and earnest labor,-labor with all our have so heavily taxed and so restricted the strength and with our whole hearts in it! saloon as to make it unprofitable, and drive
most, if not all, saloon-keepers out of the
business. Some day, and soon, too, we Now is the time when plans for church shall pursue this course in California. Ultiwork must be made. The strong minister mately, the last step will be taken, and the and the efficient church make plans and
saloon will be made impossible either by a
high taxation that breaks it down or by its carry them out, and do little drifting. As absolute prohibition. This step, also, has another year of activity confronts us, plans been taken by many communities and are to be formed and set on foot for the States, and their number is daily increasSunday-school, for the Bible classes, for the ing. --Rev. Charles W. Wendte. Women's Auxiliary, for the Unity Club, for DON'T SEND MY BOY WHERE YOUR GIRL the Guild, for the King's Daughters or Lend
CAN'T GO. a Hand society, for evening services, for Don't send my boy where your girl can't go, missionary preaching, systematic tract and And say, “There's no danger for boys, you literature distribution, for temperance work,
know, for philanthropic and charitable work, for
Because they all have their wild oats to the social life of the parish, for home
There is no more excuse for my boy to be finances, for derominational finances. In
low this work of planning, two or three things Than your girl. Then please do not tell may to advantage be borne in mind. One
him so. is, to be sure and do it. A other is, to do This world's old lie is a boy's worst foe. it promptly, courageously, nd without apol. Don't allow him to go into places of sin, ogy.
Another is not to expect perfection. And then to your hearts and homes take but to remember that a poor plan well car
him in, ried out is far better than no plan. Still Saying: “Oh, for a boy there is nothing to further, it is well to remember that one of
And it don't matter much if he does drink the best ways to get persons to help you
beer. work is to get them to help you make your He will stop by and by,-it was always so, plans for work.
All men and boys have wild oats to sow.”
You tell them this, and they think it is so, TEMPERANCE NOTES.
Not foreseeing that, sown, those seeds will
To them the harvest is hidden from view, The regular business meeting of the Uni- Until, too late, the sowing they rue; tarian Church Temperance Society will be For, at last, their horror-struck souls will held at Saratoga in connection wtih the National Conference. The business will consist What the outcome of sowing wild oats of reports, the election of officers, and the
must be. consideration of amendments to the constitution offered two years ago. The principal Don't send my boy where your girl can’t go, one relates to membership, and provides for For a boy or a girl sin is sin, you know; an individual membership in addition to
And my baby-boy's hands are as clean and that of branch societies in churches. It is
white also proposed to omit the word “church” in And his heart is as pure as your girl's the name of the society, calling it simply
to-night. “The Unitarian Temperance Society."
Drunkenness is a disease in America with Either we must abridge and break down the proportions of a pestilence. The the liquor business, or it will ruin and de- method of socialism is to send the constable stroy us in body and soul, in home and to close the saloon: the method of ChrisState. There is but one solution of the tianity is to send the teacher and the preacher problem that promises any safety to our- to make the man strong enough to control selves and our homes. The liquor business his own appetite. I am not here discussing must be made disreputable, it must be made which of these methods is the better; and unprofitable, and, lastly, it must be made what I have said above I repeat, -that they impossible. The first step has already been are not mutually exclusive. It is legitimate, taken, when, in California, the saloon busi- however, even if hardly necessary, to say ness, especially, is recognized as a dishon- that I have more faith in education than in
the Force Bill, in the methods of John B. ual training is assuming an importance unGough than in those of Neal Dow.–Lyman recognized twenty-five years ago. A symmetAbbott, in the Arena.
rically developed mind cannot coexist with Omaha's saloons and houses of prostitu- physical malformation. In a race or nation tion pay immense sums yearly to Omaha's healthy minds mean healthy bodies, and the school fund. But is the cause of education
reverse is true. We are as yet only placing promoted thereby? A suggestive answer is
our feet in the right direction, When I see found in the fact that the total enrolment of
the care taken of little children, the intellischool children is only about one-half of the
gent and thoughtful consideration given to school population, and the average daily at
their food and clothing, though I feel that tendance is only about one-third the total
much more remains to learn and do, I am school population. Thus does vice promote
sure we are moving in the direction of a more virtue, and blood money educate innocence! perfect manhood and womanhood. In the The Voice,
matter of intellectual cultivation are se
also in the right way? A grave question, The Union Signal for February 12 con- with as many answers as communities. I tains an address of Abraham Lincoln before am inclined to think we have overrated a Springfield temperance society, delivered the educational influence from books alone, on the 22d of February, 1842, said to be his especially with our girls. With bors otber first address. It is prophetic of things to factors have come in to lessen the dangers come: “And when the victory shall be com- attending a life wholly given to study, plete, -when there shall be neither a slave Yet I glory in the educational advantages nor a drunkard on the earth,-how proud our girls have to-day; and I would give to the title of that land which may truly every boy or girl, rich or poor, to whom it claim to be the birthplace and the cradle of would be a true educator, a developer of both those revolutions that shall have ended power, a collegiate course; and I would in that victory! How nobly distinguished withhold it from the boy or girl, however that people who shall have planted and nurt- circumstanced, to whom it would not be all ured to maturity both the political and moral this.
For many, a practical business is the freedom of their species.”— Unity.
best educator. It does not seem wise to alC. R. ELIOT. tempt to fashion all children to the same
pattern. Some will be misfits if we attempt
it. Light thrown on one point reflects to GUILD DEPARTMENT.
others; and I hope this from manual and
all physical training, -that, when one has OUR UNDISCOVERED SELVES.
learned to balance his physical powers, be
will instinctively adjust his mental gifts. Abstract of Paper given before Young People's Guild of Wellesley Hills, Mass.
If, then, grave problems meet us on erery
side in these more tangible matters in life, What mother, looking at the helpless who shall wonder that we fail to comprelittle being given to her care, has not pon- hend our spiritual natures? Our inner selves dered long and earnestly on the wonderful to us almost an undiscovered land. mystery of its development? The aimless There are no delusions so complete as those movement of the tiny hand, as yet uncon we cherish concerning ourselves, no eyes trolled by the will, gives no definite promise so blinded as those turned in upon our own of the future. The eye tells no story of motives, nothing so little understood by us emotions: it only speaks the placidity of the mainspring of our own actions. the unawakened. The tender lips move not This has its cheering as well as its depressin communion of human speech: they utter ing side. The words of Jesus apply to us only the unconscious wail of physical dis- all, –“Father, forgive them; for they know comfort. And yet the mother knows—she not what they do." It is true we do not feels as no one else—the infinite possibility and cannot realize the remote results of our of that physical and mental life. She won- commonest acts: even the smallest sin of ders if the tiny hand will grow in brawn omission may entail disaster. Yet I believe and muscle to grapple with the practical re- we often see these failings, weaknesses, alities of life. Perhaps it may be trained sins of ours, far more readily than we see to sweep the chords of poesy and song for and admit our good deeds and tendencies. the elevation of his fellow-men. Will love We need to hear what Jesus by his life is and intelligence speak from the kindling eye constantly saying, -Father, forgive them; or sodden brutality darken the “windows of for they know not how much of thee is in the soul"? Are the feet destined to walk them. We are weak of faith: we cannot along the upland way or the martyr's road, believe in our God-given inheritance. Men the lips to utter only sighs and groans or go on, day in and day out, "till years swell the anthem of immortality? The make up the sum of life," grieving for sins thoughtful tremble at the responsibility rest- that are perhaps not violations of God's ing upon them.
laws at all, but simply offences against the We have learned something of what phys- customs of men. We are so surrounded by ical training will do for the body. America these conventionalities of thought that have is waking to needs in this direction. Man- grown out of some need, perhaps no longer
existing, that we approve and condemn our At the Wednesday morning meeting at own and others' lives by them heedlessly. Weirs, July 29, Miss Brown spoke in regard Does not Jesus warn us when he says, to religious culture for young people, and, "Judge not that ye be not judged"? Judge we understand, gave some share of her not even yourselves by laws which may be remarks to guilds. false or which you imperfectly comprehend.
Mr. Fenn makes the suggestion, which If you are trying to live worthily, have faith in your Father. Leave judgment to
surely could be carried out in many places, the Power that alone sees and knows all.
as the guilds become numerous The Power which made your life a resultant enough, that they should start Sunday-school of many inherited traits, the Power which services, and follow these in time with
church services in sections where no liberal has perhaps placed your life in contact with some other life seemingly at variance preaching had been heard. in purpose, will judge you by other stand- We are glad to learn that our movement ards than it is possible for you to use for will get recognition at the National Conferyourself. Two divergent souls chained to- ence along with the Sunday School Society, gether by circumstance have in life no op- Unity Clubs, and the temperance work, as portunity to see each other in perspective. in general forming one feature of young So situated, daily intercourse means the fric- people's work. Rev. E. A. Horton will tion which wears the character, as do the have charge of a meeting for this purpose. wave-beats the rocky coast of our New Eng
B. R. BULKELEY, President. land. The end finds them scarred and seamed with the struggle to maintain integrity of purpose. Such being our lot, if,
UNIVERSALIST NOTES. like the bluff, we have by God's grace withstood the inroads of life's struggle, so much
CHARLES ROBINSON. the better for the sandy beach beyond, the
The sunshine of midsummer has been weaker ones we may have unconsciously defended. To the eye which sees the life as a
clouded to many of us by the tidings that whole, it is grander and of stronger beauty
Charles Robinson was dead. And there are for the warfare; more lovely, also, if per
sure to be as many to whom these words chance the tide has brought to it the various
will come in Unitarian circles who have germs of sea life which may lodge in its
known his worth and will feel his loss. He fissures, the pimpernel and mosses to beau
was a man of more than common strength, tify and glorify its very ruggedness. And integrity, and moral worth.
Sprung from we are to remember that of that other life
the best Massachusetts stock, out of a which seems to dwarf our own we may not
stanch old Middlesex family, he exhibited judge. If one life varies from the right, so
in his whole life the best traits of our surely does the other. No human life can
American life. He was a man of the largest be a standard for any other. I sometimes
practical wisdom, yet tender and susceptible think we may not be so responsible for the
to the finest things in life. He had a faith outcome of our individual lives as we are in
in divine realities far above the narrow clined to think. An infinite, beneficent In
definitions of the sects; yet he gave his telligence must govern in a way far, far sympathy and support to the church with beyond the power of our littleness to know.
which his sympathies and associations fell The great schemes of God are not to be com
with unstinted liberality. He was the friend prehended by finite man. So that, even if and trusted adviser of some of our foremost we could shape our lives, unhindered, in ac
clergymen and laymen, and one of a little cordance with our highest ideal, should we
group in Boston to whose wise foresight not at last in the Divine Light find our
and prudent devisings our church owes some highest too low? Believe, therefore, that
of her stablest institutions. Especially did “your Father knoweth what things ye have
he give to Tufts College his warmest supneed of”;, that, although “it doth not yet port, and he was ever counted among the appear what ye shall be,” it will be fairer
wisest and most helpful of its counsellors. and better for all men than we can dream.
Thank God for such men, and especially for MARY CLARKE SMITH.
their works which follow them! At the last annual meeting of the Na
LONG PASTORATES. tional Guild Alliance there was a suggestion The recent observance at Minneapolis of made in regard to having a paper published the twenty-fifth anniversary of Dr. Tuttle's in the interest of guilds in general. Al settlement as pastor was an occasion of rare ready individual societies have published interest to our whole church. No man ever monthlies. Since the anniversary there has deserved the praise and honor bestowed been the further suggestion that a paper in upon him more thoroughly than Dr. Tuttle's the interest of young people's movements in and no pastor among us has done a more the church might be more feasibly started exemplary work than he. The witnesses to and carried on. A committee of the Alli- his devoted and fruitful pastorate were presance will soon be called to consider the ent in force, and spoke with no uncertain matter.
voices. It was interesting to note how much of this testimony would probably have editor of the Modern Rerier during the been unavailable but for the length of time three or four years of its history. To such which Dr. Tuttle had dwelt in the city of as niay not have formed his acquaintance his choice, and the opportunity which had we are glad to introduce him through the thus been given to his fellow-citizens as article from his pen printed in this number well as to his parishioners to become well of the Unitarian. acquainted with him and with his work. That slow-growing plant called “confidence"
A small Unitarian Hymn-book in the had had plenty of time in which to ripen to a
Khasi language of India, containing ninety glorious and abundant harvest. If this noble hymns, besides some brief services and minister had done the same work in just as
prayers, is being printed at Ann Arbor, faithful a way in four cities instead of one,
under the supervision of Mr. Sunderland. that same quarter-century would not, be
The book is for the use of the little band of cause it could not, have yielded any such
Unitarians gathered by Mr. Hajom Kissor splendid return of appreciation and of trust.
Singh of Jowai, Assam, letters from whom That rolling stone, an uneasy and roving have been printed from time to time in the minister, gathers but little of the moss of
Unitarian. The money to defray the ero power and influence which attaches to him pense of the publication is being raised by who rests long in a place. It takes time to
the Women's Auxiliaries of Waterville and establish one's self in any community. The
other places in Maine, through the exertions higher the character of the community, the
of Miss Helen N. Bates of Waterville. longer the time which must be allowed for Edward Everett Hale and Lucretia P. the man to be known, proved, trusted, and Hale are writing a new novel, entitled followed. Of course, the man may be of “Harry and Lucy,” which is appearing the sort whose reputation could not survive serially in the Boston Commonwealth. It is the strain of a long settlement. That may a story of Boston life to-day. be the true reason why there are so few which outlast a half-dozen years. But it is
“Ethics for Young People" is the title of hard to believe that our ministry is so poorly
a new book by Prof. C. C. Everett, just endowed with grace or our laity so exacting published by Ginn & Co. and impatient that, with proper ideals of the D. Appleton & Co. announce “The Faitb true pastorate, the average term might not Doctor,” a new novel by Edward Eggleston. be vastly lengthened, and a far larger proportion of ministers celebrate their silver The Universalist Publishing House will wedding with their churches. It cannot be
issue this month a volume of sermons by but that a reaction will soon occur, and with
Dr. Tuttle of Minneapolis, Minn. The it more permanent and satisfactory results
book will also contain a historical sketch of in the churches.
Universalism in Minneapolis, written by Dr. JOHN COLEMAN ADAMS.
Tuttle, to whom its remarkable growth has been so largely due, together with a portrait
of Dr. Tuttle, and tributes to his worth and LITERARY NOTES.
work by several friends.
The Hibbert Trust course of lectures de. Our readers will be glad that we have livered this year in London and Oxford was selected our “Upward Looks" this month given by Count Goblet d'Alviella, in from James Russell Lowell.
French. His subject was “The History of The last work that Mr. Lowell did, so far
the Religious Conception of God." They as is known, was an introduction to an edi
are being translated into English by Rer. tion of Izaak Walton's “Complete Angler,
P. H. Wicksteed, and are to be published
this autumn. which Little & Brown are to publish in October.
The Pall Mall Gazette announces the disWe print in this number of the Unitarian
covery of two unpublished manuscripts by the first of a series of three articles by Rev.
Carlyle, account of a trip to Paris in
1851, and unfinished novel entitled Charles L. Waite of Brunswick, Me., on
“Wotton Reinfred." “Universalism: Its History, Doctrines, Condition, and Prospects.” Every one not It is very pleasant to note the announcethoroughly acquainted with our sister de- ment that the Grolier Club intend to pubnomination should read these excellent ar- lish the charming and characteristic address ticles. Many will be astonished to find how of Mr. George William Curtis on Washingnearly parallel with our own has been its ton Irving during the coming autumn. Mr. history and how exactly identical with our Curtis bas revised and somewhat expanded own is its doctrinal position to-day.
his address, which will be published in Rev. Richard A. Armstrong of Liverpool,
octavo form on paper specially made for the Eng., who is to preach the opening sermon
purpose, with one or two portraits, and. of the Saratoga Conference, is well known
possibly, other illustrations. to some of our readers. He is one of our A monument to Mrs. Browning is to be leading English ministers, and was the erected at Ledbury, in Hereford, where she