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hundred members and a Young People's six weeks ago, drew together a large and Guild of forty, both of which are fully representative company of English Unitaalive, the Sunday-school, with a large pas- rians and their friends. There were adtor's class and interesting concerts and sys- dresses by Principal Drummond and others. tematic work, is on the way to growth and The cost of the edifices and grounds will be usefulness. A parish library has been about £50,000, of which sum about €44,000 started, and a new organization is to be have been secured. Those who have seen made of the school. The Sunday evening drawings of the new buildings say they will familiar talks are popular, and a course of rank among the most beautiful in Oxford. lectures by well-known speakers is to be

Pomona, Cal.-Rev. Leslie W. Sprague given. The beautiful stone church, with

and his wife, Rev. Lila Frost Sprague, were its appointments and facilities, is a great

installed as ministers of the First Unitarian help in carrying on the work of the club.

Church November 1. Rev. Eli Fay, D.D., The Ministers' Union of the town, originat

of San Bernardino preached the sermon, ing in the Unitarian vestry at a supper Rev. J. S. Thomson of Los Angeles gave where the other clergymen were sharing the hospitalities, is one of the best things ever

the charge to the people, and Rev. Thomas started in any town. Indeed, it now in

Van Ness extended the right hand of felcludes half a dozen surrounding towns, and

lowship. We have no church edifice here;

and the exercises were held in the opera numbers fifteen or twenty members of all

house, which was filled. denominations.

Rev. Mr. Sprague preached his first serNorton, Mass.-- The Young People's mon to his Pomona congregation November Guild observed its second anniversary Octo- 8, taking for his topic, “Why should there ber 26. About two hundred and fifty people be a Unitarian Church?” A good congregagathered at the Unitarian church to listen tion greeted him, and all were well pleased. to the exercises. The secretary's statement Immediately after the close of the service showed that the present membership of the steps were taken to organize a Sundayguild is fifty-nine. The guild held forty- school. tive Sunday evening services during the year, San Bernardino, Cal.-On Sunday, Nothe largest attendance being 125 and the

vember 8, Rev. Lila Frost Sprague, joint average attendance 51. At these meetings pastor with her husband of the First Unioriginal papers, on vital and practical

tarian Church of Pomona, preached here to topics, have been read by members of the

the regular congregation in Dr. Fay's guild, an occasional lecture has been given,

church. She took the theme, “ The Problem and there has been held a memorial service,

of Evil." a patriotic service, Easter and Thanksgiving services, a harvest concert, and several praise

San Francisco, Cal.— The Channing services. Rev. B. R. Bulkeley, president Auxiliary is full of life and activity. It of the National Guild Alliance, and Rev. prints monthly leaflets entitled “Scattered William H. Fish, Jr., of Dedham, were

Leaves,” which it circulates in this city, present at our anniversary and addressed and through the Post-office Mission all up the guild and its friends. There were pres

and down the coast. It is preparing a very ent delegates from Dedham, Newton, Prov

beautiful calendar for the new year, which idence, R.I., and Taunton ; also members

is to contain copies of pen and ink sketches of the Christian Endeavor at the Centre and by local artists. At the last meeting of the the Epworth League at Chartley. The organ

Auxiliary a member gave a very full and prelude by Mr. Abbot Smith, the words of interesting report of the recent Pacific Conwelcome by Mr. Nicholson, and the violin

ference at Los Angeles. Hon. Horace Davis solo by Mr. George Smith were highly ac- gave a very instructive and delightful lectceptable to the audience. The guild and its ure before the Auxiliary, November 16, on invited guests then repaired to the vestry, “Sights and Incidents in Japan.” where a collaticn had been provided which On November 8 Rev. Dr. Stebbins began was enjoyed by all. If some such pro

series of Sunday evening lectures in his gramme could be carried out in different church on “Popularity"; "Agnosticism”; parts of the country once a year as “a reg- “Religion as modified by American Society” ular thing” in our Unitarian methods, it

“Nonsense”; “Darwin and Darwinism" would greatly facilitate the diffusion of “The Press, or Newspapers and Journalguild facts, raise the tide of enthusiasm in guild work, and create many new and in- Seattle, Wash.—The Post-Intelligencer valuable friendships, besides letting the of November 9 contains an excellent sermon world know, not only that our liberal flag is by Rev. William G. Eliot on “The Duties waving at the mast-head, but also that our of Life." young people are determined to do their

Shelbyville, Ill.—A social gathering of part to keep it there.

C. F. N.

very extraordinary interest was held at the Oxford, Eng.—The buildings for the ac- Unitarian church on the evening of Novemcommodation of the Manchester New College ber 14. A debt and mortgage to the amount (Unitarian) are in process of erection. The of some twelve or thirteen hundred dollars ceremony of laying the corner-stone, five or have long rested upon the home of Rev.

ism."

ers,

V.

J. L. Douthit. As the debt was becoming the weekly meeting of Sunday-school teachtoo heavy to be borne much longer, and as The course is awakening much interest the limited income of Mr. Douthit left no among the scholars, and doing much to margin for its liquidation, Mrs. J. G. make clear the fundamental distinction beCochran of Shelbyville, Mrs. Gougar, the tween liberal and orthodox faith. well-known temperance worker, and other

The four small windows remaining friends have been for some months at work in the church proper will soon be filled with trying to raise the money to pay it. The memorials of deceased members of the conefforts put forth culminated in what was gregation. called a “Silver Dollar Social” of the date VI. The Unitarian Club opened the seajust named. The evening was very rainy ; son October 19. Mr. Snyder's paper on yet a large number assembled.

Those pres- “The Semitic Influence on Modern Thought" ent brought their gifts, and letters were read provoked a most interesting discussion, and from many persons at a distance who sent gave his friends one of those ever-welcome their gifts and assurances of sympathy and opportunities of hearing him on a secular warmest regard. To the delight of all, the topic.

C. L. M. offerings were found to be sufficient to cancel the mortgage.

So the home is saved, and a good man and woman are relieved of

JOTTINGS. a great and almost crushing load. There were speeches, congratulations, and refreshments, and seldom have a company of peo

“Send out the sunlight that speaks in a ple been so happy. Mr. and Mrs. Douthit

smile: were almost overwhelmed with the wholly

Often it shortens the long, weary mile! unexpected kindness of their friends.

Often the burdens seem light for a while. St. Joseph, Mo.--- Rev. Enoch Powell,

“Send out the sunlight, the sunlight of the Missouri Valley missionary of the Amer

cheer, ican Unitarian Association, is lending a

Shine on earth's sadness till ills disappear: hand to the Unitarian society here, and

Souls are in waiting this message to hear." trying to help it to get on its feet again. “ All the way from Calvary down St. Joseph is a large and important city,

The carven pavement shows and there are some earnest souls in the little Their graves who won the martyr's crown, Unitarian church. Some day we shall have And safe in God repose, a strong society here. Courage, and try The saints of many a warring creed, again!

Who now in heaven have learned St. Louis, Mo.- We have received the That all paths to the Father lead following notes from the Church of the

Where self the feet have spurned." Messiah:I. The Eliot Society held its first meeting

A WORD ABOUT HERESY. for the season 1891-92 on the 27th of Octo- Dr. George C. Lorimer has a word to say ber. There was an unusual attendance, at- concerning the new heresies. The air is tracted by the report of the Woman's Alli- full of questionings, and heterodoxy is ramance by Mrs. McKittrick, who interested all pant; but “there is no real need for the in her account of the work. The Meadville morbid anxiety that now prevails in certain call was prominently mentioned: the women quarters," for we should "remember that the propose responding in a creditable fashion. heresies of the hour are not of the damnable The members of the society, which is a sort which, as Peter declared, deny the Lord branch of the alliance, were gratified to hear who bought us. Neither are they mixed that we have one of the largest branches in with such immoralities as Paul condemns the country, probably the only one having in his letter to the Galatians.” The “hera director in its own right. There is no etics" who have attracted recent attention other branch in the State; but our member- are men of blameless life and earnest seekers ship of over one hundred entitles us to a after truth, who do not question the truth of State director. Other features of the meet- Scripture, but, by denying the old traditional ing were the reports from the Standing Com- method by which it was supposed that the mittee, and a paper on “The Domestic Ser- truth had been revealed, seek to lead us "to vice Question" by Mrs. Stone.

recognize a more rational criticism than was II. The Literary Committee will soon possible to our fathers.” Neither are their issue the programme for the literary class, heresies “defections from Christian doctrine, to be called Moral Lessons from Shak- but only from the creeds which assume auspere.

thoritatively to define such doctrines." Its III. The chorus choir rendered the Mass adherents simply question the authority of of Saint Cecilia in the presence of a large men who lived centuries ago to cast all recongregation on the afternoon of the 15th. ligious belief into a set of rigid forms from

IV. The Sunday-schools of the church which no future age can escape. Neither do are following studies in Unitarianism, pre- they depart in the least from the high ideals pared by Mr. Snyder and studied under his of Christian life; but they do protest against direction by the teachers of both schools at a narrow interpretation of that life.

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Vol. VI.

DECEMBER, 1891.

No. 12.

A purer, higher form of Christianity is needed, such as will

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555 The Person of Christ. C. C. Everett

557 The Tree of Life. L. E. B.

56 The Power of Faith. Frederick B. Mott 564 Christianity in Japan

565 The Liberal Ministry: Its Work. J. T. Sunderland.

569 A Woman's Travel-notes on England. Marie C. Remick .

572 Abiel Abbot Livermore. A. J. Rich

575 A Glance at the Story of Harvard. Joseph Shippen

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0. B. Frothingham's "Unitarianism." F.

B. M. One Upward Look Each Day Dr. Thomas Hill. Editorial Notes Universalist Notes. John Coleman Adams,

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