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THE WASHINGTON HERAUD. SUNDAY. JANUARY 14. 1912.
IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD
THE TREND OF THINGS.
Church Unity Event
In church -unity annals January , UH
will be set down by church historians as
a landmark. In New Tork, on the even
ing of that day a dinner was siren by
the Missionary Education Movement of
the United States and Canada, and at
tended by the foremost home and tor--eign
organized missionary agencies. The
BO men present represented tSO.Cca.000 ex
penditure & year for missions. Hardly
a society In. North America, any con
siderable alze or any religious body, but
had men present.
Thi significance of the dinner. Its Ma
teria character, was that home and for
eign men came together Within the
past few years much has been said about
union of separated religious bodies. But
the separation between Protestant bodies
Of different names has hardly been;
greater than that between home and for
eign organisations In the same religious
bodies. Strange to say, there have been
times and bodies wherein the two In
terests had hardly more Is common than
Protestants and Catholics. Competition
and not co-operation obtained tn all di
The missionary education movement
was, until recently, the young peoples
missionary movement. It has always
tanked as a foreign propaganda, although
Siring some attention to home work. Its
secretary, Mr. Harry Wade Hicks, was
formerly a secretary of the American
board, the Congregational foreign socie
ty. It was this movement that ventured
to bring leaders of the two Interests to
gether at dinner. The occasion was tie
meeting of the foreign missions confer
ence, representing all societies In North
America, and the early assembling; in
Hew York of the homeTnisslons council,
representing the home organizations of
the United States.
At the dinner the topic was The unity
If missions." The speakers were classed
by those present as three foreign to one
home, but the home pAple said they were
gratified at that measure of recognition.
The principal speakers' were the editor
of a Toronto newspaper, Mr. J. A. Mac
Donalu. the Her. Arthur J. Brown, of
the Presbyterian foreign board and chair
man of the continuation committee of the
last worlds conference on foreign mis
sions; Mr. Harry "Wade Hicks, of the
movement, which arranged the dinner,
and the Rev. Dr. Hubert C Herring, of
the Congregational home missionary so
ciety. This bringing together of the two great
missionary agencies, held to be an
achievement second only to bringing to
gether prominent religious bodies of dif
ferent names, is one of the outcomes of
the new Interest In missions on the
part of laymen. It is said on all sides
that the laymen's missionary movement,
the men and religion movement, and
similar campaigns have had a share in it
Separation was due to oversea! on both
sides, and the conviction of strong men
that the task which they had set them
selves outstripped in Importance all other
missionary tasks. "The unity of mis
sions," as urged at the dinner Just held,
is regarded as an advance in Christian,
eveu church, unity that is the most im
portant yet attained out of the recent
For the benefit of any who are un
familiar with technicalities of Protestant
Christian work, it may be explained that
the home missionary agencies are those
which labor on United States soil, and
who proclaim that America is both a
force to convert the world and a field to
be evangelised, the latter a necessary
preparation for the former. At least JiO.
000 000 a year is spent, although all of
that sum does not go through the home
society treasuries. The foreign people
are those who work In foreign fields, of
course. The money gifts of the United
States and Cannon to foreign work, now
outranking those of any other country.
and nearly a half more than Great Bri
tain, amounted last year to 11X230 000.
The Welcome to Farley.
The reception which Note, York wIU ac
cord Cardinal Farley upon his return
from Borne will follow In most respects
that accorded to Cardinal McCloskey un
der similar circumstances. It will he
much more elaborate In expense and fn
length of time, but will lack in national
character, since Cardinal McCloskey was
the first American to be elevated to the
Sacred College. Cardinal Farley's wel
come will be more local than that of his
predecessor. The dajtes will be January
16 to E, and the plans art: A procession
up Broadway and Fifth avenue to the
Cathedra), an Illumination of St. Pat
rick's and a great service there, a publlo
meeting at the Hippodrome, and a recep
tion by the Catholic Club, the latter
closing the nine days of welcome.
Those taking part in the welcome will
Include United Stater Senator O'Gorman,
Appellate Division Justice Cowling, and
a great number of men of local New
York prominence. Some efforts have come
to the surface indicating- political use of
the event, but these efforts have been
frowned upon. Every attempt will be put
forth to make the occasion a personal,
a spiritual, and a Catholic one, with
politics barred. There is some enthu
siasm on the part of non-Catholics, but
It Is said not to be so great as when
Cardinal MoCloskey was , elevated, and
what there Is to be personal rather than
religious. Personally. Cardinal Farley
has many admirers, even waim friends,
The decorations accompanying the wel
come are to take two forma One is an
extraordinary number of electrio lights
upon St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the
other la the wearing of the cardinal's
colors by all Catholics not only when
making up the crowds lining the streets
upon the home-coming parade, but for a
given number of days. A part of the
aim is to single out Catholics, and so
show the real measure of the welcome.
To some extent this plan was followed
for Cardinal McCloskey. Catholics in
New York have enormously Increased
I money that may reach ,890 will be
preseuiea io wainai raricy. u "".. ,
reimourse ror tne neavy expenw, -
Wb IO U&CT7 UUfc 6VJOO wwiw-.-;,
that the new cardinal has Ion onter-
laiueo, ana tnai may, u ora.
evelatlon as prince of the church.
tfew Efforts Toward Union.
At the request of the commission ea a
world conference on faith and order, ap
pointed by the Episcopal Church la the
Unlfed States, the Church of England to
Canada has named a commission to unite
with others In arranging this world meet
ing. The commission consists,, o: tJe
Archbishop of Ottawa, the Bishops of
Algoma, Caledonia, Huron, Nova Scotia,
and Montreal, seven well-known clergy
men, and seven prominent laymen, the
latter Including two university chancellors.
The Episcopal commission reports that
It has communicated -with Christian lead
ers In avtrr part of the world, and that
thousands -of replies have been received,
promising co-operation, ot expressing
opinions that the time is ripe for action.
Practically every official body in the
English-speaking world of Protestantism
has now indorsed the plan, and named
commissions. Efforts are making by
leaders among them to secure recognition
from some of the Catholic communions,
especially the Greek and Russian. The
Coptic, Armenian, and other Eastern
bodies have been communicated with.
Inquiry among the leaders brings In
formation that New York City la likely
to be selected as meeting place for the
world conference When it may be held
has not thus far been ventured by any
body. The feeling seems to be that lime
should be given for the advances of In
dividual communions toward each other,
so as to have in evidence some tangible
efforts toward unity. Time is also need
ed. It Is claimed, for education concern
ing differences and agreements. Leaders
say that sentiment Is steadily improving
and that much is being gained by delay.
A letting well enough alone seems to
be the present programme, with some ef
forts toward drafting into signatures, to
the conference call representatives of all
Christian bodies Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan
contributed the flOO 000. which Is defraying
the cost of preliminaries, and Episcopal,
Disciples of Christ, and Congregational
churches are foremost in the plans thus
Cextroveny by Canonists.
A controversy has arisen, chiefly be
tween canonists, growing out of action by
a recent special session of the Episcopal
house of bishops and the declination of
Bishop Xtowe, of Alaska, to accept trans
fer from Alaska to South Dakota. The
Bishop of South Dakita resigned to be
come Bishop Coadjutor of Missouri The
house of bishops, whfvh electa all bishops
for missionary districts wd elected Bish
op Rowe to Alaska, elected him at this
special session to South 'Dakota. He de
clines to accept, and announces he will
stay In Alaska. The controversy of the
canonists is whether the pwwer that first
elects and assigns can elect a second
time and assign to a new district.
The Rt Rev. Dr. "James H. Van Buren.
Bishop of Porto Rico, has resigned" to
take effect next summer, when be will
have filled out nn even ten years of serv
ice. The reason Is 111 health, brought
about, the bishop feels, by the tropical
climate. Bishop Van Ruren, a Yale grad
uate, and going to Porto Rico from St.
Stephen's, Lynn, Masa, began his work
immediately after the Spanish war, and
will leave It, If his resignation la ac
cepted, in a most prosperous condition.
Among the Episcopal Church Institutions
there Is a fine hospital at Ponce.
The vacancy la South Dakota and now
this one In Pcrto Rico will make neces
sary, it Is now said, a second special
meeting of the bishops, a most unusual
circumstance during the three years be
tween regular meetings. The matter of
a district In South Dakota exclusively for
Indiana and the selection of an Indian
as bishop for It, will come up again. The
South Dakota district has two distinct
parts, one Indian and one white, and
both are vacant. So far as can be learn
ed, nobody expects the bishops to press
the point whether they can Insist, upon
Bishop Rowe's transfer, but some say
they may do so.
HEWS OF THE CHURCHES 07
De Pauw University closed a campaign
on January 1, In which it secured HU.000
through Its own efforts and tlOO.000 from
the Methodist gtneral board. Dakota
Wesleyan baa also closed one with C00,-
Vi, of which the board gave H.0 and
Junes J. Hill, the railway magnate, an-
Kotfter 0.000. Weslerin University is
seeking H.00s;oco, and now has ,,
Allegheny has until May to raise ww.".
of which the general board gives K,000.
Ohio Wesleyan has gained an endow
ment of SM0.0W. All Methodist colleges
untrtitif tirwm fhs endowment plans
thus far have succeeded In meeting the
conditions ,tnd have gained tneu- new
The American Baptist Foreign Mission
ary Society Jearns from its missionary
In Balasore. the Rev, George H. Hamlen.
of acute famine In Bengal. The Bengal
mission was until recently a free Bap
tist one, and comes under the regular
Bsptlit society through the union of
Baptists made not long since.
"Rains failed In Balasore this year."
states Mr Jiamlen, "and no one has rice
to eat. The. land Is rich. Splendid crops
of other kinds ore possible, but the peo
ple know nothing about raising them.
With-the same enterprise that I have
seen elsewhere In India they might have
plenty where now they are starving.
These people must be fed and clothed.
Starving men cannot work. Children
swarm, but they must not be permlted to
die. As It Is, they are stunted for lack
of proper food. We can manage with
a moderate allowance from famine funds
to provide a living, rain or no rain."
The society states that practically-the
same conditions obtained tn others of Its
mission fields tn India. The society's
treasurer is Charles W. Perkins, Box fl,
The same society learns from its mis
sionary In Chaochowfu, China, that the
people there favor a republic The city
named Is the capital of the most easterly
prefecture tn the Kwangtung province,
and has. (00,000 population. Canton Is
the nearest large city, from which Its
political Ideas are taUen, and Canton sur
rendered to the republican revolutionists
without a struggle or any loss of life.
The missionary, the Rev. B. L. Baker,
expresses surprise at the situation ob
taining all about him.
"You know China is noted for It
thieves." ho says, "whom only the ex
treme rlcor of Chinese magisterial law
hold In check. That now with no really
responsible head to control affairs there
should be no Increase In lawlessness Is
almost more than I can explain." The
missionary continues with the observation
that China Is a nation of surprises, and
states that, from long observation from
within It, he is inclined to think that a
new nation, possibly two of them, one of
constitutional monarchy for the north and
the other a republic for the south, can
come out In fairly good shape without
the bloodshed that almost always ac
ta impanles changes by Westerners.
Methodists have two Important mat
ters in hand. One Is a reduction In num
ber of delegates to "the quadrennial gen
eral conference and the other the rais
ing of money for educational endow
ments, to meet conditions of gifts made
by the general education board. Meth
odists have a university senate, a gen
eral advisory body. It has Just met at
Syracuse. It performs the Important
service of keepiog Methodist institutions
of higher learning up to grade, of recom
mending support for them, and of stim
ulating educate of promise to work
for the prizes of presidencies and other
honorable positions In their conduct.
A committee has been named by the
Methodist bishops to consider the ques
tion of the size of the general confer
ence, which committee will report at
Minneapolis In May, when the Mil con
ference assemblea It Is now thought
that the number, about SCO, will be re
duced. Sentiment seems to favor the
step. One reason Is a saving or ex
wnie. The ceneral conference now costs
O20.000 apart from local guarantees, and
this expense-'is put upon the churches.
Ministers Monday meetings all over ths
country are now hearing the arguments.
But a greater reason for reducing the
size la to secure more efficiency In legis
lation. The body Is so large that some
declare, deliberate legislation to be Impossible
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