Newspaper Page Text
The Presbyterian of the South
?? ? ? ' . fr-O. , i ... VOL. 94. RICHMOND, VA., MARCH 10, 1920. MAR No. 10 *iqr/ q "Guioq Cbttortal Botes anb Coifim^ PASTORS Conferences are being held by the Interchurch World Movement in various parts of the country and will be held in each State. Pastors of all of the co-operating churches arc asked to attend these conferences to hear representatives of the Movement present its work and its aims, and to confer together about it. The attendance at the conferences held thus far has been very remarkable, both as to the numbers of pastors who have been present and as to the number of denominations tliat have been represented. Two or three days have been spent in each conference. These are the States from which we have seen reports. In Idaho 90 per cent, of the ministers of the co-operating churches were in attendance; in Arizona 75 per cent, of the ministers were present; in the Connecticut Conference there were about 300 ministers, representing 11 de nominations; in New Mexico 85 per cent, of the ministers attended, representing four dif ferent races; in Iowa 1,275 ministers were registered; in Pennsylvania there were 1,700, representing 31 denominations and coming from every county in the State; in Wisconsin there were 700 representing nearly every city, town and county in the State; in Nebraska there were 750 or about three-fourths of all the Protestant ministers of the State; in Vir ginia 600 were* in the conference, representing 16 denominations. The striking thing about these conferences is that every one of them, except one, is reported to have passed unani mously resolutions endorsing the Interchurch World Movement. The one exception is a con ference of which the report says nothing about resolutions being presented, as the report cov ered only the first day's session. But it said that a "splendid enthusiasm and fine spirit" was shown by all those who were in attendance. No such gatherings of ministers, where such large numbers representing so many denomi nations, have ever been held in the history of the world. And it is very significant that there was such unanimity of opinion among them all. + + + LABORING men are sometimes said to be drifting away from religion and God. We have never believed that this was true of the great bulk of the laboring men of this country. Many of them are earnest, active Christians. We know a number of large strong churches made up entirely of laboring people and their families. The Lutheran brings us some news on this subject that is interesting and gratify ing. It says: "Here is something startingly new. An organisation of wage earners in the Wheeling, W. Va., district, with W. H. Colvig as the mover, puts itself on record as accepting Christ and His teachings* as decisive :in all industrial disputes. It passed the following resolutions: 'Be it hereby resolved that we, the duly elected delegates representing all of tbe organized crafts in the Wheeling district, do hereby unanimously declare it to be our belief that the teachings of Christ constitute a platform upon which all men can agree. 'Sec ond, That we believe they can be applied to the industrial problem. 'Third, That we will co operate with those who will join with us in an earnest endeavor to apply His teachings in the Wheeling district. 'Fourth, As further evi dence of our sincerity we have duly appointed a committee of three to confer and decide what methods shall be pursued.' Here's a challenge to capital. Will capital accept it? But then may come the battle over interpretation. Would Christ really be allowed to decide ? But it is a step in the right direction." + + + IRISH Presbyterians seem to move slowly, but they move with force when they get started. It seems that during all the war period very little has been done to increase the salaries of their ministers, and many of these salaries seem to have been below the living point, even in pre-war times. But- now the Church seems to have been aroused. A special meeting of the General Assembly was recently held just to consider the question of increasing these salaries. The Assembly urged the churches to double the salaries paid their pastors, and the need of doing this was shown in the statement that living expenses had more than doubled. One of the recommendations was that no salary should be less than two hundred and fifty pounds. Nothing could show the need of the increase nnore than that statement. It shows that some salaries were not more than one hun dred arid twenty-five pounds. In our money at normal times that would be $(525, but at the present value of the pound it Would be only about $500. Considering the present values, that would mean about $250 in pre-war times. Steps were taken in the Assembly to have this matter presented in every church. It is put largely into the hands of laymen, where it properly belongs. They say there is no doubt that the churches will willingly respond to the Assembly's suggestion. One of the facts brought out in the discussion w:as that practically none of the churches use the weekly contribution plan for collections. This was urged as a great help in the solution of the financial problems. The practice of the churches in this country and in Canada were cited to prove its value. The proposition seemed to meet with favor. The weekly offerings and the every member canvass properly planned and worked will solve most of the Church problems. ?j. * 4 CONGREGATIONALISTS have r a is e d $5,000,000 for their Ministerial Relief Fund, the amount they set out to raise, though two months more of their campaign time are left. It is expected that at least another mill ion will be added before the campaign closes. Then this fund is to have an additional $2,000, 000 more in the $50,000,000 budget which the Church will undertake to raise under the Inter Church World Movement plan. This will enable them to take better care of their dependent ministers than almost any other Church. It is earnestly hoped that our Church will soon increase its funds to at least $2,000, 000, so that the veterans may be properly taken care of. KOREA is receiving some of the reforms promised by Japan. Japanese school mas ters, judges, civil servants and publicity of ficials no longer wear uniforms and swords. Much government red tape has been removed and discrimination between the two nationali ties is decreasing. Eighteen Koreans have been appointed school principals, a position formerly held only by Japanese. The ordinance requir ing the use of only the Japanese language, and forbiding the reading of the Bible or holding any religious service in the schools has been re pealed. It is now required that either English, French or German shall be taught for at least live hours a week in all the schools. Other re forms promised immediately are freedom . of press and speech, the abolition of flogging, and granting the administration of local affairs "at some opportune time in the future." One trou ble still remains, howevery and that is that the Japanese officials either cannot or will not con trol the police force so as to give the Koreans the full benefit of these reforms. _? + ? + SOUTHERN Methodists are our nearest neighbors in our mission work in the Congo. Our missionaries were able to give them great assistance in founding their mission. A part of the money raised in their Centenary Campaign is to be used in enlarging and strengthening their, work in that field. They have bought a 3,000 acre farm, for which they paid $15,000, and one which they will spend $75,000 in buildings and equipment. This is to be one of six proposed industrial institutes for the training of young Africans. They will bj modeled after Hampton and Tuskegee In stitutes. + + + MINISTERS and ministers' sons are com ing to their own in the estimation of the business world in a remarkable way. Roger Babson, the noted statistician is quoted as say ing: "The business and other institutions of this country are run by not more than 2 per cent, of those connected with them, and would fail if these 2 per cent, were withdrawn. Of these 2 per cent., 4 per cent, are the sons of bankers, eight of business men, twenty-five of educators and thirty of preachers." The Globe Democrat comments upon these figures as in this way: "The greatness of the United States as a nation is founded upon the high moral character and ideals of her citizens, and to create and sustain this no other class has con tributed so much, either by precept or by the home training of their own children, as those who minister in our pulpits to our people of all faiths. One of the great dangers to national life is the absence of this moral training in so large a number of homes and the absence of real homes in the lives of so many of our boys and girls." This looks like it would be a good business policy for the business men to see that ministers aro provided with salaries that will enable them to do their best work and to give more of their sons the education that will fit them for their best work.