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They Will Meet in International Gathering in London Next Month. Origin, Aims and Objects of the Council as Stated by the. Leaders. Prominent Ameriea Representatives Who Will Be Present-Some Papers That Will Be Bead. !Written for Tic SYxma INDKPENDENc'T. 1 Oongregationalism is distinguished by its Solicy rather than by its doctrines. It maintains she autonomy of its churches. Each has sovereign jurisdiction of its af fairs. and its acts cannot be reviewed by any ecclesiastical body whatever. Despite this independence, however, there is an in terdependence of the churches established by comity and mutual interest. Counoils are frequently held for various purposes. Sometimes an individual church, perplexed or embarrassed by a question of discipline or expediency, issues a call to "sister churches" (usually of its own vicinity) who, by delegates, convene with its representa tives in an advisory relation. The like spirit of fraternity-and not ecclesiastical requirement-leads to the recognition by councils of Congregational churches when first organized, and suggested to the indi vidual church the invitation commonly ex tended to others to share with it the respon sibility of ordaining a candidate to the Christian ministry. The most important councils of the denomination, however, are those that meet for fraternal conference on matters affecting Christian doctrine and upon all such as are vital to the extension of Congregationalism throughout the world. These latter have now taken on an inter national character, and are composed of representatives from Congregational churches in all parts of Christendom. The next gathering of this kind will be held in Lendon, England, July 12. In view of the marked perturbatians in theological thought and the eagerness with which mooted modifications of dogma are now discussed, it is likely to be and of the most memorable in the history of congrega tionalism. and in any event, will exert an important influence on the opinion of the time. Its discussions will be eagerly fol lowed in this country, where the debate is warmest on the questions of inspiration and eschatology, than which none, apart from that of the Divine existence, has so fascinating and momentous interest for mankind. There is special reason, also, why universal attention should be fixed on the forthcoming council. The large liberty that has been claimed by and accorded to Congregational theologians makes their as semblies open forums, hospitable to new thought and tolerant of innovation in a oe gree that other evangelical bodies are not. It is pretty certain, therefore, that we shall have the vary latest word of advanced criti cism and of the new theology promulgated next month in London. The desire to forecast for public infor mation the proceedince of a council so im portent led the writer to enter into com manioation with prominent delegates from this country to some of whom important topics have been assigned. Their views, as outlined in this correspondence, he en deavors faithfully to reproduce. The council will be presided over by the Rev. B. W. Dale. LL D., of Birmingham, one of the ablest and most popular clergy men in Great Britain, and one who, I un derstand, abhors the title of "Rev.," stipu lating when he is announced to lecture or speak that it be not used. Hence the ad vertisements: "R. W. Dale, Esq., will preach, etc." Dr. Dale is idolized by the workingmen of Birmingham, and has im monse popular influence in England. He is an out and out optimist and tells his R. W. DALE. young men that the hist way to be hapum end hive to old age is "not to worry and to be well forward with on a ward." '1 he United States will be rieiresented in the council by about 10) dlr wrates. The tier. thenr-i Hazen of ihii-ton, Secretary of the national council of ('ongregatiunalI churches, writes that "our Azercican sp'atk erg will have the post of Iici, :r in tha council sermon, which will be deliveped by Dr. Edward 1'. Goodwin of ('hicagi. Con tinuing, he names as other areatkera "promsaed or fully expected:" Htes. N. Joentou, Bost in, Mass.; A. If. Iiiadford, D. P., Montclair, N. J.; James Brand D. D., Oberlin, O.; N. P. (lark. 1). D., Boston; Richard Cordley, D. D.. Liaw.eroe. Has.; A. E. iDunninu, D. D., Boston; Professer F. W. Fisk, 1). t)., Chicago, Ill.: 1l. M. Ftl lerton. Waltham, Ma-s.; Washington Glid den, D. D.. Columbue, ).; Arthur Little, D. D., Boston; John K. McLean, 1). 1., Oakland, Cal.; William It. Moore, iiatt ford, Coon.; 'nosident Cvrus W. Northrop, LL. D, Minneapolis. Minn.: A. I1. Quint, D. D., Boston; A. H. hors, 1). D.. Port Hu ron, Mich.; Prof. L. I' t ). I., An gor, Me.; Henry A. Stimt on, 1). 1)., Stit Louis, Mo.: William M. 'Iaylor, New York; Prof. Wilitean J. lTcker, 1). I)., Andover, Mass.; Edwin L'. Webb., 1. D., Wolbialy, Mass.; Hun. James W. Patterson, flunover, N. It. Dr. laz:n sars the council will deliber ate on the "grave que1ltioni sflicting the church of ('rist which are at present in de bati througho ut chriaterid in, and will confer on niutth. s which special y concern the Conuregatsonal churche-." 'I th tpi to be discussed, he adds. are grouped un der four heide: 1. ('ongregitioniliani, Domestic, i. e., in its own intecril workiig forces, such 115 Sunday ochtole, young ico ple's societieiy tneologic'al currents of thought, crrtesiastical coun'ciis and train ing of ministers. 2. ('ongiegitional.enm in the r:atiin; hompe niisi'ii:s: ciiurch irnil state; labor and capital: teriperune: inter. national federation for tie ruinotion of peaers anl righteousnese. 3. ( ougrgi tionaliam in the church rathulle. 4. 'nii gregationaliam and the world; miiisiious in their broadest elope and claims. President Northrop, of the University oif Minnesota writer: "The propoOlition to hold this council wes presented to the last National ('ongregaitional council held in Worcester, Mase., by the Rev. Dr. Ma" K,. nall, the delegnte from the (nrgregational churches of England and Waler, and way approved by the' national council. Its aints and purpose's are to i romote cnquaintance and feliowsohip, to tIeti , what the denoeui nation is doing in the different countrirs represented, and to hear various iapers prepared upon special subjects duineird by the committee of arrangenients of sullicienit importance to ble diecused. 'the I ongre" gational churches being independent, nu council, uatirnal or titernatioiial, has nu- thority to legialate for thetm. What over tures map le tnade to other Christian bod. ieu it is impossiole now to forotell. No one I knows what subjeot. wll come up, except so far as the subjects geuigned for papers l em t Franklin W. Fisk, of the Oh! pago Theological seminary, says: "My im pression is that it [tWs council] is tulled together mainly for confe:ence as to the beat means and methods of promoti the kingdom of Christ on earth. It 1. I hooe, be lar~gely a mtissionaryý body, ct~eplyr imbued with the self-sacrificiing saint of the Master and ready to work heartily with all other Christian bodies that may show the same spirit." Dr. William M. Taylor has not accepted any place upon the programme and Inti mates that he will "most probably be a silent member throughot the sessions of the council." The Rev. A. H. Bradford, D. D.: of Mont clair, N. J., is one of the most notable young men in the congregational body. He was a warm friend of the late Henry Ward Beecher, whose pulpit he often occupied, and, at Mr. Beecher's death, he would have been exceedingly acceptable to many as his successor. He is to addreas the council on "Doctrinal Tests of Church Membership." He writes: "The council is the outgrowth of the desire for better acquaintance and co-operation among the Congregational churches of the world. Its aims and par posis are the promotion of unity of work CTRn s icORTHIRUP, FRANIKLIN Sy. FISK, D. D. among the various churches of the Congre gational order, and the consideration of subjects of vital interest to the spiritual life in the different lands from which the delegates will come. The council will be composed of one hundred delegates from England, one hundred from the United States, and one hundred from the rest of the world. 1 am not aware that any over tures to other bodies are contemplated by the committee who have the management of this council, but I think it altogether probable that some strong deliver- ] ance will be issued concerning the union of i christendom. The religious conditions in this country which will be considered will be the methods of ministerial education, ecclesiastical procedure and missionary work. It is to be remembered that this i gathering is simply in the nature of a con- t ference. and that it has no authority what ever. It will have influence so far as its t deliberations commend themselves to the churches which are represented in it." The paper Dr. Bradford has consented to read will show that doctrinal tests are not c required by most of the Protestans churches I -as the Presbyterian, Baptist and Metho- I diet. Although required in the past by t Congregational churches, they are now largely dispensed with, the majority of the a churches receiving persons to their mem bership on credible evidence of the Chris- i tian life. Many still use extended con fessions of faith as conditions of entrance. Others use the Apostles' creed. And a still larger number receive members by what is known as covenant. After this examination of facts it will be the speaker's aim to show that as church membership is the external and formal ex pression of a spiritual fact, all that can property be required of those uniting with Congregational churches is credible evi dence of the possession of that life. He will attempt to show that any different con dition is contrary both to the letter and the spirit of "Seripture," that it tends to retard spiritual growth by binding thought to c forms which are true in one age but not in another; that in many cases it tends to intellectual dishoneary, and that it also lea. is to confusion of the intellectual and spiritual in the Christian life. He will claim that if a man is a child of God be has a right to it place in the visible church of God, and that anxiety ought to be concerning the ptrsession of the spirit nal life rather than for doctrinal uniformi ty amonsf the imembr rrrrip of the churches. The 11ev. Henry A. ;itu iri son, pastor of one of the laciest of the Congregational ch' rehes in St. Louis, Mo., writes me: "The origin of the council is so fur exigent, as there is a growing feeling in our body of the need of a wider mutual acquaintance and a closer union. We have no ecclesiasti cal standing bodies or courts, therefore there will be no overtures to os from the council to the denomination. What may be made to other bodies of christians I can not anticipate, as it will probably turn up on such as may be received from them. Anything that can be said or done to bring about a closer fellowship, shall surely be done, as we have no theory of the church or fixed formula of faith that would stand in the way of the widest and promnptest fel lowships with any who love the Lord Jesus Christ. Religious conditions in this coun try will be likely to attract much attention because of the number and importance of our churches and the large relation to foreign missions. The foreign missionary question is likely to be one of the most im portant and most keenly interesting of any before the council. "My ,aver upon the claims which the churches in the newer lands have upon the interest and aid of the older churches will aim to show the validity of those claims because of the oneness of our common life and the positive contributions which the colonirl caurches are making to the com min faith. The stream of life that has atgone out from the old heath has not only retained its pristine vigor and been true to its heritage, but it has, while widely spread Sin the family name, made many and valuable contributions to the Christian inherritnc r. 'ire early interest of these youngerr churches in tire wark of missione. trolls otes aiid ferrrign, and their diettiguinteit etrcceas in their depart rineit of Chrirutian activity. their great liEV. HinrtiAR t'CORn- are, a tRiRaY IT. iRTiAt line, it. n. iORi. eurrrifiecs anid large rchievctnrents itn lire titta 'if the trrgter t'trisrtri' r'rtrietirorr per thin-i ,sriniitenrrnce litth rrf tirt frauIi rundl uta rrf tlhr Crrirererrtirrurl rirrrr .uire rr.uuncoIn nrisrrletid unaetnr'rrrrterri, wciil. recurre, trir bthri titi r'tastrn'ity' 'rnd rirt 'hicti cr r'rsentrrrl trr a fill run grrrwrinr lif', tuit('Cser'l'ir'r'u whtirh l t nntyrr cr.l liii trrrurr. Tinr'rr'leb.raurrmt rrf this insorer writlrrrrrrcrrf tir' lrrtr'ry rr;f trir errirr'. iTrelire.It r I 'irlrrrlrev , f 1mw r~e' anritrsirtrtrirrtr-frorrr tht t'itett. Itriis tier tilt It its imirt zo'i'rtrrr rrnd rIrrri tuarnl avri'rtr'r if orairtrtitrin. l1r' In e- s stru' t .r it furm .io rrr arri rtOlity toirriri iiter.er t iry th is arrjiet thrit tiri treen ii i cit ird trr ii li''trcr- : I Hrir iritiirtrrurrrrtacrtiwlrrn rtr trrirc SltI sai w i r irh't ie n isreirrr trr lirarri stia rrrri uti gevr'ir lii, Irtt I inn Nrsrr tiirtlthe irrnrt I wItl darti iin it- carer It, iri'rmurrt'trsi'rrtr''rrrrsrrf tio rrlrryrf urirrrt, astir rte iii. y 'if t the toi ntr tth. ci IL til c wririrtretie.kii the erranrywin' the ccl Ik iiuio;.. ion~i't'''uirth sinreirt t~refrrtrrcs jiith 'ltnntheisrriqu.irfdb therrlo pir''. Itiittrtingo - lbr , tie n'r' ing tticii itthidr in' and trithe I rtiter t iii tias reijrrrrltrn y the r.. of In itrsxngicttn r lt o iri. ty re, it. 'lr thoug tt will t e in wl a riathite l srrrthib g OfHirti "'ttiti 8rti thin - I iiauk ra.'i ile tin'ei iitgrlat will he Sowt' t evils of our generation. The drink stlme a stimulates the habit of drinking and ii an ever present temptation. I he aim of alire - strictiv9 laws is to lessen the tenp46tion - and reduce the evil. Nearly all @oltiuni I ties at and endeavor to restrict the taffo a are many toinmis e a stritiott restriction by license tar= woe [ strfctiol. as to localities; restriotion aa to r time, and restriction as to persons.' All f these laws imply the right to plade the i traffic under special police regnlations. I r shall insist that those regulations. witqse. justice and necessity are conceded by all, I are peculiar to this business. They are the effort of soolety to protect itself irom a, great curse, I shall further insist that most of these Iegulations involve the yrin ciple of prohibition. They do not pro IIENRY A. STINSON. REV. F. E. OLARi, D. D. hibit within certain lines. They imply the right of entire prohibition. I shall shdw that these efforts, while good as far as they. ago, fall short of the end desired, and that the ideal condition toward which Christian thought and effort should press, is prohibi tion. It is not expected that any law will certainly banish drinking or even drunk enness, but it is intended to reduce the, temptation to drink to a minimum by elim inating the public tippling houses." The Rev. P0 ancis B. Clark. D. D., enjoys the high distinction of having projected the Christiio Endeavor movement in this country, and indeed of having given im-, petus through the agency of the organiza tion crnceived by him to evangelical work throughout the world. He regardstjecoun cil as "born of the abiding necesity for fellowship, and for the inspiration that comes from a world-wide gathering of the sort." He is confident that it will do much good and be a blessing to the denomination and to the world. it is not certain that he will be able to attend the council, although he will make strenuous efforts to do so. He is now presenting the cause of the society at meetings held in Great Britain. Should his engagements admit of his presence he will speak of the providential growth of the Christian Endeavor movement and of the way in whichit has spread from one society in 1881 to nearly 15,000 societies in 1891. and to nearly, if not quite, a million members. He will dwell upon the principles of fidelity to the individual church, and of fellowship with Christians of all denominations that underlie the movement and which Lasgiven it its rapid andeubstantial growth. A view of the society's operations will also be opt lined. It has a flourishing section in Eng land, and also an Australian section where there is much enthusiasm over the cause. It has branches, besides, in all the mission ary lands. The importance of the cause;of Christian Endeavor will, therefore, insure it representation at the council, even if Dr. Clarke is necessarily absent. S. GIFFAED NELSON. How to Prevent Roughness of the Skin. During cold, dry, windy weather this nuestion agitates the mind of every lady in the land who prizes a smooth, soft skin. There is nothing more harmless and effect ive than Wisdom's Violet Oream for pre venting and eradicating the ill effects of severe weather. Try it. Only Forty Dollars to Pueblo and Return. To those desiring to attend the opening of the Colorado mineral palace at Pueblo, July 4, the Union Pacific will sell tickets at one fare for the round trip on July 1 and 2. Tickets good to return until and in cluding July 20. H. O. Wirsoy, F. & P. A., 28 North Main street. HENRY UINLElN, President AUCUST UIHLEIN, Secretary. ALFRED UHHLEIN, Superintendent. - 5 EAOR _ :1 _ _ 1 pill. 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