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RELIGIOUS THOUGHT AND ACTIVITY.
A Munificent During the last week in Will. November, a meeting in
memory of the late Mr. John Stuart Kennedy, the New York banker, was held in the United Charities Building of that city. By his will some sixty American institutions and organizations, representing religion, art, education, and hospitals, benefited by the colossal sum of nearly $30,000,000.
Baptist The first Baptist Confcr
Conference on ence on City Missions was City Missions, recently held at Cleveland, O. Rev. C\ H. Sears of New York, superintendent of city missions, was presiding officer of the conference. The programme was informal and comprehensive. The first session was devoted to reports of work in various cities, which gave a general survey of methods and scope in these places. An important feature of the conference was a session devoted to informal conversation, with representatives of the different societies present. The whole conference was characterized by breadth of outlook and appreciation of the wide significance of the problem of the city. Several discussions took place, bringing out many important needs, among them the developing of a more adequate supply of trained workers speaking the language of the various nationalities, a better and more easily obtainable literature in the language of the foreign population, a competent and trustworthy man representing each nationality to furnish to the Publication Society a reliable catalogue of the literature needed in his own language, a more adequate force of trained workers to man the downtown church, and a more comprehensive term to Indicate what is meant by city missions.
Mildmay The work of the London
Mission Mildmay Mission to the Jews,
to the Jews, founded in 1876 by the late Samuel H. Wilkinson, includes medical work, which deals with sonic 28,000 attendants every year, sewing and various classes for women and girls, and other gatherings of men, women and children, totaling annually some 75,000.
The institutions of the Mission consist of a Home for Jewish children, a Convalescent Home for Jewesses, and a Home for Young Christian Jews. About seventy workers carry on this evangelizing agency. The expenses, which include purchase of Scriptures, transport, upkeep and hire of buildings and halls, buying of drugs and instruments, printing of tracts and publications and support of workers, average £40 daily.
In Russia the Mission has a large and growing gospel work, embracing public meetings, Bible depots and extensive missionary journeys carried on by eight men and two women workers. In Germany one worker is employed, and on the north coast of Africa work has been begun in Tangier by Dr. and Mrs. Goldstein, who dealt with more than 7500 cases during the first year.
Laymen's The national campaign of
Missionary the La>nun's Missionary MoveCampaign, ment, which began October 16 with a most successful meeting at Buffalo, was followed by large gatherings at Cleveland, O., Richmond, Va., and Worcester, Mass., during the same month. In all these places a large increase in offerings for foreign missions was pledged: Buffalo rose from $38,000 to $100,000. Cleveland from $53,000 to $160,000. Richmond fiom $Vi.im0 to $.10,000, and Worcester from $15,011 to $25,000.
The various conventions held during November I egan with that in New York City. which was attended by laymen from many parts of the country. Following this, large meetings were held in Providence, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Reading, Pa. The response and enthusiasm exhibited in each meeting was encouraging, as also the increase of gifts to missions. Providence agreed to raise $50.000 during the \e.ir. Washington $113,000, r.altiniure SU^Om, and Philadelphia $425,[XX).
Among the principal speakers in the different cities wire: Riv. Drs. Barber of the Baptist Board. J. P. Jones of India, Robbins of the Philippines, Kubank, F. L. Pott and A. P. Parker of China, John IVmglas Adam of Fast Orange, N. J., David J. Burrcll oi New York. W. W. White of Bible Teachers Training School in New York. R Hartley, C. I. Goodell, S. M. Zwemer of Aral'a. J. F. Carson, A. T. Pierson, S. Fdward Young, Charles Stelzle, C. L. Patten. F. P. Haggard. W. B. Anderson, Messrs. J. Campbell White, secretary of the Campaign Movement. Robert E. Speer, George Wharton Pepper. Marshall Hudson, founder of the Baraca Bible classes. Hugh R. Munro. vice president of the Niagara Lithograph Company, Andrew Stevenson of Chicago, C. G. Trumbull of the Sunday School Times William Ridgwav, Joseph A. Richards, William Phillips Hall. Don Shelton, D. L. Pierson of the Missionary Review, Silas McBee. editor of The Churchman. G. Sherwood Fddy of India, and G. E. T. Stevenson of the I'ir^inia. Col. Halford, Hon. S. B. Capen, and Dr. Wilfred Grenfell.
The Brotherhood At the twenty-fourth of Saint Andrew Annual Convention of Convention. the Brotherhood of Saint
Andrew—which is the official men's organization of the Protestant Episcopal Church—held in Providence, R. I., October 13-17, the attendance exceeded 900. President Robert R. Gardiner of Maine, who was not able to be present on account of illness, was re-elected president of the national organization another year. In his absence the sessions were presided over by Mr. Courtney Barber of Chicago.
As in many recent conventions of Christian men in America, the boy problem seemed the most impressive and arousing theme on the programme, and the delegates heard a stirring address by President G. Stanley Hall of Clark University on "The Consecration of Boyhood."
The devotional addresses of Dr. Floyd W. Tomkins and Mr. George Wharton Pepper, both of Philadelphia, gave a high spiritual note to the meetings.
Noon mass meetings for men were held each day during the convention in the city opera house.
A corporate communion service on the closing day brought together 850 men.
The general organization has added 189 active chapters during the year.
Massachusetts The twentieth interdeSunday School nominational conference of Association. the Massachusetts Sunday School Association convened in Boston from November 11 to 14. Over 2,200 delegates were present, representing 369,642 scholars in the several evangelical schools of the state. The exercises were held in various churches of the city. Among the speakers were Rev. Drs. Cortland Myers of Boston, Edward Blake of Chicago, Franklin McElfresh, A. F. Schauffler, Robert F. Y. Pierce, Gov. George H. Utter of Rhode Island, ex-Governor Bates, President Smith of the Association, Dean Hodges of the Episcopal Theological School of Cambridge, Hamilton S. Conant and many others. Denominational meetings, which constituted the first session of the convention, were in charge of the various leaders of their own denomination.
Over 2,000 were in attendance at the women's meeting, conducted by Mrs. George W. Coleman. Addresses were given by Miss Nannie Lee Frayser and Miss Margaret Slattcry.
A noticeable feature of the convention was a procession of some 4,000 men, representing the men's Bible classes of the Association.
Mr. Hamilton S. Conant, general secretary of the Massachusetts Sunday School Association, reported that 8,547 Sunday school scholars were received into the church during 1908, and that the attendance at Sunday school increased over 5,000.
Woman's Board One hundred and four of Missions of delegates, representing fifthe Interior. teen states, were present
at the annual meeting of the Woman's Board of Missions of the Interior, held in Chicago, October 26-28. In all about one thousand women were in attendance during the conference, which, it is believed, will greatly widen the scope of the work of the organization.
Addresses were made by seven women missionaries from China, India and Turkey, who described the opportunities and expectations of the missionary movement in those lands: Mrs. W. S. Ament of Peking, China; Miss Anna L. Millard of Bombay, India; and Misses Susan W. Orvis, Agnes Fenenga, Mary Webb, Myrtle Foote, and Cora May Welpton of Turkey.
One of the most interesting sessions was that in which Mrs. Lyman Baird, Mrs. S. E. Hurlbut, and Miss M. D. Wingate, who have recently visited the missions of the Board, described the work which they had seen when abroad.
Urgent appeals were made at nearly every session for more young women of education and religious conviction to enter this work of women for women in foreign lands.
A New Gospel A very valuable feature
Hall in Harlem, of the work of the National Bible Institute of New York City is the opening of Gospel Halls in neglected sections of the metropolis. Rather more than a year ago a rescue mission known as the "Mission of the Living Waters" was started through its efforts. And on Sunday, November 21, a new hall in Harlem, in the center of a crowded population, was opened. In both these places gospel meetings are held every night in the year.
Board of Home A serious finan
Missions and cial problem con
Church Extension fronted the General
of the M. E. Church. Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension of the Methodist Episcopal Church which met in Wilkesbarre, Pa., November 5-8. This was a total deficit of $301,947, and that in the face of an increase of $40,000 in gifts from the church and a decrease of $15,000 in administrative expenses.
The following financial plan for the year was adopted:
1. Appropriations to conferences amounting to $569,425 were divided among various classes of work as follows: cities, $53,748; English (white). $258,456; colored. $40,176; Indian, $7,943; deaf mute, $2,472; foreign-speaking, $206,630.
Z. Appropriations to home missions, $20,000; church extension work, $50,000; special funds and gifts, $30,000—a total of $100,000.
Opening of New A week of special serBowery Mission, vices (November 7 to 14) inaugurated the opening of the new Bowery Mission in New York City. The exercises brought together ministers of various denominations, philanthropists, personal workers, and hundreds of men to whom the Mission has meant the beginning of a new life. Every night the hall was thronged and several well-known ministers spoke.
The Bowery Mission was founded in 1879 by Rev. and Mrs. A. Ruliffson, and in 1895 was taken in charge by The Christian Herald, and incorporated in 1897. Dr. Louis Klopsch is the president, J. G. Hallimond, superintendent, and Mrs. Sarah J. Bird, the "Mother of Bowery Men."
The work of the mission is most extensive, including the following activities: Rescue of men, assistance of poor families, establishment of the well-known "bread line," which in winter often feeds from 2,000 to 2,500 men each night, and a labor bureau for the unemployed.
The new building is one of the finest in the world, a model of order, beauty and cleanliness, and has been planned to meet not only present needs, but more extensive work in the future.
The New Bowekv Mission. By courier of the Christian Herald.
To Fight Against To aid in the fight the White Plague against tuberculosis in in New York— New York City four
model six-story tenements with roof gardens, open air balconies and other distinctive features are soon to be erected on the East Side. The cost of the buildings, estimated at $b50,000, is the gift of VV. K. Vanderbilt.
—and in A National Tuberculosis
New Jersey. Preventorium for children has been recently established through the generosity of a number of wealthy philanthropists in New Jersey. Nathan Straus has given the Geveland Cottage at Lakewood, N. J., and a majority of stock in the Lakewood Hotel for the use of tenement children infected with tuberculosis. Many others have made substantial gifts towards the proposed endowment of $1,000,000, which will permit the payment of all expenses for 400 children.
Baptist Congress The Atonement, larger in New York. liberty in polity and
membership, pragmatism in religion and socialism in methods and aims—the subjects now most prominent in Baptist circles—were among the topics discussed at the Baptist Congress held in New York City, November 9-11. The attendance though small was representative, many wellknown ministers and professional men taking part. The addresses showed careful preparation and well-digested thought. The special characteristic of this congress as compared with preceding sessions was the great preponderance of conservative views in the addresses. From this it would appear that conservatism is a waxing rather than a waning force.
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Baptist nue Baptist Church,
Church New York City, of
Building which Rev. Giarles
Y. M. C. A. In a recent letter
Ayres. Christian Associ
ation in Buenos Ayres we have received an encouraging report of the progress of the work of the Association in that city. Although the present premises are plain and limited, an intelligent interest and support is accorded the work by its more than 900 members. Already a new building is being planned and the facilities will be increased to accommodate a large number. But not only has the Association had material prosperity. What is of special interest is the spirituality which has characterized the effort of the past year. A real work of grace has been going on and there have been numerous conversions. Among those who have been .working in connection with the Association at Buenos Ayres is the Rev. John T. Kerrin, late of Jamestown, N. Y., whose Bible lectures at Northfield last summer were greatly appreciated.
The Woman's held its Fifteenth An
National Sabbath nual Meeting in the Alliance Madison Avenue M. E.
Church, New York City, November 22. The pastor, Rev. Wallace MacMullen, D. D., conducted the opening services and gave an address of welcome and encouragement.
Reports from auxiliaries were fieard with much interest, and activity and growth in the Alliance itself were evidenced by enlarged membership and gifts and three new organizations. Plans for new work on a larger scale were proposed.
Rev. A. Edwin Keigwin, D. D., made the address of the day, expressing the opinion that mankind is more open to moral and religious influence than ever before.
Election of officers followed. Twenty directors were chosen and Mrs. Don O. Shelton elected president, Mrs. Frank R. van Nest treasurer, and Miss Catherine Murray corresponding secretary.
Anniversary The year 1909 marked Days at three dates in connection with
McCormick the history of McCormick Seminary. Seminary: the hundredth anniversary of the birth of its founder, the eightieth of its establishment at Hanover, Ind., and the fiftieth of its removal to Chicago.
The first session of the celebration, November 1 and 2, commemorated the life and work of Cyrus H. McCormick. Several ministers and professional men delivered addresses appropriate to the occasion, and alumni and guests from other seminaries, colleges and universities were present to convey academic greeting to McCormick.
The Prussian which is the American exChurch in tension of the state church America, of Prussia, held its quadrennial meeting in Burlington, Iowa. The synod took very decided interest in the work of the Federal Council of Churches, and heard with sympathetic interest the report of its principal delegate
to the Philadelphia convention of last winter, Rev. J. U. Schneider. The idea of dismissing public schools on Wednesday afternoons for religious instruction of the children by their respective pastors was endorsed, but at the same time the synod urged all its congregations to maintain parochial schools. Steps were taken to enlarge the English literature of the denomination. Dr. A. E Dahlman of Buffalo presented fraternal greetings from the German Reformed Church, which in Germany has historical affiliations with the Prussian Church.—In tenor.
State The Third Church of
Congregational Torrington, Conn., enterConference of tained the annual State Connecticut. Congregational Conference from November 9 to 11. The Connecticut Missionary Society had charge of the programme. Among the topics treated were: "The Old Soldiers of the Cross," "The Society's Responsibility for and Oversight of the Aided Churches," "A Perspective of the Possibilities of Connecticut Congregationalism," "John Calvin," "Permanent Elements of the Christian Faith," "The Doctrine of the Bible," "The Deity of Christ," "The Business of the Church," "The Attitude of Ministers and Churches Toward the Industrial Movements of the Day," "The Mission of the Church in Reaching the Uninterested," and "Evangelism." Several men well known in the state were among those who delivered addresses.
A New Building is to be erected, the corfor the South ner stone of which was Dutch Reformed recently laid. A new site Church in has been chosen in a
New York City growing section of the city—the corner of Park Avenue and 85th Street. This, it is believed, will greatly extend the field of work of the Old South Church, giving it ampler opportunity for service than is possible with its present location on Madison Avenue and 38th Street.
Pensions for The $500,000 pension fund Methodist for deaconesses serving in Deaconesses, the Methodist Church— started some months ago by Mr. N. W. Harris of Chicago, with $100,000—has been increased by a gift of $10,000 from Rev. and Mrs. Jacob Mills of Helena, Mont.
Y. M. C. A. Boys' "Spirit. Mind and CharConference at acter," "How to Do it," Shelburae Falls, "Cut it Out," "The Boys Mass. Themselves," "Responsi
bility of Leadership," "100,000 Boys," "Loyalty," and "The Call of the Country" were the subjects of the addresses delivered at the First Annual Boys' Conference of the Young Men's Christian