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grounded, were so inwrought in her character as to become manifest in her life, which was eminently one of self-forgetfulness. As a consistent member of the New Church, looking to the Lord Jesus Christ as the Giver of all good, and earnestly seeking out what was good in every one, she won in a marked manner the affection and esteem of a wide circle. Thus indissolubly conjoined with those whom here she loved, she draws nearer to lead them to that real world which is now her home. Many kind evidences of sympathy and respect were shown at the funeral, which was attended by the Dean of Waterford and the leading citizens. The service was read by the Rev. R. J. S. Devenish, who with great consideration offered to omit any portion of the same which might not agree with the family's religious views.
views he thought mistaken, and gave them reasons for thinking so, and for advancing his own in their stead. His manner was genial and open, and secured for him a favourable impression with almost all he came in contact with, whilst those who cultivated his acquaintance found him a good friend. In his returns of partial consciousness he manifested his thoughtful regard for others by kind inquiries after them; and in one of the latest, with a recollection of his old pleasures, gave the assurance that he was "going home to preach." On the morning of Sunday, July 13th, Mr. W. A. Presland delivered a discourse on Rev. xiv. 13, wherein he alluded to the removal of one whom all would have missed from the place he occupied with such regularity. He pointed out the true nature of what we call death, as being the means whereby man is introduced to the immeasurably higher joys of At Brighton, on the 15th June 1879, the immortal life, and urged the necessity Miss Hannah Castle, sister of the late for a calm resignation to those dispensations Mrs. Gibson whose obituary appeared in which, if painful to us as beings of time,. the Repository of May 1876. Like are in reality the greatest of blessings to us as eternal beings. Death was not the result of man's sinfulness, but the preeminent proof of the Divine Goodness, which by it releases us from a world of labours into one where all the works we have well done and have loved do follow us, and perfect rest from sorrow and temptation is the eternal reward.
On June 13th, Emily, the beloved wife of Mr Andrew Horn of Waterford, passed into the spiritual world, aged thirty-three years. The principles of the New Church, in which Mrs. Andrew Horn was carefully
her departed sister, she was for many years connected with the Nottingham Society, in whose prosperity she always rejoiced. Her life was gentle, quiet, and retiring, and death found her submissive and prepared-anxious, indeed, to depart and join her relations on "the other side." She has left one behind to mourn her loss and to remember her many amiable qualities of heart-a sister, who rejoices in the strongest assurance that she has gone where "there shall be no more pain," and where "God will wipe away every tear.” J. D. B.
THE GENERAL CONFERENCE.
THE Conference which we last month spoke of as approaching is now past. Our anticipations of its character and results have been realized. The largest Conference which has ever been held, it has been, perhaps, the pleasantest and most useful. If it has not been the most harmonious, it has been the most harmonizing. Others may have equalled it in the pervading tone of brotherly love, but none have surpassed it in the characteristics of true charity. True charity does not require that all shall think alike on every subject, but that all shall be ready to change or modify their individual opinions when the light which discussion evolves shows a truer and better way than any or many had been able to see for themselves. This is a characteristic which we think we may claim for the members of the New Church. It is a result of their principles. These combine the utmost liberty with the largest charity. They teach that harmony is not produced by uniformity but by variety. In any measure which a deliberative assembly adopts there must of course be a majority of concordant voices; but on all important questions the members of the New Church aim at something more than this; and in our Conference they seldom fail to arrive at a near approach to unanimity if they do not always reach this desirable result. In this respect the session of our ecclesiastical parliament which has just closed has honourably distinguished itself.
The Conference was again favoured with the presence of several of our American brethren. The Rev. Chauncey Giles, the president of
the Convention, appeared as the messenger of the Western Church, and delivered, in graceful and affectionate terms, the greeting of the brethren on the other side, to the brethren on this side, of the Atlantic. Besides the president, we had two members of the Convention, the Rev. J. Goddard and the Rev. F. H. Hemperley, as well as the Rev. W. H. Benade, who has been for some time in Europe.
The business which the ministers and representatives of our Societies come together to transact is for the greater part concerned with what may be called the secularities of the Church, providing and applying the pecuniary means of carrying out the higher uses of teaching and preaching. These uses include more than supplying the wants of ministers and teachers. Ministers require churches, teachers require schools. Many of our Societies are too small or too poor to provide either of these without help. Hence our Ministers' Aid and our Augmentation Funds, and hence our School Union and Building Funds. And that our Societies may be supplied with competent ministers we provide for the education of young men for the ministry. That those who labour in a vocation that gives little opportunity of providing for the future may have no cause of anxiety for the morrow, we have also a fund for aged ministers and their widows. In all these respects ours is relatively the day of small things. We have, in our small way, considerable funded property, arising from gifts and bequests, while very liberal contributions are made to the Augmentation Fund, and an appeal for help where it is needed never fails to meet with a hearty response. We have therefore not only no seeming cause to murmur against, but great reason to be thankful to, the good providence of the Lord, who has been with His Church hitherto in her wilderness state, in which she has endured some trials but has enjoyed many blessings, and who will never forsake her, but will provide what is most suitable to her state and most conducive to her true welfare.
There are other requirements besides the means and agencies we have mentioned for the stability, growth, and prosperity of the Church. The true growth of a Church is growth in piety and holiness. A Church may be deficient or even destitute of these and may yet appear stable and prosperous. She may be rich and well regulated, and may be so inspired with a missionary zeal as to compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and yet be spiritually dead. There may be the signs of piety and holiness without these essential elements of religion themselves. The form of godliness may exist without the power. But may the power exist without the form? We are told that the Church is in a state of consummation when its worship
which is a general name for religion-is external without being internal, a body without a soul. Perhaps the tendency of a true and living Church in its commencement is to attend too little to the form, on the ground that the power, being the essential, may exist without a very scrupulous attention to the formal. The importance that in a declining or consummated Church is attached to piety has a tendency to produce what is called reaction, and induce the members of a true Church to attach to it less importance than it deserves. We venture to think that this is to some extent an error to which the members of the New Church are liable to yield. We do not believe they are in any danger of trusting in faith alone. They are fully alive to the importance, nay, to the indispensable necessity, of a life in accordance with the ten commandments. They know that if they would enter into life they must keep the commandments. But they are not, we think, sufficiently alive to the duty and utility of complying with the requirements of the ceremonial law. This is a matter which has engaged the attention of the Conference, and to which they have endeavoured to draw the attention of the Church. They desire to see the members of the Church walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the law blameless. Among the ordinances which it is the duty of the Christian to observe is the sacred solemnity of the Lord's Supper. Perhaps one of the reasons why this holy ordinance is less observed than it should be in our Societies has arisen from the circumstance that many of them have had small beginnings, and have been for years without a minister by whom it might be administered. Some few of them are in this condition still. An effort has been several times made to provide for Societies so circumstanced, that they might receive periodical visits from the nearest minister, and have the advantage of his services in dispensing to them sacraments of Baptism and the Holy Supper. The National Missionary does much to supply this want, but something more is needed. Besides what efforts and arrangements the Conference has made, ministers and Societies may effect a good deal themselves, and we hope the distribution of good may be extended in this direction. Societies who have settled ministers may feel it a privation to lose their services, but they should also think of the great pleasure and benefit they give to their less favourably circumstanced brethren in sending a messenger of good tidings and comfort among them. We hear occasionally of Societies languishing, and even now and again of one dying out. Is it ever for want of brotherly aid? There may be cases in which extraneous aid might fail to prevent these unhappy circumstances, but no case should be allowed to go on towards such a consummation without a steady
effort being made to prevent it. It is much more easy to preserve than to restore; and it is to be hoped that we may earnestly strive to help our feebler Societies, and see that, so far as depends upon us, the bruised reed shall not be broken and the smoking flax shall not be quenched. While we make large efforts to help our more prosperous Societies to maintain ministers, let our less prosperous Societies receive a larger share of our attention and care, and, as far as possible, let them participate in the good fortune of their wealthier neighbours. It might be well for the Societies themselves which receive grants from Conference to consider whether it may not enable them to extend a helping hand to some Society near them which is not yet in a condition to receive the aid which the sustentation fund is ready to supply. EDITOR.
ADDRESS FROM THE GENERAL CONFERENCE ASSEMBLED AT KENSINGTON TO THE MEMBERS OF THE NEW CHURCH IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, AUGUST 1879. DEAR BRETHREN,-I am permitted to address you in the name of the Seventy-second General Conference. I do so with the more pleasure because there is one thing which seems to me to need to be frequently and specially referred to at the present time. I mean the doctrine of the Lord. The doctrines of the Church are many. They are all important. There is not one which has not some power to strengthen and to bless the world. There is not one which we ought to be willing to leave either unstudied or untaught. Not only every minister but every member of every Society should aim to be, in his own way, both student and teacher of every doctrine of the New Jerusalem. The system of truth which has been committed to our care has come, out of heaven, from God. It is in very deed Divine, and therefore in the highest sense human, human in substance, but therefore human also in form. And that form is mutilated, so far as we are concerned, whenever we take a part rather than the whole, whenever we choose some things and reject others. But because this Divine system is in the human form, some of its doctrines must stand above others. Some must be in the place of hands and feet, others in the place of arms and legs, others in the place of heart and lungs, and others in the place of the all-controlling head. The whole of that form, unmutilated, we need to possess, to look upon, to be familiar with. But especially do we need to be intimately familiar with the glancing, speaking, heart-revealing face. That face we can find only in the doctrine of the Lord. The doctrine of the Lord is the glorious beaming, speaking