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AUGMENTATION FUND.-The follow- to recommend all the London Socieing report, presented to the last session ties to have collections on Sunday of the General Conference, has been sent to us by the secretary for publication in our pages:
"In submitting an account of the measures taken during the past year to promote the interests of the Augmentation Fund, the Council would urge the necessity of sustaining as far as possible the enthusiasm with which the fund was established in 1876.
"The importance of this fund can scarcely be over-estimated. It is certain that the Church cannot prosper unless it follow the laws of Divine order. When the Lord was in the world raising up a New Church, one of the first things He did was to ordain apostles and send them forth to preach the truths of His kingdom. The Lord always works according to the same laws; and when the New Church sends forth her apostles to preach the truths of the New Dispensation, she places herself within the operation of those laws, and the Lord can then bless her efforts with success. We shall then be beginning the work at the right end. To do this work efficiently, however, the Church requires thoroughly capable and educated inen, and such men cannot be obtained if the talented young men of the Church are unable to see any prospect of reasonable support in their work. Charity, moreover, manifestly requires that the stronger and richer Societies should help those which are as yet in their infancy.
"The London District Committee reports that at a meeting held in December last the advisableness of asking for collections in the London churches was duly considered; but it was decided that no steps should be taken until the finances of the Students' and Ministers' Aid Fund, which at that time showed a considerable deficit, had been placed in a sound condition.
the 10th of August, the Sunday immediately preceding the assembling of Conference, in aid of the AugmentaFund and the Students' and Ministers' Aid Fund. The proportion of such collections to be given to each fund was left to the consideration of each Society. The London friends recommend that some such plan as this should be adopted at every session of the General Conference.
"In the Midland district the prevailing depression has had the effect of preventing any further development of the efforts of the friends in behalf of the fund. The utmost that they have been able to do has been to hold the ground already gained, and to keep the object in view before the Societies, pending more prosperous times. It is satisfactory to know that the subscribers in this district have so far, in all cases, kept up the support which they had previously given to the cause. The Birmingham Society had a collection in June in aid of the branch for immediate use, and the sum of £14, 10s. 4d. was realized. The Derby Society had a collection in July in aid of the same branch, which produced the sum of £4, 1s. 6d.
"This committee suggests that a report should be drawn up and copies of the same distributed among the donors and subscribers, setting forth the whole of the amounts promised and those paid since the commencement of the movement; also showing the amount of aid already given, together with the names of the Societies assisted. Such a report, clearly yet concisely given, preceded by an address recording the general facts as to the condition of ministers and leaders in small Societies which were elicited at the preliminary inquiry, would, it is believed, go far to arouse a more general interest in the cause. Donors may be led to become also sub"A special committee, composed of scribers by having the work brought members of all the Societies in Lon- forcibly and tangibly before them; don, having been appointed to super- while many worthy members of the intend the arrangements for the meet- New Church well able to assist, but ing of Conference at Kensington, it who at present are uncertain as to was unanimously resolved at a meet- whether the mode of applying the funds ing of this committee held in July is really effective towards remedying
"In the Western district the Bath Society has had the subject under consideration, and has forwarded a contribution of £1 to the fund.
"In Yorkshire the committee has appealed to the various Societies for help in this work, and the Bradford Society has responded with a contribution of £6, 2s. 10d. taken at a collection in May last, and the Society at York has also contributed the sum of £1. It has not been found possible to hold any public meetings in reference to the
"From Scotland the committee reports that no public meetings have been held, but that collectors have been appointed in the various Societies. Glasgow has sent in reply the sum of £23, 3s., and Edinburgh has contributed £1.
Next to Kearsley the largest interest has been manifested at Radcliffe, where £22, 17s. 9d. has been contributed.
"The committee regret that this earnest action should be thus far confined to a few. The principle of an Augmen tation Fund is that of a general support. Its aim is to enlist the sympathies and to unite the endeavours of all the churches in one great effort to provide for the preaching of the Word and the orderly administration of the sacraments in the churches which are not yet able to make suitable provision for their ministers. The limiting of this effort makes the movement feeble and ineffective, and is also discouraging to those who are forward to help. The Council trust, therefore, that in the future the contributions to the fund will be more general than in the past.
RICHARD STORRY, Chairman.
"In an address on 'The Minister's Home,' delivered before the London Congregational Board of Ministers, the Rev. Henry Simon referred to some of the troubles arising to the minister from a too limited income. The following pointed remarks are worthy of note: In a large church I know,' said Mr. Simon, one fairly rich member of an inquisitive turn of mind thought one day that he should like to look into his own givings to his pastor; and he hit upon the interesting discovery that 23d. for each service on Sunday, and nothing for any other service during the week, was the precious, very precious, amount of his contributions.
The work of interesting the Church As showing the need of a more in the Lancashire district in this fund thoughtful consideration of the labours has fallen mainly to the Rev. R. Storry. of ministers, and a more liberal conThe District Committee held a meeting tribution towards their proper support, in the church in Peter Street, Manches- we give the following from the Christer, and adopted a resolution appoint- tian World:— ing the several members of the committee collectors of the fund in the Societies they represented. No marked results seem to have followed this action. The principal effort has been made at Kearsley, where from the first the fund has been heartily supported. At the request of the committee of this Society Mr. Storry visited the Society, preaching two sermons on the Sunday, when collections were made, and attending a meeting on the Monday evening, which was also addressed by the treasurer of Conference, by the Revs. Messrs. Mackereth and Tansley, and by several members of the Society. The collections on the Sunday, aided by two donations of £25 each, amounted to £60. the lowest computation it would cost The donations were for the support of him 7d. a week to have his boots an additional student, and the addi- blacked-a single pair. I must say, tional £10 was divided between these however, that he forthwith increased eminent uses. In addition to these the the amount. This is the rate of payfollowing private subscriptions were ment which some people-I do not say made for the Augmentation Fund :— all-who live in the greatest luxury pay for their education into the mys
teries of the kingdom of God. Some however, have been strained to the utfew of our brethren have enough and most in order to enable them to secure to spare; and silver teapots, busts of the best legal help for the prosecution themselves, easy chairs, study tables, of their claims before the Government trips to the Mediterranean, Egypt, Jeru- tribunals, they are very much in need salem, and Jericho, and sundry other of help from their brethren abroad. The things, are not unfrequently added to Committee on Foreign and Colonial their ample store by their admiring and Missions therefore express their earnest admirable congregations. To him that wish that the brethren in Great Britain, hath shall be given.' But the majority by their liberal contributions, will enof our brethren are simply, miserably, able them to comply with the instrucand shamefully paid; and this not tions of Conference, and send to Vienna always because the church is poor, but a tangible proof of the love and esteem because the conscience of the church is in which we hold our brethren there. not awake to its duty and privilege, or else because it is officered by men with no liberality in their bones.
COLONIAL AND FOREIGN MISSIONS. The following circular has been issued to the various New Church Societies, and we commend it to the consideration of our readers :
"DEAR SIR, -The undersigned desires to direct your attention to the following minutes passed by Conference at its last session in London :
"Minute 60. Resolved, That the Conference desires to express its heartfelt congratulations to the brethren in Vienna on the manifestation of Divine Providence in their having regained their freedom of worship, and the property of which they had been deprived by the authorities; and also that their proceedings have resulted in the same freedom which they have obtained for themselves being extended to other Christian bodies. The Conference instructs the Committee on Foreign and Colonial Missions to raise, if possible, the sum of £30 during the ensuing year for the purpose of assisting the Rev. Herman Peisker in the exercise of his ministerial functions.
"Minute 62. Resolved, That the Conference has heard with great pleasure of the continued prosperity of the cause of the New Church in Sweden in general, and in Stockholm in particular, and it instructs the Committee on Foreign and Colonial Missions to continue their support of the Rev. A. Boyesen.
From the first of these resolutions you will see that our friends in Vienna are able again, under the leadership of their devoted minister, Mr. Peisker, to labour in the establishment of the Lord's New Church in Austria. As their resources,
As to the Rev. A. Boyesen, he continues to labour in his own indefatigable way for the spread of the doctrines of the New Church in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. In addition to his pastoral duties at Stockholm and his missionary tours through Sweden, where he meets with great success, he has finished his translation of the "True Christian Religion " into the Danish language, and is now engaged in translating the "Apocalypse Revealed" into the same language. He has also written and published a liturgy and hymn-book and a doctrinal manual for the use of the brethren in Sweden, thus giving a strong evidence of his indomitable energy in the spread of the Lord's New Church. As he has a large family to provide for in the expensive town of Stockholm, and as the support which the friends in Stockholm are able to give to him is inadequate for his daily wants, the Committee of Foreign and Colonial Missions earnestly hope that you will help them to raise the sum of £30, which they resolved to endeavour to raise for Mr. Boyesen.
At the last meeting of the committee a letter was read from the Rev. A. Schiwek, who has collected the first Polish New Church Society in Movethen, East Prussia, and who is also ministering to a German Society in the same place. His German Society numbers thirty-one, and his Polish Society eleven communicants. The Rev. A. Schiwek has been ordained by the German New Church Conference, and receives from them assistance to the amount of £15. He received the doctrines of the New Church thirty years ago when the work on "Heaven and Hell" came into his hands. This he read over many times, believing every word which he read but as he lived in a far out-of-the-way
place he was not able to hear any more W. J. Adcock of Ipswich to be the about the doctrines of the New Church leader of the Society for the present, until 1872, when, through the assist- and at the same time to prosecute his ance of Mr. Mittnacht, the remaining studies, with a view to studentship next works of the New Church came into his year. This arrangement seems to be a hands. Soon afterwards, filled with the satisfactory one. The Society at Lowesspirit of the New Church, he resolved toft is at present without a minister, to give up his office of schoolmaster, but has invited the Rev. John Elstob and to devote himself to the spread of to preach there on Sundays, November the New Church by lecturing and col- 23rd and 30th. Mr. Gunton's visit there portage. The district in which he extended over two Sundays, and emlabours is in the eastern end of braced three lectures, all of which were Prussia, near the Russian borders, and satisfactorily attended. The following the members of the New Church are letter appeared in the Lowestoft News scattered over an area forty miles long and Observer for November 8th :and ten miles wide. Over this dis- "A course of lectures and sermons trict he constantly travels, visiting the has just been delivered in the above scattered members, and preaching at place of worship by Mr. R. Gunton of various stations. As Mr. Schiwek is London, one of the missionaries of this advanced in years he is over sixty body. The views of these people are years' old-most of his journeys he has comparatively little understood. to accomplish by waggon, travelling will, therefore, to the best of my each Sunday between fifteen and twenty ability, enunciate a few of their leading miles. As he does not derive any income principles as given in the lectures. from the two Societies, which consist The foundation and distinctive characmostly of poor people, he has to live on the produce of a patch of ground, which he tills with his own hands, and which, with his advancing age, he is unable to do without interfering largely with his ministerial work. The Committee on Foreign and Colonial Missions have resolved to assist Mr. Schiwek to the same amount which he receives from the German Conference, viz. £15, and your assistance is kindly asked to aid the committee in its endeavours to support the first New Church mission in Poland.
All of this is submitted to your friendly consideration. Any assistance which you feel inclined to send to the Foreign and Colonial Missions you will kindly address to Mr. R. Gunton, Treasurer of Conference, 205 Tufnell Park Road, London, N.-Yours in the Lord's New Church, R. L. TAFEL,
Secretary of Colonial and Foreign
teristic is their belief in the absolute unity or oneness of God. They do not say 'The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God,' and then contradict it by saying, and yet there are not three Gods, but one God;' but they say that the Lord Jesus is the manifestation of the One only God,' as Paul expresses it. 'In Him '-Jesus Christ-' dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.' Thus they unite the Old Testament with the New without confusion. They contend that 'Jehovah the Creator, the One only God, is also the Redeemer and Saviour,' as expressed in Hosea xiii. 4, 'I am Jehovah thy God; thou shalt know no God but Me, for there is no Saviour beside Me;' and in Luke i. 68,
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He hath visited and redeemed His people.' The Lord Jesus, therefore, is absolutely One with the Father, and is the manifestation of that Divine Father, as the body of a man is the NATIONAL MISSIONARY INSTITU- manifestation of the man, for the body The National Missionary is not the man. The man is the reports that since the Conference he conscious being, which loves, thinks, has visited the following places: Mel- feels, and acts; and as the body, soul, bourne, Horncastle, Brightlingsea, and spirit together make one human Lowestoft, Norwich, and Bristol. He being, so the essential Divine-the has also preached at Camden Road, Argyle Square, Dalston, Deptford, Islington, and Brixton. At Horncastle an arrangement has been made for Mr.
Father-the Divine Human-the Son—
people speak the truth so far as I have been able to compare their views with Scripture, and I intend to make myself further acquainted with them. Yours, etc., A Born Wesleyan."
SWEDENBORG SOCIETY.-Dr. John Jackson of Elk Horn, Oregon, has added to his already numerous gifts to the Society one for £100, the interest of which is to be used for general purposes. In his letter he significantly adds, "When I hear from you I will send another. It will be heard with regret that the Doctor's health is very frail, and that it is with difficulty that he is able to write.
Mr. Dadoba Pandurung of Bombay in a recent letter refers to the wide circulation the committee has given to his "Reflections in the following words: "The name of Swedenborg, which was not even heard in this country (India) two years ago, is now in the mouth of every young and old native student. Even many Europeans here say the same in their own case. only the other day that I received from a European friend of mine the enclosed scrap, which he had cut from a Madras paper.
Lord Jesus. As the Lord said, 'He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works.' The commonly received doctrine of 'Substitution,' these people say, has foundation in Scripture. The Scriptures, they say, teach that redemption is the liberation of man's spirit from the bondage of Satan and the evil influences of wicked spirits, as Luke expresses it (i. 74), ‘Being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, we might serve Him'-the Lord-'without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life;' so that they teach that redemption is the restoration to man of spiritual liberty; and salvation is through faith in the Lord, and a life according to His commandments, or through repentance-a turning away from evil-Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.' The Lord Jesus, who is 'God with us,' came not to appease the supposed wrath of some supposed other Divine Being, but to save His people from their sins.' Now the question is, Are their views true? If they are, would it not be as well for other denominaThe notice is evidently tions to teach them? What is the use sent from some missionary of another of teaching doctrines which have no denomination. I must confess I do not foundation in Scripture; and if they quite understand the purport of the are not true, why don't some of the somewhat threatening prophecy, as I ministers attend the lectures and ask take it for, with which the writer consuch questions as would show their cludes his notice of my pamphlet." The erroneousness? Then, again, they say following is an extract: "The author, the Scriptures teach that man has a who writes from the non-Christian spiritual body as well as a material standpoint with a certain pleasantness body, and that there is a spiritual and frankness of utterance, and does world as well as a material world, and not make his opinions offensive to any that the Almighty created both in the one, has covered many pages with his beginning, and that one is called thoughts of how much better Chrisheaven and the other the earth, and tianity might have been if he had had that all men who have died, which is the invention of it. The 'mild Hindu' nothing more than the separation of has often a tendency to pick out the the material body from the spiritual most diluted form of Christianity as body, still continue to live in the something that may, according to his spiritual world, having spiritual bodies, ideas of faith and morals, be tolerable just as Paul puts it, Absent from the in the East, and capable of recognition body, present with the Lord.' And as side by side with the multifarious rites the Lord shows clearly by the parable associated with the existing traditions of the Rich Man and Lazarus. They of Vedic religions. He, therefore, lived on at once-immediately-and makes an invitation to the Swedenborthey had bodies, of course, spiritual gians to enter the lists of missionary bodies; the same sort of bodies that the multitude, which no man could number, had, as seen by John, and the 144,000 which had been redeemed from the earth.
controversy with the other divisions of Christendom, each of which have, since the days of St. Francis Xavier, contended with some success against the idolatry of the Hindus. We doubt if Really, Mr. Editor, I think these the Swedenborgians, who derive a