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been invited to address the two assemblies on this subject, and that the resolutions of sympathy and interest had been so cordially adopted.
RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN PERSIA.
A letter was read from Mr. Vischer Sarasin, President of the Swiss Branch of the Alliance, giving information regarding another case of religious persecution in Persia.
THE LORD'S DAY ON THE CONTINENT.
A communication was read from one of the secretaries of the International Federation of Lord's Day Societies appealing to the Council for a grant, as it is now many years since the Alliance had given pecuniary help in this important work. It was agreed that the sum of £10 should be sent for this object.
Letters were received from Mr. E. J. Adeney, of Alexandria, with reference to the formation of a branch of the Alliance in that city. The Secretary also stated that a branch had been formed at Mauritius.
An interesting letter was received from Mr. Forsaith, the acting secretary of of the New South Wales Branch, referring to the death of the Rev. Dr. Sutherland.
VISIT TO THE CONTINENT.
MR. ARNOLD, at a recent meeting, presented to the Council a report of his recent deputation visit to the Continent.
Leaving London on November 4, he arrived at The Hague early on the 5th, where he was the guest of Count F. Van Bylandt, from whom he received a most cordial and hospitable welcome. On Monday, November 6, a goodly number of Christian friends assembled at the invitation of the Count and Countess Bylandt in their drawing-room, and the Secretary's statement regarding the world-wide work of the Evangelical Alliance was received with much interest. Many of the warm-hearted Dutch friends expressed their deep sympathy with the whole work of the Alliance, and especially with its efforts on behalf of persecuted Christians. The condition of the Stundists in Russia proved particularly to be a topic upon which all were touched, and Mr. Arnold referred to the fact that only a few months ago a sum of money had been collected at The Hague and forwarded to London towards the fund being raised by the Alliance for the relief of the suffering families of the Stundists. The result of this meeting will, it is confidently hoped, revive interest in the Evangelical Alliance in Holland.
Having to be in Berlin on the morning of the 8th, Mr. Arnold was not able to visit Amsterdam, but passed through to the German capital, arriving there on the evening of the 7th. The Conference arranged by the Berlin Committee held its sittings during two days, under the presidency of Count A. Bernstorff. Reference has already been made in another column to the Berlin meetings, which were felt by all to be useful and profitable gatherings. At the first evening gathering addresses were given by the foreign delegates-from the British Organization (Mr. Arnold), the Swiss Branch (M. Vischer-Sarasin), and the Dutch Branch (Dr. Gerth van Wyk). Mr. Arnold's address was interpreted by Count A. Bernstorff, who, in the name of the Conference, thanked the British Secretary for his visit, and the Council for deputing him.
During his stay in Berlin, Mr. Arnold had many opportunities of meeting and conferring with friends of the Alliance from various parts of Germany. Proceeding to Frankfort, where a meeting had been arranged with several Russian brethren, two days were spent in consultation regarding the whole question of religious liberty in Russia. On the evening of Sunday, November 12, the British Secretary was present at a "family gathering," in the Verheinshaus Nord Ost. Mr. de Neufville, president of the Frankfort branch of the Alliance, was in the chair, and interpreted for Mr. Arnold a brief address, which he gave at the request of the friends.
On November 14, Mr. Arnold proceeded to Wiesbaden, where Mr. and Mrs. Banfield had taken a very cordial interest in the visit of the British Secretary, and had succeeded in making arrangements for a drawing-room meeting on behalf of the
Alliance, given by H.S.H. the Princess of Schaumberg Lippe at her residence. Notwithstanding unfavourable weather, a large number of Christian ladies and gentlemen assembled in the afternoon, including the Princess herself and some of her immediate friends. Mr. Arnold presided, and, after the meeting had been opened by singing a hymn and prayer, he spoke of the principles of the Evangelical Alliance, referring specially to efforts made on behalf of religious liberty in various countries. The position of the Stundists in Russia and some of the Christians in Turkey evoked much sympathetic interest, and at the close of the address the Rev. Mr. Hanbury, the English Chaplain, in the name of the meeting, expressed hearty thanks to Mr. Arnold for his visit and for the information he had given. The meeting was closed with prayer and the Benediction by Mr. Hanbury, after which a collection was taken in aid of the funds of the Alliance, and many of those present gave their names for enrolment as members, including H.S.H. the Princess of Schaumberg Lippe.
An interesting historical coincidence should be mentioned in connexion with this meeting. Forty years ago the Council of the British Organization of the Alliance appealed to the then Prince of Schaumberg Lippe on behalf of Baptists and Methodists who were imprisoned for preaching and circulating the Bible and religious tracts in that principality. The appeal was eventually successful, and religious liberty was secured not only in Schaumberg Lippe, but also in other parts of Germany where religious intolerance had prevailed. Now, after 40 years, the Evangelical Alliance is enabled to hold a drawing-room meeting in the house of the Princess of Schaumberg Lippe, when representatives of all denominations are present, including Baptists and Methodists!"
Proceeding next to Brussels, Mr. Arnold received a warm and hospitable welcome from Pasteur and Mrs. Meyhoffer. In the evening of November 16, a public meeting of the Brussels branch of the Alliance was held in the Temple du Musée, under the presidency of the minister, Pasteur Rochedieu. There was a large attendance, and after devotional exercises, Mr. Arnold gave an address setting forth the aims and objects of the Evangelical Alliance, describing also its practical work. Pasteur Brocher acted as interpreter, and great interest was awakened by the Secretary's statement, particularly with regard to the persecutions in Russia and Turkey.
On the following evening a drawing-room meeting was held in the house of Pasteur Meyhoffer who, with his wife, gave a very cordial reception to a large gathering of pastors and other leading Protestant Christians in Brussels. Here also the statement of the British Secretary evoked expressions of sympathetic interest, and many questions were asked and information given regarding details of the work which could not be supplied at a more public gathering. It was felt that these two meetings would do much to strengthen the branch of the Alliance, as well as to widen and deepen the sympathy of Protestant Christians in that city with the work of the Evangelical Alliance.
Proceeding next to Paris, Mr. Arnold, as on former occasions, was the guest of Dr. D. E. Anderson, the hon. secretary of the English-speaking branch of the Alliance in Paris, who, with Mrs. Anderson, again warmly and hospitably received the British Secretary.
On Sunday, November 19, Mr. Arnold had a busy day, addressing the Congregational Church, Rue Royale, in the morning, the Rev. J. S. Anderson taking part of the service; in the evening, addressing a large congregation in the Wesleyan Chapel, the Rev. H. Bramley Hart taking part of the service; and in the afternoon, addressing the English branch of the Y.M.C.A.
On Monday, November 20, a drawing-room meeting was held at Washington House, Rue de Milan, by the kind permission of Miss Hockley. A large number of English-speaking Christians attended this meeting and seemed greatly to appreciate the hour spent in social intercourse, during which tea and coffee were served. Afterwards the Rev. Dr. Noyes, President of the Branch, took the chair, and the meeting was opened with the singing of a hymn and prayer. The Chairman, in a felicitous speech expressed his hearty sympathy with the principles and the work of the Alliance. He was glad that the Society reminded them of the fact of there being but one Church of Christ, composed of all those who truly love the Lord
Jesus. Then he rejoiced in the fact that the Alliance was evangelical. This was a time when it behoved all true followers of Christ to defend their colours, and therefore he was not ashamed of the term "Evangelical." He then referred to the direct and indirect results of the Alliance, and he thought it had been an incalculable blessing to the world, especially in its defence of persecuted Christians. In conclusion, he urged the great need of still more union among Evangelical Christians. Mr. Arnold followed with an address giving details regarding the recent work of the Alliance, and, at the close, the Chairman, in the name of the meeting, expressed his cordial thanks to the British Secretary for his helpful and stimulating visit among them. It is gratifying to add that many new members were enrolled at this meeting, and the English-speaking Branch at Paris now numbers nearly fifty members.
On the afternoon of November 3, Miss Mason, at the House of Rest, St. John's Wood, kindly opened her drawing-room for a meeting, to which she had invited a large number of friends, a goodly number of whom were present. The Rev. James Consterdine presided, and also gave an account of the work and principles of the Evangelical Alliance, especially dwelling upon its efforts on behalf of the persecuted. He pointed out that it was directly due to the Alliance that Professors Thoumaïan and Kayayan were at liberty and still alive, as it was upon information supplied by the Council that the British Government were enabled to act. The meeting was then addressed by M. Thoumaïan, who gave a very interesting account of his own imprisonment, showing drawings of the fetters, &c., which he had been compelled A collection was taken on behalf of the funds of the Alliance.
On Wednesday, December 6, Mr. Consterdine preached a sermon in the parish church of Abinger, near Dorking, in which he pointed out that such a union of Christians as the Evangelical Alliance promoted was a true preparation for the coming of the King. The Rev. T. P. Hill, rector of Abinger, is a member of the Alliance.
The Rev. J. B. Figgis, of Brighton, taking advantage of the residence in that town during the winter of General Sir John Field, K.C.B., arranged for a meeting in his church on behalf of the Evangelical Alliance. The meeting was a very successful one, over 400 persons being present.
General Sir John Field spoke on the Principles and Work of the Alliance, a subject upon which he was eminently qualified to speak, owing to his long connexion with the Alliance as secretary. He was, therefore, glad to have this opportunity of pleading the cause of Christian union. He also dwelt upon the value and importance of the Week of Universal Prayer. His was the principal address, but the Rev. W. Haslam and the Rev. James Neil also spoke briefly on the subject of Christian Union. A great deal of interest was manifested and a collection was made on behalf of the Alliance-some names being also given for membership. It was felt that such a gathering held at that time would be helpful in regard to the observance of the coming Week of Prayer.
The Council are much indebted to Mr. Figgis for the arrangements made, and to Sir John Field for his kind service in acting as a deputation from the Evangelical Alliance.
A MEETING of Council was held in the Christian Union Buildings, Dublin, on Monday, November 27. David Drummond, Esq., J.P., presided. The meeting was opened with prayer by the Rev. James Wilson.
The following persons were unanimously admittted to membership: Rev. W. S. Montgomery, B.D., Abbeyleix; J. Marshall Butler, Esq,, Dublin; J. Bewley Beale, Esq., Dublin; John Erskine, Esq., Ballina; Fenton E. Bury, Esq., Dublin; Rev. R. Oswald, Rathfriland; S. J. Bennett, Esq., King's Court; John N. Boyland,
Esq., Dublin; Miss Jackson, Kingstown; Rev. William Lumby, Dublin; Richard
The Secretary reported that the address to the Christian people of Ireland, which it had been decided should be issued immediately after the Conference, was published, signed by the president, vice-presidents, and secretary. It set forth the great principles held in common by all the Evangelical Churches, urged the importance of closer unity among the people of God, and commended the great cause in which they were engaged to their interest and support. The address was favourably received, and was published in most of the religious and in many of the secular papers throughout Ireland.
A series of short Conferences had been held during the previous month in several of the principal towns in the south of Ireland. The object of these Conferences was the promotion of Christian union and the deepening of spiritual life. It had been arranged that special addresses should be delivered at these Conferences by the Rev. W. E. Burroughs, B.D., Incumbent of the Mariners' Church, Kingstown, and the Rev. F. Stuart Gardiner, M.A., Presbyterian Minister, Kingstown; but Mr. Gardiner was suddenly laid aside by illness at the last moment, so that the whole responsibility was laid upon Mr. Burroughs, with such local help as he should receive, which was most cordially and efficiently given.
His first meeting was held at Cahir, in the county Tipperary, on Monday evening, November 14, where a crowded meeting assembled in the parochial hall. The Archdeacon of Waterford presided. The address delivered by Mr. Burroughs was greatly appreciated.
Two meetings were held in the City of Cork on the following day, where very effective arrangements had been made by the secretary, Rev. J. Howard Murphy, The meetings were held in the Assembly Rooms. Canon Harley presided in the afternoon, and Lieut.-Colonel Hull in the evening. The attendance at both meetings was good, and the addresses of Mr. Burroughs on the spiritual life were greatly enjoyed.
Similar meetings were held next day in Limerick. Canon Gregg had kindly put the fine Havergal Hall at the disposal of the Committee for the meetings, and excellent arrangements had been made by the Rev. Thomas Moran, secretary of the local branch of the Alliance. The Rev. Dr. Wilson, Presbyterian Minister, presided at the afternoon meeting, at which nearly four hundred persons were present. Canon Gregg presided in the evening, when there was a still larger attendance. The addresses of Mr. Burroughs were deeply impressive. He had formerly been curate here under the late Venerated Archdeacon Jacob, and this fact added no doubt to the interest of the meetings both for speaker and hearers. Many people were helped and stimulated by the addresses.
The Mission was brought to a close in Waterford on Thursday, when two meetings were held in the Protestant Hall. In spite of the wet and tempestuous weather the attendance at both meetings was good, and the services greatly appreciated. The Rev. S. A. Robertson, Methodist Minister, presided in the afternoon, and the Rev. Henry Line, rector of St. Patrick's, in the evening. The Rev. David Wark, Presbyterian Minister, is secretary of the local committee.
A cordial vote of thanks was passed by the Council to the Rev. W. E. Burroughs for the kind and valued services he had rendered, and regret was expressed that Mr. Gardiner had been unable to accompany him.
AMALGAMATION WITH THE UNITED SERVICES COMMITTEE.
The following resolution which had been unanimously adopted at a joint conference of the Irish Council of the Alliance and the Committee of the Dublin United Services, of which notice had been duly given, was then considered :—
"In view of the need which exists of closer union and consolidation in connexion with united Christian work in Ireland, and in order to further the spread of the Gospel in this country, it is hereby pro
posed that immediate steps be taken to amalgamate the work of the United Services Committee with that of the Evangelical Alliance, on the basis of the latter organisation, and that a joint committee, composed of members of both associations, be formed to frame a scheme for the
The scheme as framed by the Joint Committee, the principal features of which were the transfer of the work hitherto carried on by the United Services Committee to the Irish Council of the Alliance, the inclusion of those members of the United Services Committee in the Alliance who were not already members, on the acceptance of the Basis, and the appointment of the secretary of the United Services Committee and the present secretary, Rev. D. Mullan, as joint secretaries of the Irish Council, had been already submitted to the United Services Committee and, with a slight verbal alteration, unanimously adopted.
After careful consideration it was unanimously adopted, with the verbal alteration suggested by the United Services Committee. The new scheme will come into operation on January 1, 1894.
Some arrangements having been made for the observance of the Week of Prayer, the proceedings terminated.
THE following is a report of the meetings of the Lyons branch of the Evangelical Alliance, summarised from L'Eglise Libre :
The meetings this year were held in the Lutheran Church, and concluded with the celebration of the Holy Communion, as is usual on these occasions. Mons. Choisy, from Geneva, presided. There was a good attendance.
The principal subject was "The Relgious Instruction of Youth, whether in the Church or in the Family." The able address given by Mons. Choisy will, it is hoped, be published in extenso. One of the speakers said that he looked for little from the parents. So much more the need for bringing the subject before the public, and pressing home the duty. At the very least they should read a verse of the Bible daily to their children, and see that they pray before going to rest. No matter how feeble it may be, let a religious life be aroused in the family. The sittings were addressed by MM. Morel, pasteur and professor from Neuchâtel; and Rimond, Secretary of the Societé Evangelique of Geneva, and others.
One of the subjects much dwelt upon was the necessity of adapting all efforts made to the capacity of the young. Spurgeon remarked: "Our Lord said, 'Feed my lambs,' not feed my giraffes." The Lord's Prayer should be taught to every child, and certain passages of Scripture impressed upon the mind, and where they are to be found. Young people should be induced to search the Scriptures. It would be well also to question them, so that their thoughts and ideas might be brought out. The catechumens should be encouraged to pray aloud with their pastor. It was strongly urged that the daily life should be in keeping with the religious teaching. This matter was very forcibly treated in the sermon preached by Mons. Babut in the Eglise Reformée on the evening of November 1; his text was from John xvii.,“ And for their sakes I sanctify myself." It would be impossible here to give an idea of the happy and wise manner in which the subject was applied.
The meeting for children must not be forgotten, nor the Annual Assembly of the Protestant Evangelical Infirmary. This enterprise is in a very prosperous condition. The visit of the members of the Alliance, and the remarks of Mons. Choisy made on that occasion were highly appreciated.
RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN
THE persecution of the Stundists and other Christians in the Russian Empire continues to engage the earnest attention of the Council. Much valuable information has been obtained from trustworthy authorities, and especially from those who have been brought personally into contact with the Stundists.
Many friends of the Alliance throughout the country have inquired from time