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nities of the family in modern life, and what can be done to guard, develop, and strengthen it, especially noting the results of various agencies, legal and social, to this end.
2. To co-operate with similar committees which may be appointed in other national bodies for the same objects; and
3. That this committee begin its work directly after its appointment; that it hold frequent meetings or consultations during the coming three years; that from time to time, it make such reports and recommendations to the churches as may be deemed best; and that it report at the next triennial Council.
Resolved, (2) That the Council advise that similar committees with similar duties be appointed in our state bodies, as now in Massachusetts; and also in our various local conferences and associations.
Prison reform. The following resolutions were adopted :
Resolved, That recognizing the importance of the work of prison reform, as represented by the American Prison Association, we recommend that, as far as possible, our churches observe the Sabbath designated as Prison Sunday with such peculiar services, or special addresses, as shall contribute to the advancement of this
Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed by this Council who shall report at its next meeting on the relation and responsibility of our churches to the convict population of our country.
Columbian Exposition. The committee on the report of the committee on the Columbian Exposition and related matters, presented a report with recommendations. The report was accepted, and the recommendations were adopted, namely:
We therefore recommend that this whole matter be referred to the committee of which Rev. James G. Johnson, of Chicago, is chairman, with full power to act as circumstances may require; and, in case favorable action is determined upon, that this committee be empowered to add to its number and fill any vacancies that may occur. We promise our hearty co-operation in carrying out any plans that this committee may think wise.
We also heartily approve of the scheme of Congresses arranged by the World's Congress Auxiliary of the Columbian Exposition ; and we especially indorse the proposition to hold a Congress of Missions and a Congregational Congress under their auspices, wbich, if carried out as proposed, will accomplish, in part, at least, the same object as that of the suggested material exhibit.
The same committee reported the following resolutions, which were accepted and adopted by a unanimous rising vote :
Resolved, That we, the National Council, representing five thousand Congregational churches in the United States, express our hearty approval of the action of our National Congress in conditioning its appropriation to the Columbian Exposition on its closing on the Lord's day; and that we earnestly protest against any repeal of this action.
Resolved, That we instruct the secretary of the Council to forward a copy of this resolution to the National Commission, the Board of Directors, and to both Houses of Congress.
Congregational Church Building Society, College and Education
Society. The committee on the statement of the Congregational Church Building Society presented a report, which was accepted.
The committee on the statement of the American College and Education Society presented a report, which was accepted.
Statements of seminaries.2 Statements covering the seven theological seminaries were presented and addresses made as follows:
Rev. Albert H. Currier, for Oberlin ; Rev. Charles S. Mills, for Hartford ; Rev. Samuel Ives Curtiss, for Chicago; Rev. Jonathan E. Adams, for Bangor; Rev. Newman Smyth, for Andover and New Haven ; Rev. Charles O. Brown, for Pacific.
Observance of the Sabbath.3 The committee on the observance of the Sabbath presented a report, which was accepted.
Trustees of National Council. — Provisional committee. The provisional committee were made the trustees of the National Council
Resolutions instructing the provisional committee were laid on the table.
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It was resolved, That it be suggested to the provisional committee to give in 1895 an entire evening to the report on city evangelization and the discussion thereon.
Committees ordered. A committee on ministerial standing for 1892-1895, was ordered to which shall be referred certain resolutions on that subject.
A committee of five was ordered to report in 1895 on the duty of the church respecting secret and social societies.
A committee of three was ordered to report at this meeting a reply to the Lutheran memorial to this Council.
A committee of five on capital and labor was ordered to report in 1895.
Church history societies. The following minute was adopted :
Whereas, in several of oựr states, church history societies have been organized to collect and preserve the local church history; and whereas, we consider this a very important work, we recommend the organization of such societies so far as practicable in all our states, which may, if so desired, do their work in connection with each state association; and we also recommend that those state organizations each have a place designated where church histories, manuals, anniversary sermons, and other historical matter may be collected and preserved ; and also that, when practicable, copies of such collections be sent to the Congregational Library, Boston, Mass.
Christian unity. A resolution relating to the alleged needless multiplication of churches, and to the action of our home missionary officers was received and referred to the committee on Christian unity.
A minute relating to the colored population was taid on the table.
A resolution on home missionary officers was laid on the table till Monday.
After singing " Thy saints in all this glorious war," at 1 P. M., the Council adjourned until public worship on Sunday morning, Oct. 16.
SUNDAY MORNING, Oct. 16. Public worship. - The Lord's supper. At 10.30, the Council engaged in public worship in which Rev. George H. Wells, the pastor, conducted the opening services, and Rev. Charles M. Lamson, of Vermont, spoke on what Christ has. given the world, and Rev. Henry A. Stimson, of Missouri, on what we owe to Christ; after which the Council united with Plymouth church in the Lord's supper administered by Messrs. Lamson and Stimson, the service closing at 12.
SUNDAY EVENING, Oct. 16.
Christian unity.' At 7.30, after singing, Rev. Julian M. Sturtevant, of Illinois, read the Scriptures, and Rev. Edward N. Packard, of New York, offered prayer. The committee on Christian unity presented a report with resolutions. Additional resolutions were also presented, and addresses on the general subject were made by Rev.. Henry Hopkins, of Missouri, Rev. Julian M. Sturtevant, of Illipois, Rev. Leavitt H. Hallock, of Maine, and Rev. Charles O. Brown, of California. After singing " I love thy kingdom, Lord," and the benediction by the moderator, at 9, the body adjourned till 9 A. M., Monday.
MONDAY MORNING, Oct. 17.
Minutes. Devotion. At 9, the moderator called the body to order, the doxology was sung, and Rev. Charles A. Blanchard, of Illinois, offered prayer. The minutes of Saturday and Sunday were revised and approved. The Council 'spent half an hour in devotion, led by Rev. De Witt S. Clark, of Massachusetts.
A resolution on co-operation with the Holy Spirit in efforts for the salvation of men was received and referred to the business. committee.
By-law amended. It was voted, To amend by-law VIII., sect. 6, by inserting in the second paragraph, before the words “ honorary members," these words : The first named member of each standing or ad interim committee shall be chairman thereof, and shall so continue unless
the committee shall otherwise provide at a meeting of which every member shall have been especially informed.
The colored population. The declaration relating to the colored population was taken up and adopted as follows:
The National Council of Congregational Churches recognize with gratitude the splendid advances made by the negro race, in the south, in the accumulation of property and the advancement of education and morals, in the face of obstacles that might well have daunted a less hopeful and devout people ; also the awakening conscience, and growing interest, by the better class of citizens, in regard to their civil and political rights. But we deplore the continuance of the lawless spirit and the acts of violence, in many parts of the south, of which they are the direst victims; a condition of society that at once hinders the work of our educational and religious societies for the elevation of this suffering race, and menaces the very foundations of our national existence.
We therefore declare our sympathy with and give our earnest support to the oppressed of every race and class who are suffering in the struggle to assert their rights under the federal constitution; we also declare that our religious faith and political principles require that every citizen shall enjoy the protection of just laws framed in accordance with the spirit of the federal constitution; and that they shall have the right to cast a full ballot and have that ballot counted as cast, without distinction of race.
Proposed amendment of the constitution. The following proposed amendment of the constitution was received for action in 1895, namely: To amend Sect. 4 of Article 2, so that it will read as follows: Such Congregational societies for Christian work as may be recognized by this Council, and the faculties of Congregational theological seminaries and colleges may be represented by one delegate each, - such representatives having the right of discussion only.
Christian unity.? The report of the committee on Christian unity was accepted and the following resolution in it was adopted :
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