THE MISSIONS I TO SEAMEN. '(Foundêd 1856.) r'" '— A generous gift has enabled THE MISSIONS TO SEAMEN to PURCHASE a BUILDING in a good position at I DUN KERQUE. -0 £ 10,000 i& required to convert it into an Institute and a small Church for BRITISH SEAMEN. Please send a Gill or an Offertory, as a Thank-Offering to God for the wonderful heroism and self-sacrifice of our Sailors and a proof that the Church is not forgetful of them. STUART C. KNOX, M.A., I ■■■ Secretary. THE MISSIONS TQ SEAMEN, 11, Buckingham Street, Strand, London, W.C. 2. THE FRIEND OF TMH VIJMNUX CORPORATION. TO POOR MARRIED CLERGY OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND. The Committee of this Corporation, as Trustees of the gift-of the late Miss Dickinson, about December 16th next, will DIVIDE the sum of seventy-five pounds equally between FIVE CLERGYMEN, who must "bo married men of good character, in actual exercise of parochial duties, and having children v under 16 years of age. Candidates should apply by letter only, giving two references as to character, one of whom should be the Archdeacon or Rural Dean, and stating receipts (gross and net) from all sources for the past twelve months, and number, ages, and sexes of children, not later than Tuesday, November 25th, to the Secretary, 15, Henrietta-street, Covent-garden, W C. 2. Successful candidates only will be communicated W'tb' Rev. A. R. NUNN-RIVERS, Secretary St.JghnlsEarisield Desperate Straits A Heart-Breaking Task This Mission District in South London, containing a population of 6 000 of the very poorest classes, has 10 CHURCH. A small hall for 240 people is all that is available for the 6,000. The lonely clergyman working single, handed sadly needs friends who will help him to build a Church and Mission •Room. Who will come to the Rescue ? Please send help to the Rev. H. P. FEWTRELX., 224, Garratt-lane, Earls- held, S.W. 18. QUEEN VICTORIA CLERGY FUND. (Incorporated by Royal Charter, 1897.) OBJECT.—To impress upon all the members of the Church of JBngland the clearly defined Christian duty of contributing towards the support of the Clergy. CONTRIBUTIONS received by the Central Fund are distributed by the Council amongst the affiliated dioceses in proportion to their needs. Remittances for the Central Fund should be sent to the Secretary, SYDNEY W. FLAMANK, Esq. (Secretary to the Church House), Church House, Dean's Yard, Westminster j S.W. 1. Cheques to be Crossed "London Joint, Stock Bank, Westminster Branch." WOMAN'S MISSION TO WOMEN. The Missionaries visit the Streets, Hospitals, Infirmaries, Police Courts, &c. 500 'Prisoners on Remand were helped during the past year. Bankers; I BARCLAYS BANK, 95, Victoria St., S.W. 1. Office: Victoria House, 117, Victoria St., S.W. 1 Secretary: ARTHUR J. S. MADDISON SOCIETY FOR THE ABOLITION OF VIVISECTION The Society offers to send a popular speaker free of charge to Literary Societies, Brother hoods, League Meetings, etc. With regard to the Lecturer the Secretary of a large Brother- hood said: "Mr. Reed did us very good service and the men were delighted with his earnest- ness and ability." Autumn and Winter engage- ments should be booked at once.—22, North- umberland Avenue, London, W.C, ni rRPV FRIENDLY uLCtlUI SOCIETY, > Secretary- Bev. R. B. Powell, Church House. Westminster. S,W Spanish and Portuguese- Church Aid Society. CHURCH HOUSE, WESTMINSTER, S.W- I"- ANNUAL MEETING- A ALI Church House, Westminster (Great Smith Street Entrance). Tuesday next, November 18th, 3 p.m. Chairman THE RIGHT REV. BISHOP INGHAM, D.D. Speakers REV. G. F. IRWIN, B.D REV. THOS. J, PULVERTAFT, I M.A., who have this year visited the Peninsula. Collection in aid of the Reformed Churches. Owing to the Exchange, the cost of currency grants to Spanish centres has greatly increased. Help is urgently needed to enable the Reformed Churches to main- tain their present work. They are unable to respond to appeals by the ministers for visits and for the appointment of local pastors. Contributions will be gratefully received by the Rev. H. E. NOYES, D.D., Hon. Finance Secretary; and by the Rev. THOS. J. PULVERTAFT, Consulting and Editorial Secretary, Church House, Dean's Yard, Westminster, S.W. I COLONIAL AND CONTINENTAL CHURCH SOCIETY. Humbly, earnestly, and faithfully the Society is discharging the plain duty of alleviating the spiritual desti- tution and promoting the spiritual I welfare of our countrymen scattered I over the great portion of the earth's surface in the colonies, or settled on the Continent of Europe, by propa- gating the power of the Gospel of Christ, and seeking by wielding this two-edged sword of the Spirit to bring souls to His obedience and thus to hasten the day when the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters eover the sea. The Society urgently requires £ 68,000 to meet most pressing needs. Will you, respond now ? Secretary: The Rev. J. D. MULLINS, 9, SERJEANTS'-INN. FLEET-STREET, LONDON. E.C. 4. 'Ada Leigh, Homes: in Paris. FOUNDED 1872. Patron: Her Majesty the Queen Alexandra. THa STRIKE means LOSS OF INCOME and increased difficulties. DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED to carry on. The Times," 6th September, 1919. _U The. C -Ada Leigh I Homes are doing most useful public work." GRAHAM SHEFFIELD, Esq., Secretary, The I Church House, Dean's yard, Westminster, London, S.W. 1.
RELIGION IN THE LABOUR MOVEMENT. -—♦—■' All the world is looking to-day to England for example. Especially all the labouring people, who are oppressed and depressed by aristo- cratic and capitalistic classes all over L the world, are looMng foi,.it,a r(i ivith, a great hope, It is a great re- J sponsibility. I urge the leading spirits of the Labour Movement in this country to help and encourage other countries who are not in a position to stand against oppression. Religion is something essentiaL. We need it very badly to-day. The whole world needs religion much morh to-day than ever, especially Labour, who has to fight a very hard battle." This is not an extract ironi a ser- mon by a Christian peacher. The passage is the kernel of an address given by a Brahman soldier at the recent International Conference on Labour and Religion held in the Browning Hall, London. A verba- tim report of that Conference has now been issued entitled Religion in the Labour Movement (Holborn Press, Holborn Hall, E.G. 3s. 6d. net). Let us say at once, that it is the most remarkable book of its kind that has been published for a long time. We wish every Churchman and Churchwoman could be in- duced to read and study these pene- trating, inspiring and forceful ad- dresses blazoning forth the glorious g r ideals of the new age. These soul- stirring utterances are hot with the breath of the Spirit of the living God. If it is possible to permeate the Church of Christ—and organ- ised Labour in all lands-with this new spirit the future of the world is bright indeed. The Conference included representatives of the Labour Movement from its extreme right to its extreme left, and men of creeds as different as Brahman, Parsee, Agnostic and almost every variety of Christian. Amid all personal and racial and credal diversity there was a wonderful unanimity in regard to the fatal dangers of materialism and the ab- solute necessity for recognising the spiritual basis of Brotherhood and' Fellowship. This is surely a tre- mendous gain. How it would have rejoiced the hearts of Kingsley and Maurice, of Toynbee and Barnett and other noble souls who strove as pioneers against great odds In. In- sisting that the (teaching of Jesus Christ is practical and applicable to all conditions of life. These men did not Jive in vain. It is true they sowed the seed with tears, they ex- perienced bitter disappointments and endured heart-breaking calumny, but we and our children shall reap the harvest with joy. We cannot do better than select a few of the gems from this rich mine, and urge our readers to dig for themselves. Mr. G. N- Barnes, M.P., that great-souled son of Labour whose work as a British Cabinet Minister is second to none, warns his fellow-workers that amid a great deal which is encouraging he can discern something of a menacing character coming up in our midst. "We are getting accus- tomed now," he says, to a struggle of organisations instead of indi- viduals.If organisation be lopsided, if organisation be con- trolled by those who are animated only by sectional considerations, then organisation may get a stranglehold on a community and bring harm not only to others, but to themselves as well. Some of them, I am afraid on the Labour side, are getting under the control of those who want to pull down the '1 pillars of the State on the off chance that something more to their liking will arise from the ruins. These are the evils of materialism, in the mass—they poison the springs of public life. We have got to rally all the forces making in the direction not only of combating the materialistic force,s-that is only one thing—but to marshal all the forces which are disposed to lift life and labour amongst us to higher planes of living." Then Alderman Sheppard, the first Labour Lord-Mayor of Bristol, truly declares that u Materialism carried to its logical conclusion means the world to the strong aird the weak to the wall." George Lansbury, that fiery apostle so often misunderstood, says "Wheii I read it-he New Testament, in spite of the fact that I feel I am getting old now, I want to go out into the streets and shout in the ears of the people, Turn ye Turn ye Why will ye die ? Come back to the Galilean. He was the greatest revolutionary force of His times. We have got to preach the gospel that you and I are part of one another; my life is no good unless yours is good; yours is not good unless my life is good." The next witness we venture to quote is of a totally different type—- B. P. Wadia, of the Madras Labour Union. He is a Parsee and tells us that the people of India are very eager for spiritual realisation, and therefore for religious enlighten- ment and they believe not only in the Brotherhood idea for social welfare work, but also in the brotherhood of religions." Hindus, Moslems, Parsees, Indian Christians arc all travelling along their own path to God. "T want you to realise," exclaims this clear- eyed prophet, that it is a religious movement, and the masses of India are steeped in the religious out- look." Here is another message, burning with a passionate love for the Christ: I belong. to the Labour Party," says Richard Westropo,- and- I'say this, that if we could get all our hopes and ideals realised, we should still have a hungry soul. unless the Lover finds His beloved,, unless he has met the Great Companion, un- less as h,e tramped these dreary streets he knew that God lived and God loved." So we could go on giving extract i. after extract from these thrilling pages, but we must close with a [ passage from Bishop Gore When r I am hopeful," he says, I seem to see the Labour Movement becoming more and more conscious that it needs the belief in the Fatherhood of God and the Mastery of Jesus y and the power and presence of the, Spirit. I am quite sure if the or- ganised Churches are to gauge the best conscience of men and women to-day, they musit develop those three propositions and make them living and active and real proposi- tions." That is the great and glorious task entrusted to the Chritotiaii Church of to-day. Upon her loyalty and zeal and witness will depend the luture of the world, for everything in the world now, humanly speaking, depends upon Labour. And everything in Labour depends upon religion."
DEBT TO FREE CHURCHMEN By A. J. Law, M.P. THE result of the division at the second reading of the National Assembly of the Church of England (Powers) Bill, or, as it is more generally known, the En- abling Bill," has caused the hearts of Churchmen to rejoice. The fact that it- has now passed the second reading by a. majority of 304 to 16 means that the Bill will now go to Committee stage, and pos-. sibly, as Lord Edmund Talbot stated, will become a Government measure after it has passed Standing Committee. Churchmen have to acknowledge their debt to those representatives of the Free' Church, who spoke in favoiy of the Bill j or else paid a glowing tribute to the work of the Church, although they actually opposed some of the clauses in the present Bill. Hape for Sreater Charity. The opposer, Mr. Broad, who is an eX- Congjregational minister, spoke of the mighty Church of England and of the necessity of meeting the new times by a Christian spirit and in a spirit of unity. His speech 'nufit give us hope for a greater charity in the future between the various denominations. Lancashire men. always I- knew that Sir John Randies, member for the Exchange Division of Manchester, held broad views, and he spoke out strongly in favour of the Bill.; Somewhat unexpected support came from Sir W. R. Adkins, also a Lancashire member, and from Mr. I J. Hugh Ed- wards, who believed that the Bill did not go far enough. For the spirit of good- will shown during the debate those mem-: bers who have been striving to the best of, their ability for this opportunity feel deeply thankful. In the Lobby I have found that most, reasonable men recognise that the Bill is, an attempt to improve the machinery of; iy the Church. There are many business men in the House "of Commons to-day who recognise that it is necessary, for, ,the sake of business efficiency, constantly, to overhaul the machinery of their fac-j tories in order to prevent rust and to in- troduce new devices. This its one reason 1 why those who are in favour of enabling the Church to re-fashion its own machinery received almost universal sup- port from their fellow M.P.'s. The reforms that are needed are practi- cal ones affecting all persons in the. State,j and for that reason it is good to hear that the Life and Liberty Movement,' which has worked so hard to support the' Enabling Bill, is to continue its work for another two years in order to oocure ehould'the Enabling Bill be carried, that its provisions are actually utilised for effective Church reforpi. Immediate Reform Needed. As a layman, some of the iminedia;te .reforms needed appear to me. to be aa follows The present distribution of livings and the divisipn of parishes are out of date. We need a more equal division of the financial resources of the Church so that 9-Lich cases cannot occur as tirat regrettable case,which appeared in the public Press last week of an unfortu- nate vicar who had suffered at the hands of money lenders. There needs to be a more equal divi- sion of parochial responsibility. At ¡ the present time some vicars have the care of the souls of a handful of parishioners only, and in a neighbour-' ing town a vicar may 'be responsible for, the souls of many thousands. The Bill, having passed its second read, ing, now comes upon a new phase, and its supporters will still have a heavy re- sponsibility. Some of us have passed through anxious hours during the past week, hoping and praying that members would sacrifice themselves by attendance on the Friday in order to secure the Bill. In Standing Committee continuous at- tendance and.watchfulness will be needed from those nominated to serve. Help can be given by laymen outside by giving consistent support and showing a per- sonal interest in the passage of the Bill. Upon us in the House the opportunity means a much heavier responsibility. AH of us Churchmen realise this, for if this opportunity is allowed to pass by there may not be so favourable a ehanoe of reforming the Church from within tgs many years to come.