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aging Sign,” in the number for Decem- School. The attendance upon the serber 23d, thus describes the opening vices was very satisfactory: the numbers prospects of the Church:
gradually increased, and on the last “At the present moment we have, as Sabbath, the Temple was well filled we never had before, both the disposi- both morning and evening, the numtion and the means to pursue a more bers present being in the morning about active policy. We have men, most of 100, and in the evening 140. The friends whom are recent accessions to our ranks, who have so long borne the burden of who possess the ability to go out and the Church were doubtless much enaddress the people; we have writers couraged and strengthened by this visit; who write books and tracts much better and they manifested their appreciation adapted than any we have yet had for of the pecuniary aid of the English the instruction of beginners; and the friends and my own services in a very Lord has blessed us with the disposal of acceptable Testimonial, being a resolumoney to an extent hitherto denied us. tion, handsomely engrossed on vellum, We are, it is true, making much less as follows: use of these advantages than we ought, “Copy of a Resolution, passed on the but the work has begun, the missionary 17th day of December 1868, in the New spirit has been kindled, and its flame Jerusalem Temple, Victoria Street, St. cannot fail to burn stronger and stronger. Heliers, Jersey; moved by the SecreAs we gain wisdom by experience, and tary, seconded by F. Tennyson, Esq., as the contagion of example spreads, it and unanimously resolved : That a vote may confidently be expected that the of thanks be tendered to R. Gunton, whole American New Church will be. Esq., of the National Missionary Insticome a great Missionary Institution, as tution, London, for his Christian de. well as a domestic one, and bestow votedness in endeavouring to disseminupon the spiritual orphans of the land ate the glorious truths of the Lord's the care she has, so far, mainly con. New Church in Jersey ; and also for fined to her own recognised children. his untiring exertions amongst our As soon as this takes place, it is not friends in England, who have nobly too much to hope that results will fol. assisted him in clearing off nearly the low in the increase of numbers, such as whole of the debt with which it was have never heretofore been seen.
encumbered, and thereby placing the
Jersey Society in a better position than JERSEY.-Report of the Missionary, it had hitherto held; and that a copy Mr. Gunton, to the Committee of the of this resolution be engrossed and pre“National Missionary Institution”-In sented to him. Titus Brown, Leader. the magazine of November last, a brief
“Philip BINET, Secy.” account is given of the effort in progress
The list of Contributions shall now to pay off the debt on the Church at St. be given, and I trust that those who Heliers. This effort was to raise £300, have helped will ever be ready to help, and its success will appear from the fol- according to their means, and that their lowing report and list of contributions. number will be increased tenfold. Feeling the truth of Swedenborg's state- I am satisfied, from my own observament, that charity and faith are tion and experience, that the harvest is merely mental and perishable things abundant, or, in other words, that very unless they are determined to works, many minds are prepared for the new whenever it is practicable, and co-exist seeds of truth; but instrumentalities in them," I thought it judicious to visit are needed which it is man's privilege Jersey again in December, to complete, to furnish. Alas! that a much greater if possible, the work begun in June last. number do not see it to be a privilege Accordingly, I left London on the 4th to give much more of the abundance of December, and reached Jersey in they have from the Lord. If done from safety after a very stormy passage.
I heavenly motives, they would find it remained over three Sundays, and dur- an exchange of earthly treasure, which ing my stay gave two week-evening moth aud rust doth corrupt. The fol. lectures, and attended two Church meet- lowing contributions, then, are grateings; administered the sacrament after fully acknowledged by the Society, the morning service of the last Sabbath, especially those which have been conand paid a short visit to the Sunday tributed in England:
Mr. G- Sittingbourne £0 50 Mr. Burton, Radcliffe
1 0 0 Mr. James Grimshaw, Radcliffe
1 0 0 Mr. Hodgson, Radcliffe
1 0 0 Mr. Briercliff, Kersley, 1 1 0 Mr. P. W. Binet, St. Heliers 1 0 0 Miss S. Le Masurier
1 0 0 Mr. Le Masurier
1 0 0 Mrs. Burt
0 E. D. L. C.
0 6 0 Miss L. Hepburn
0 2 6 Mr. Thomas Moss
0 3 0 Mr. R. Le Masurier
0 5 0 Mrs. Jauvrin
0 2 0 Miss Eliza Moss
0 5 0 Mr. Binet's family
1 2 6 Friends, per Miss Binet,, 0 16 0 Mrs. Harrison
0 10 0 Mrs. Baxter
0 10 0 A Friend
0 10 0 Mr. Du Chemin
0 10 0 Mr. Hoskings
2 0 0 From Collections at Church 2 7 6
£233 10 0
Thomas De Faye, Esq., St.
£50 0 0 F. Tennyson, Esq., St. Heliers 50 0 0 P. Binet, Esq.
25 0 0 H. Walden, Esq.
10 0 0 J. Walden, Esq.
5 0 0 E. J. Albo, Esq.
5 0 H. Cook, Esq.
5 0 0 F. Alexander, Esq.
4 0 0 M. A. C., a Friend
5 0 0 Mr. G. Eraux
1 0 0 Miss Carrel
1 0 0 Mr. Middlemist Hall
1 0 0 Miss S. Martin, St. Heliers 1 0 0 Miss Ann Hepburn
1 0 0 Mr. Picot
0 5 0 Miss Jane Eraux
0 5 0 Mr. J. T. De Faye
1 0 0 Miss Starck
0 7 6 A Friend, by T. Brown, 0 5 0 Sundry sums
0 6 6 Master J. Saterford
0 5 0 Master W. Jessamin
0 5 0 Mrs. Saterford
0 5 0 A Friend, by Miss Hepburn, St. Heliers
From the foregoing, it will be seen that the effort thus far has been most satisfactory. Our good friend, Mr. Le Cras, having some time ago left in his will a legacy for the like purpose, has deferred the payment of his promised subscription of £50 until he has executed a codicil to cancel that legacy, which can only be done with safety in England under the Act 24 and 25 Vict. ch. 114, and which he hopes to accomplish next summer. When that is done, other friends will make up the deficiency, and clear off the whole debt. This, it is hopped, will lead to the engagement of a permanent minister for the island. Their present leader, Mr. Titus Brown, who is in his 70th year, has worked on steadily, firmly, and lovingly for the truth for more than thirty years, and now desires to see a younger man put on the harness which he is prepared to put off. The excellencies of his character are written on the memories of those to whom he is best
0 5 0 Miss M. Walden, St. Heliers 0 5 0 Miss E. Walden
0 5 0 Miss Anne Saterford
0 5 0 Mr. Bolt
0 5 0 Mrs. Jessamin
0 5 0 Miss Susan Munson
0 2 6 Mr. and Mrs. Gunton, London 5 0 0 Thos. Tapling, Esq.
5 0 Alfred Braby, Esq.
5 0 0 Mr. H. R. Williams
0 0 Mr. W. Pickstone
2 2 0 Mr. H. Butter
2 0 0 Mr. F. Pitman
1 0 0 Mr. C. W. Smith
1 0 0 Mr. T. Watson
1 0 0 Mr. C. Hewitt
1 1 0 Mr. Bateman
1 1 0 Mr. Bourdas
2 0 0 Mr. Jobson
0 10 0 Mr. Aborne
0 10 Mrs. Ford
0 10 6 Mr. Wm. Lyon, Chatteris 1 1 0 Mr. T. Hook, Snodland 1 0 0 Mr. Priest, Norwich
1 0 0 Francis Goadsby, Esq., Manchester
5 0 0 Mr. Hughes, Manchester 2 0 Mr. Broadfield
1 Mr. Meek
1 0 0 Mr. Holgate
0 Mr. Sever
1 1 Mr. Holt
1 1 Mr. Russen
0 10 0 Mr. T. S. Atkinson ,,
0 10 0
AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS.— In addi. tion to the annual meeting of the Convention, the several societies and scattered receivers of the doctrines in the United States are united in distinct associations. These associations are
composed of members of the Church who are situated in the same locality, and seem to follow the order of the political divisions of the country. The Messenger of October 28 contains brief notices of the meeting of the Illinois and Maryland Associations. The former assembled at Chicago. The report of the superintendent stated that the resolution adopted at the previous meeting of the Association, desiring missionaries and ministers to take up contributions each Sunday for the support of the gospel, had been carried out as far as practicable. • Experience,” we are told, “shows it to be a good plan, but subject to exceptions. The subject of offering a portion of our substance to the Lord, as a part of each one's Sabbath morning worship, has considerably engaged the attention of the ministers, and the idea has been received with much favour." Another question submitted to this meeting was
a plan for dividing the State into circuits for regular preaching by missionaries."
• The executive committee reported that, in the opinion of the committee, the circuit systein recommended by Mr. Hibbard was indispensable for the growth and development of the Church; that they ought to get as many missionaries and ministers to occupy circuits as they could get and support.” The matter was referred back for further consideration, and will again, therefore, be brought under the attention of the Association.
The Maryland Association assembled at Baltimore. A prominent feature in their meeting was "a gathering in the temple of the three New Church Sabbath schools of the city, with their scholars, teachers, and superintendents. Many of the people not connected with the schools were present also. To this assenıblage reports were made or read from the different Sabbath schools, or their superintendents, of the Maryland Association, all of which were very interesting, showing the general good state and progress of these schools. Besides the above reports, a report or statement from the Wilmington 'mission' school was presented, and the good such a school may be hoped to effect, set forth by Mr. Mercer, the manager." This latter item makes us acquainted with a new mode of missionary labour-the institution of Sabbath
schools in outlying districts, and the teaching of the doctrines to the young. This is a work in which many New Churchmen could take part, and which would be well adapted to the wants of many parts of our own country.
NEW CHURCH EFFORT IN INDIA.Our readers are aware that a New Church Society has existed for a great many years in Mauritius; and, in connection with it, they have heard of the Right Rev. Bishop Bugnion. From a brief statement by himself, drawn from him by inquiry in a Madras newspaper, we learn that this dignitary is a born Swiss, and was a naturalized Russian, but that he is at the present time a naturalized British subject. We learn further that, after passing through several gradations of ecclesiastical rank, he was, in 1862, created Right Reverend by his nomination to the office of General-Vicar for the Caucasus, the Daghestan, and Cossakenland, by the Viceroy of the Caucasus and the imperial consistory of Moscow ; and that he was afterwards elected Bishop by the New Churches of Bourbon and the Mauritius. It appears that after the bishop had exercised his function for a few years in Mauritius, the friends in that island were led to make some provision for the Christianizing of India. A committee was formed ; and, after a year of reflection and prayer, an invitation was given to Bishop Bugnion to proceed to India, in order that he might lay some station of the New Church, which invitation he accepted.
After repairing to the scene of his labours, the bishop issued an
"" address to the inhabitants of India.” That address begins, “Natives of India, -In establishing ourselves upon the soil trodden by the thousands of generations that have succeeded each other, from your first fathers down to yourselves, and in doing so at the very moment when you await the last incarnation of Vishnu, and that in name of a religious principle not yet represented in this country—that of the Church of the Lord, or New Church, of which the basis is love to God and love to the neighbour, with faith in Jehovah, our only Parabrahma or Bhagavat, sole source of this love, and who took, in assuming the human form in this world for its salvation, the name of Jesus Christ-we feel, above all, the necessity of explaining to you the fitness of our mission to serve as a witness among you.
The writer then inquires into the causes which have hitherto operated so greatly to retard the progress of Christianity in India ; and he arrives at the conclusion that “the ill-success of modern missions proceeds not so much from the missionaries themselves, many of whom enjoy a certain reputation for zeal and even self-denial, as from the nature of the Christianity which they preach, different from that preached by the Apostle Thomas and his successors, until the first Council of Nice; because, in fact, all modern missionaries admit the definition of a Tripersonality in God, although, until then, the Trinity had only been known such as the Bible teaches it, and such also as our Church receives it, with the theology which flows from this dogma, a theology which teaches the perfect unity of God.” He then proceeds to show that while the Scriptures teach the absolute unity of God, they teach also that this one God became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ. The people of India are told that our Church admits the antiquity of their race and of their religious rites, and that the general principles of their religion, in its purity, offer the same characteristics as the general principles that constitute the life of Christianity, attesting the fact that Truth, anciently the same for all, became obliterated in the lapse of time, by reason of self-love and the love of the world. These loves have brought man to change the glory of the incorruptible God into images which represent corruptible man, birds, four-footed beasts, and reptiles (Rom. i. 2, 3); whence it is that these figures, formerly representative of the attributes of the Divinity, or sometimes of the human heart, having lost their first significance, are now become absolute idols. For example, the bull is an emblem of the natural man; hence the bull Naudi, mounted by Siva, represents the natural man subjected to the spirit of God. The four ages of the word, recognised alike by them and by us—the Satiayouga or golden age; the Tiza-youga or silver age ; Durva par youga or brazen age; and Kali-youga or iron age-descriptive emblematically of man's decline
from the highest heavenly to the lowest earthly state. The Bhagavat or Parabrahma of the Indians is the Jehovah of the Bible, both being uncreated, immutable, invisible, directing all things, penetrating the most secret thoughts. It was when man had sunk into this low state that Jehovah became incarnate to save him-a truth which the ancestors of those whom he addresses wished to represent in speaking of the manifestation of Parabrahma under the name of Vishnu ; and the different forms they have lent to Vishnu, until that in which he becomes the good Pastor Krishna, and the aged Boudha, are an allegory of the different prophetic manifestations of Jehovah, until he became by incarnation the real Krishna, or good shepherd (John x.), because he leads his flock and gives his life for it. It is thus he vanquishes the real Kausa, that is, the devil, whom he called the prince of darkness. The second advent of Christ, too, finds its expression in the last incarnation of Vishnu, for which the Indians are now looking ; and this coming of the Lord is to be attended by a revelation and understanding of the spiritual sense of the Word. This is described in the Christian Scriptures by the Lord at His second coming, riding on a white horse, the horse being an emblem of the understanding, and therefore it was given to represent the horse Kali as the last incarnation of Vishnu. Their sacred books speak also to the Indians of regeneration; and to join themselves to God, they teach the necessity of chastity, and all the other virtues : while Christianity, which teaches the same, shows from whom such virtues come, and to whom they should be returned.
While the natives of India are thus taught that they may see true revelation and true Christianity dimly reflected in their own sacred books and in their own religion, the offer is made to instruct them in the sublime truths of the new Christian religion by one who has come amongst them for that purpose.
The address seems to have created some little sensation in the East. Several journals and individuals have noticed it; some favourably, some unfavourably, one telling the bishop that he has yet much to learn respecting
Hinduism, and a clergyman accusing as a Methodist minister, so that his him of bringing in damnable here- sympathies were decidedly in favour of sies.
Methodist doctrines, and for a long This is, we believe, the first public time he rejected some parts of Swedenappeal that has ever been made to the borg's teaching He was, however, inhabitants of Hindustan in behalf of willing to investigate, and was open to the New Church, Every good and conviction. From the first, there was great work must have a beginning, and much in the teaching of the New Church it may be a small one.
that he liked, especially the fine spirit results have yet appeared we are not of charity and tolerance it breathes, its able to say, but the effort deserves our exceedingly practical tendency, its harprayers and encouragement.
mony with the laws of nature, and with
the Word of God. Still he hesitated NEW ZEALAND.—We have received to accept its fundamental doctrines ; a copy of “the Weekly Press” of
but some months before his conversion, October 17, published at Christ-church, his intercourse with Mr. Rowley and Canterbury, New Zealanı, containing Mr. Hawley became closer, and little lengthened notices of the reception of by little his mind gave way.
It was the doctrines of the New Church by the not, however, until two months ago, Rev. J. Tyerman, formerly pastor of when circumstances occurred which the Independent Methodist Church, gave an impluse to his investigations, Montreal Street. The first notice is that the question "What is truth?” the report of a lecture by Mr. Tyerman which had been for years breathed up from which we make the following to Heaven was sent up with a tenfold extract :
desire. It was to him a time of great “It was especially necessary that if a inental strife. The doctrines of the person holding intelligent views on the Trinity, the atonement, and justification subject of religion saw fit to change by faith only were passing away in the them, he should be able to give a reason ruins of a broken creed, and yet he for so doing ; and having changed his hesitated to receive the new one. The opinions on some of the fundamental mental conflict and anguish which he doctrines of the Christian faith, he was endured during these few days were now prepared to give his reasons for known only to God, but peace and doing so, and hoped to obtain an at- satisfaction grew up as the evidence of tentive hearing. Some of his opinions the doctrines of the New Church became had been misrepresented, his motives clearer, and he at last found himself a impugned, and calumnies heaped upon believer in the heavenly doctrines of him. He would reply to these first, Emanuel Swedenborg:
The converand afterwards make a short statement sation of his two friends was much about the New Church, which though strengthened by the reading of Swedenmuch abused, he believed to be founded borgian works, amongst others, – upon the Word of God, to be elevating “White's Life of Swedenborg,” “Hindin its nature, and calculated to exert a marsh's Essays, “ The Intellectual salutary influence upon the world at Repository,” “Swedenborg's Four Leadlarge. When he had informed them ing Doctrines of the New Church,” and that he had been revolving the matter “Noble's Appeal on behalf of the views in his mind for four years, they would of the New Church.” His mind being see that it was no sudden step he had made up, there were only two courses taken. The Swedenborgian doctrines open to himn ; either to play the were first introduced to his notice about hypocrite, and profess to be a Methodist, that period by Mr. Rowley and Mr. whilst in reality he believed in the Hawley, whose acquaintance he made New Church, or to come out in his soon after his arrival in New Zealand. true colours. The first was not to be These gentlemen furnished him with thought of, and he at once determined books, and he had frequent conver- to make known his changed views. sations with them, while he was in He knew the prejudices that existed correspondence with Mr. Hawley on against the doctrines of Swedenborg, the subject nearly three years ago. He but supported by the Spirit of God, he had been brought up as a Methodist, was prepared to brave prejudice and had been trained and was then officiating live the scandal down. He, never