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A meeting was held last night at the Trinity Hull, Manchester street, to take definite steps towards the formation of the Christian Ethical Society, the object of which is "the advancement of truth and love; the rule, "Thac all .members strive to follow the spirit pLGbttSt'la dealing with men;" and the conditions of membership, "An earnest endeavor to carry out the foregoing rule, in recognition of the fact that tae good of all is the best for each, all being members one of another. Every member to sign a card in token of such obligation." There was not * large attendance. The Rev. P. R. Mixnro was voted to the chair, and said he fully sympathised with the movement, which w« not so young as soma thought. ,1C was now more than two years since some five or six o£ them met together to consider the matter. They carefully and patiently considered the question from all sides, Chen they decided to hold, and held a meeting at the residence of the Rev. J. O*B. Hdare, after which it was resolved to call a public meeting, and now they were really, niet together to form the ,r Christian Ethical Society. ,, In consequence of the smallness of the attendance and the inclement nature of the weather, it was suggested that an adjournment should be "made. This induced a discussion, after which it was agreed, the Rev. J. Hoatson having explained the object of the Society, that those present should form themselves into the Christchurch Ethical Society according to the objects, rules and conditions set forth in the pamphlet which had been Issued. ' ' In answer to a question the Rev. J. O*B. Hoare said the Society was willing to take up any work likely to be useful to man socially, intellectually and morally. One work the Provisional Committee had undertaken to do was, the holding of Saturday night entertainments for the working classes, and the first would be on Saturday, 28th inst., the performers at which would all be honorary. Mr Malcolm suggested that the matter of holding these entertainments should be postponed, as he understood the employers intended publishing a statement which would show that the. employees worked only 7| hours per day throughout the year; that their working time was less than they asked for. The Rev. Mr Isrrr thought that Mr Malcolm would withdraw the suggestion when he knew that early dosing would neither stand nor fall by the holding of these Saturday night concerts. The rev. gentleman then explained how the Ethical Society was approached in respect to the public entertainments. , . The Chairman observed that it was far from the idea of the Society to take up any party position. After some further discussion It was moved—"That the Ethical Society take up these Saturday night entertainments." The Bey. J. 08. Hoare explained that the Society was not taking over the Saturday night entertainments as. from, the Early Closing Association. .The Provisional Committee had committed itself to nothing. Mr Mjocolm was satisfied with the explanation. - The motion was seconded and carried, and the Provisional Committee was empowered to proceed with the entertainments until the Committee of the Society was appointed. -■ After a vote of thanks to the Chairman and Committee, the meeting thea adjourned until Thursday next.

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CHRISTIAN ETHICAL SOCIETY., Press, Volume XLVII, Issue 7578, 14 June 1890

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CHRISTIAN ETHICAL SOCIETY. Press, Volume XLVII, Issue 7578, 14 June 1890