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ANGLICAN SYNOD.

After wc went to press yesterday the thanks of the Synod were given to the bishop for his address.

The following officers were appointed Clerical secretary, the Rev. William RonalA son ; lay secretary, General Fulton ; chairman of committees, Mr R. H. Leary. It was agreed that the hour of meeting be--4 p.m. daily (Saturdays and Sundays excepted), with an adjournment at 5.45 p.m. to 7-30 p.m., and that the sitting be then continued until such time as the adjournment is moved.

The Rev. A. R. Fitchctt was given leave to introduce bills to amend statutes Nos. 1 to 6. The bills were read »■ first time, and notice of motion was given that they would be read a second timo next d.ty and considered in committee.

It was decided that the Synod meet at 11 a.m. to-day for the purpose of receiving a deputation from the Presbyterian SynocT.

DENTATION FROM THK FKEKIIVTEKIAN SYNOD.

At the appointed time this morning the deputation from the Presbyterian Synod, consisting of the moderator (the Rev. G. Hall), the Rev. Dr Stuart, and Mr E. B. CargilJ, were in attendance, and were introduced to the Bishop by the Rev. W. Ronaldson.

The Bishop said: Gentlemen, yoa are aware that we are met together this morning for the special purpose of receiving a deputation from the Presbyterian Synod. I may announce to you that the moderator of that Synod has placed in my hands the resolution on which the deputation are acting. That resolution is as follows:—"Wednesday, November 6, 1889. The Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Otago and Southland met and was constituted. Inter cUia it was unanimously agreed that the Synod send Christian greeting to the Episcopal Synod about to sit in Dunedin, and wish them God-speed in their endeavor to advance tho Kingdom of God in the land ; and appoint the moderator, Dr Stuart, and Mr E. £. Cargill a deputation to present such greeting." I may say that we are most happy indeed to meet our brethren, and shall be specially pleased to hear anything they may have to say to us.—(Applause). Rev. G. Hah, said that the paper just read sufficiently explained the presence of the deputation. They were there to present the cordial greetings of the Presbyterian Synod. To him personally this duty was indeed a very great pleasure. It revived his recollections of olden times. For thirty years or more he had the privilege of laboring as a missionary in India, and in that land they found that, when face to face with a tremendous syßtcm of idolatry, the slight differences between the two churches had to be forgotten, and that as Christians it was their duty to stand shoulder to shoulder in support of God's cause. It had been bis (Mr Hall's) privilege to enjoy the friendship of Bishop Caldwell and Bishop Sergeant in India —he had been tho guest of both these worthy bishops; when in Madras he was brought into almost constant communication with the honored Bishop Jell, and for some years was connected with the Bible Society of which Bishop Jell was president; and could look back upon the time when one of his best friends was the Rev. R. Simmonds, who was for many years secretary to the Society for Propagating the Gospel in South India. With these pleasant recollections in his mind he (Mr Hall) had very great and peculiar pleasure in being present to convey the hearty greetings ot the Presbyterian Synod. He remembered that while Bishop Wilson was in India he was on one occasion applied to in connection with the society then being formed for aiding the cause in that land —the Christian Vernacular Education Society; and in giving that society his aid he commended to their use as a motto the text: "Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing." Bishop Wilson preached from that text, and Christians of all classes in India were moved to keep that motto before them, anu to forget, so to speak, their minor differences, and think chiefly, if not exclusively, of thoße great matters on which they were all agreed, laboring together for the one common object. So, as he (Mr Hall) had said before, it revived pleasant recollections of olden times to present the fraternal greetings with which the deputation were charged. Being a comparative stranger, he would not take up the time of the Synod any further, but would leave to Dr Stuart and Mr Cargill, who knew all about New Zealand affairs, the task of conveying more fully the message the deputation had to convey.—(Applause.)

Rev. Dr Stuart said that the views of the reformed churcheß holding the Presbyterian system on the desirableness and importance of fraternal recognition and cooperation on common grounds, nnd for common objects, \yiLh all branches of the Anglican communion might ho gathered lrom tha following resolution of the alliance

r>f the Reformed Churches at its meeting in Loudon in July of last year, and torwarded to the Lambeth Conference of Bishops mooting at the same time in the metropolis: —"The Council having learned with interest that a conference of bishops of the Anglican communion is being held in our oity, cannot separate without placing on record its fraternal recognition of all branches of the Anglican communion,

as sister churches of Christ, its dc nirc to maintain friendly relations with their clergy and people all over the world, and. its humble prayer to Almighty God that Ho would bo pleased to bless the bishops met in conference and guide their deliberations, to the spiritual welfare of His church universal and the glory of His holy name." In tho speeches made in support of this resolution it was said : "Wo do not want our Christian associations and friendships to wait until we have all arrived at the same ministration of Christianity, when under many ministrations and operations there is one Spirit at work," It would be recognised that in tho truths which were received by tho Presbyterian as heartily as by tho Anglican communion there was a sufficient ground for a large measure of fraternal cooperation in many directions viz., the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments the rule and ultimate standard of faith and manners the Apostles' Creed and tho Nicene Creed, the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper ordained by Christ Himself and tho Episcopate—for Presbyterians were also an episcopal church, and exercised superintendence. It was to the churches of tho Presbyterian order, as it was to the churches of the Anglican order, a pleasure and a duty to steadily aim, if not at organic union, at least at such a measure of fraternal recognition and co-operation as would tend to make their respective forces i more efficient for hastening on the divine object of our Lord's intercessory prayer on the eve of His death—that all Christians "may be one, even as Ho is one with the Father." Ho (Dr Stuart) acknowledged with pleasure that even now there was a measure of practical co-operation in Christian work. * Many years ago Archdeacon Fenton placed his churches at his (Dr Stuart's) disposal for the celebration of divine worship; and he (Dr Stuart) remembered that at Waikouaiti Archdeacon Fenton not only provided the Presbyterians with tho communion elements, but hospitably entertained himself (Dr Stuart) and others at the close of the service. He should never forget the kindness of the archdeacon in this and in dispensing the sacrament of baptism to the children of Presbyterian parents without binding them to bring their children up in the Anglican Church. He would also say that he was sure nothing but good could come from tho report of tho Lambeth Conference's Committee on Home Reunion, of which Bishop Barry (late of Sydney) was chairman a man distinguished for his scholarship and his passion for the greater efficiency and prosperity of the churches of Christ. If the churches were to make headway against the forces of secularism and quasi-infidelity, the churches must not keep too much aloof from each other. If they were wisely and roperly organised, he (Dr Stuart) pre dieted that there was a bright day in store for the Christian churches of New Zealand. Mr Cargill said that after the addresses of his fellow members it was not necessary that he should say more than a word or two. He knew that the bishop whom they were addressing had the warmest sympathy towards these fraternal interchanges, for he had never failed when opportunity occurred to express and show his desiro for co-operation and mutual encouragement between the churches. He had proved that again and again. For himself, he (Mr Cargill). as a lay member, was sure that he was expressing the sentiment that pervaded the entire body to which he belonged in saying that, while they did not as yet seo the probability of actual union, there were bo many things in common between the churches that a very strong feeling prevailed that it were well to find out wherein they could co-operate with mutual advantage. He desired to strongly support the expressions of good-will that had fallen from the previous speakers. The Bishop of Dunelun said he could wish that it had fallen to someone moro able ; than himsolf to reply to tho addresses of the ' deputation. Ho would, however, endeavor ( to return as cordially as ho could the exceedingly kind and Christian sentiments the Synod had had the honor of receiving. The words that had fallen from the deputation had entered his heart. He had always felt it to be a matter on which ho might congratulate himself individually that he had the society of a communion so nearly re- , scmbling the Church of England in many ways as the Presbyterian Church. The longer ho was hero the moro he learned to Jovo the members of that church. And as the deputation came as representing the Presbyterian Synod, it would, perhapß, be allowed to him to say that from the published reports it appeared that that Synod observed very closely the method of procedure in force in the Anglican Synod; and it was the greatest gratification and assistance in their work that the communion of the Church of England recognised the sincerity of purpose and the singleness of heart with which the Presbyterians pursued the object of all objects—the furtherance of the cause of vital religion. It gave him especial pleasure to seo tho prominence given to family religion. That was a subject which ought ever to be kept in mind by all who desired to see Christianity extending itself; it could only properly extend itse'f by the assistance of family influence. Referring to the project for union spoken of by Dr Stuart, he (the bishop) soid that there had been a movement on foot with that object, and in Scotland Bishop Wordsworth bad interested himself in tho matter. It was felt that tho time was not quite ripe for tho scheme. That might be so, but the very desire for it on the part of both churches was a step towards the attainment of the end in view ; and he regarded the presence of the deputation as a step towards the attainment of that without which corporate reunion would be a curse instead of a blessing—viz., the growth of a mutual Christian love. They must all endeavor to promote the growth of that love, in order that unitedly they might drive back the forces of infidelity, and not only as a defensive measure, but that they might also be instrumental in bringing about the spread of our Lord's kingdom. He thanked God that it had como into tho hearts of the members of the deputation to express this desire for the mutual co-opera-tion of the churches, and from the botto.-n of his heart he reciprocated the feelings of regard which had been given utterance to. In conclusion, he should take it as a favor if the members of the deputation would each accept a copy of the prayers drawn up by tho Home Reunion Society, and which had received the sanction of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and if the recipients would use tViem as they could be used it would be some advance towards tho attainment of the object they all so heartily desired. His Lordship then handed to each of the deputation a copy of the prayers referred to, and the deputation withdrew.

AFTERNOON SITTING. The Synod resumed its sitting lit four o'clock this afternoon.

It was intimated that a letter had been received from the secrotary of the Athenteuui inviting membere of S.vnod to use tho reading-room during tho session. Mr R. J. Gairdner, manager of the Bible and Tract Society's Depot, also wrote to the effect that 'there was a room in the depot for the use of members who wished convenience for writing letters, etc. His Lokdship laid upon the table the various documents mentioned in his address

-viz., resolutions and report from tho Lambeth Conference, returns from tho archdeacons of the various dioceses (excepting Invercargill), and the report of the theological tutor, and an account of the examinations of the Board of Theological Studios.

His Lordship said that there was an "mission in his address in that part recounting the various works in different parts of th? diocese since last session. He had ud-R.«.-.:ountaMy omitted to record the very rxcollnnt work done by a very few people in the southern part of the diocese, at Ryal Bush, where a very few persons. Mime ff tiirm not churchmen, had udded ;i.;ty sittinga to the small church there. He now doeired to rectify the omission, and Would add that the extension had been paid

fi>r. J lis Lordship went on to say that it had been brought to his notice that it was poasiblo that some remarks which he made iu connection with the Rev. Mr Hobbs were capable of an interpretation which ho (the speaker) might say had never entered into his mind. Ho had taken Mr Hobbs's case simply as illustrating a larger question. The word "stigma" might to some minds convey the impression that Mr Hobbs had been accused of something wrong in a moral direction. All that was alluded to was a stigma of an ecclesiastical character, such as he (the speaker) should not consider a stigmaatall. He regretted that he had used that word, inasmuch as it was capable of that interpretation. It was impossible that any stigma of a moral character could attach to Mr Hobbs.— (Applause.) On the motion of Archdeacon Eow Alius, seconded by Mr Leaky, it was unanimously resolved —"That this Synod desires to record its great appreciation of the services of Mr H. J. Ainger, and to express its regret at the loss of such services by his removal to Christchurch."

Mr J. AsliOßOi'T moved the adjournment of the Svnod for the purpoec of _ obtaining an opportunity of criticising His Lordship's remarks as to the causes which led to the resignation by the Rev. Mr Kerkham of tho Roslyn incumbency. Our report of Mr Ashoroft's speech and His Lordship's reply is necessarily held over.

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ANGLICAN SYNOD., Issue 8058, 7 November 1889

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ANGLICAN SYNOD. Issue 8058, 7 November 1889

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