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SECOND DOMINION CONFERENCE. The <s«:oiul Dominion Conference of Sunday M--11001 superintendents, teachers, and Assembly delegate* was opened in First Church Hall nV 7 o'clock Wt night, after tho delegates had been entertained at tea. The attendant-?- numbered about 100 <>r more. Tlie Rev. -\. Grant, of Dannevirke. who is Moderator-elect of the General Assembly, opened the conference with a few remarks, in which he saitl that they were met in accordance with a resolution of tho Sunday schools teachers' conference in Oainaru las!. Ea.-tor. He wished the conference Miivrs-. It was nceest-nry for the Church to look to its childron. The Sunday school was the nursery and tho hope of tho Church. Mr Grant conducted the opening exercises, and then handed over the management of the meeting to Mr 11. Duncan, who was acquainted with the programme and its nature. Mr Duncan said that as the Rev. John Mackenzie had been cnlW away and the acting-convener had been detained, the management of the conference was in the hands of the Dunedin Sabbath Schools Association. The object was not so much to make speeches as to get. the collective wis. don- of the delegates as to Sunday sche*>! work. Mr 11. Rlair moved the lirst motion—- "• That the Youth Committee, urge ail piesbytcries to establish Sabbath school associations." He argued from experience that such an arrangement would give breadth and intensity. 'What was wanted was the world view and the intensity along with it. Rev. H. IT. Barton asked how many associations there wore in New Zealand, and i-pmeoiie answered that there* wore seven.— The motion was carried on the voices . The second question. "The federation of tht-> prcsbyterial asf ociations into a- Dominion Union," was introduced by Mr J. Rodman, who moved—"That it* be a- unanimous recommendation jj om this meeting to the Youth of the Church Committee, that a Dominion union be formed, with the hope that it v ill foster and stimulate the growth and usefulness not only of associations already in existence, but of those likely 10 be'formed in the. future."—Questions arot-c as to bow •such a. scheme would operate, and how the union should be conslinited. One delegate asked whether there was not a risk that, such a union would drift into a more Wellington affair Rev. H. 11. Darton moved an an amendment—"That this conference appoint a committee to consider the whole question and report to the Sunehy school associations now in existence ar.d to the roriferoiiiv to be held at Mart on at Easter."--Rev. A. Don asked whether ii was not merelv a recommendation that they we;«-ask.-d' to adopt. —The Chairman said that v, n> so.--Rev. Mr Don said that that beii:- .-> they n]j._'ht safely affirm the princip'e. lie took it th"'y were not_ at, pies-'e; preparefi to foim a union.—After further discussion. V- was resolved to carry tic mot:on and adopt Mr Barton'c amendment as a first ste;> towards carrying it nut. Rev. H. H. Rat ton moved—" Tliafc "lie Youth of the Church Committee he asked to take into considoT.ition the matter o: appoint imr a director of religious education whin tho" way is open." He also suggistcd. but not ns part of the. motion, thai, the various Sunday schools be approa-ched v. itii. the object of finding out what rial aw:?ranee they were likely to give 'owardt ih" salary —One or two speakers questioned the wisdom of asking the child:en for anther contributions. -Professor Hewitson asked whoiein the duties of 'Jo director would differ from duties already undertaken. —Nobody seemed abb to reply. Professo:- Hewitson suc-gestod that thev should wait and watch the results of such an appointment, in Victoria.—Tt was eventually resolved to refer the question to tho conference, and thai the executive 01 the local Sunday school association be instructed to obtain information. Mr I). Todd moved —"That the whole, question of Sunday school examinations li« ■z<<\w into and special attention given to tile points Scripture rnr-morisiiiir in the examination .scheme: (2) the history, harlens. and achievements <d (lie Presbyterian Church as a subject for study."—Tire, first cla-u=e was eorrixl. 'J ho second clause caused <li--(ti.cion. Rev. U. )!. iriay paid thai with no m the <-<:lkk is an-:l very little of it in the homes it. seemed to him that none of th'i time of the Sundav school should he diverted from Rible. study, oven for such an important- matter as Presbyterian history. This opinion led to furthei lif.t.bts and differences, in the course, ct v.freh a delegate said he held that isuch sti.dy should be confined to senior scholars and not disturb other study. Rev. J. C. J.-.mieson said that this study was intended simply for tho senior scholars, and it, would be for cveiy c-chool to decide for itself the manner of the study —After much speaking, tho conference resolved •unanimouslv. as a solution of what reemed to be a. problem—"That it he a recommendation to thi Vowth of the ('here!; Commit-too to consider what. w:;y is the- best to jester an interest in tho history, load'-rs. and achievements 01 the Presbyterian Chui'h." Rev. ,f. ('. .lamieson spoke at length on the question of graded lessons, mentionirie and; explaining the four chief systems now in use. and noting the merits and demerits of eacn, and be then moved—- " Whereas it is probable that a. considerahlo number of our schools will adopt some system of g.'.eb'd lessons, and wheroa.s it is: desirable thai they shall all use the same system, this conference, now resolve to appoint, a special committee to investigate the various systems and report to the Easter Conference with a. view to the I'iastjr conterenee. requesting the .Wemblv <>f 1915. thioiigh the Youth Committee, to i;ive otlicial sanction to a suitable scheme i>i graded lessons."—Rev. D. K. Fisher seconded, and the motion was carried. The conference named as the- committee I'iofessor Hewitson. the Rev. Messrs Jupp, liarton. and Jamieson. Messrs Beath, Duncan, Reid. Kennedy. Cameron. and M'Cratken, Misses Low. Mackenzie, and Rylston, and two lady teachers of senior classes. Mr .1. Reid. R.A..brought forward a proposal for a strong forward move to establish a primary department in every school, and to that end moved—" (1) That the Commit tee .i reed a rise, all schools 011 tho matter; {?,) that a list of honorary advisers, skilled in this work, to whom schools coul.l apply for information, be supplied to all school's ; (3) that if an appointment he made of a travelling expert, the primary needs be kept in view in his or her select io'n." The mover plea-ctecl for beautiful 6urroun.-V.ngs ior the wee children—the best part of the school and the brighte£i —>j r A. Martin seconded, and alter a, short but spirited discussion the motion ■was carried. At 10 p.m. the Chairman took a vote on the question of continuing the conference til? next day. and as a result it, was decided to meet again at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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PRESBYTERIAN SUNDAY SCHOOLS, Evening Star, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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PRESBYTERIAN SUNDAY SCHOOLS Evening Star, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914