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" Quaker" Public Meeting


Quaker" Public Meeting AT LLANDRINDOD WELLS. Hereford and Radnor Monthly Meeting oi the Society of Friends was held at the Meeting House, Llandrindod Wells, on Wednesday, when there were Friends present from Leominster, Hereford, Penybont, Llanyre and Llandrindod Wells. Delegates were entertained to lunch and tea by the local friends. At a meeting for wor- ship, with which the proceedings commenced, addresses were given by Miss II. M. Newman (Leominster) and Mr W. H. Bruton (Hereford). The meeting for church business and discipline 'followed, when the clerk (Mr C. M. Binyon) pre- sided. In the evening there was a public meeting for the discussion of the war and the social order. Mr C. M. Binyon presided, and there was a fair attendance, having regard to the wintry weather and the fact that there were three other Nonconformist gatherings the same evening. The chairman said they had met to discuss some of the social problems which many felt were at the root of this war and all war. In trade, commerce, and international affairs the spirit of greed and of selfishness seemed to enter in in all kinds of ways, and so deeply that many felt that it was one of the root causes of war. Miss Newman (daughter of the late Mr Henry Stanley Newman, a very well known Friend, and the present hon. secretary of the Friends' Social Union) said the Society of Friends was never in greater difficulty over its peace testimony than at the present time. There had been in some quar- ters a tendency to point the finger of scorn, and to suggest that Friends were a pretty comfort- able section of the community, who had feathered their own nest pretty well. To a certain extent, it was true that Friends had not given their best and dearest for the war as a great many others had done. To a certain extent, it was also true that they were a comfortably off body, and, there- fore, the question must come home to them as Friends whether they were going to accept that kind of position and attitude. Were they going to be eon tent with things as they were, or had they some service that they could give the nation? And were they going to be content with any ser- vice they could give at the present time which was unworthy of comparison with the service of the men who were offering their service to the nation in other ways? Ought not their service to their country to demand as much from them as that which was so cheerfully being given by others in a different direction? They still held that war was the denial of human brotherhood, and that Christianity meant human brotherhood. Human brotherhood was broken by the war which was going on, but it was broken there because it had first been broken in many other different direc- tions which had to do with their social order and their social relationships. It was this which had produced a state which made nations very ready to go to war with each other. If war were to be stopped, they must get behind its causes, and think out some of the problems involved and seek for a remedy for the things which brought war conditions about. The war had forced them to think about many things which, perhaps, they had not thought about as much as they should before. The very needs of their country were pressing upon them the need for a greater sim- plicity of life and for economy. Many of their present evils were not caused by the war, but the war had brought them closer home, and after the war they would become more intense than ever. The experiences which were being forced upon them by the war should not be looked upon as grim necessities, 'but as things which rightly handled might help to promote better understand- ings in life and the advantage.of the community as a whole. One of the things they were realising was that great national wealth lay embedded in human life. They all deplored the awful loss of human life to-day, but before the war broke out there were many people who were set aside as of little account, but who were now being turned to account because the nation found it needed them. These people ought to be of use and service to the nation whether there was a war or not. The State should always make the best use it could of all its resources. They who were working and studying along these lines had no hope of revolu- tionising society all at once, or even their own little society, though they did hope to accomplish something in the latter direction. They at least hoped that they would get these subjects thought about a little more, and that was how human pro- gress was brought about. They wanted these questions taken up not only by Socialists and the Independent Labour Party, who might be doing a very good work, but also by Christian people, and the members of the Churches. Miss Newman passed on to tell of the work of Friends' commit- tees in dealing with these problems, and to sketch the work which they had set before them- selves, and, proceeding, she mentioned that war was a great tester of things. Their Christian re- ligion was being severely tested amongst many other things. Many people were beginning to feel that their religion had not stood them in good stead in these bad times. They were being asked if Christianity were bankrupt? Had it gone to pieces? 'Many people were treating it as if it had. They did not at all .agree, but they who belonged to Christian Churches must feel that Christianity had got to mean far more in the future than it had in" the past. The demand for it was far greater, and Christianity must make far greater demands upon them. It was what the world wanted, and was what they could not do without. They were beginning to realise that more than ever. Were they as Christian people and as Christian Churches going to rise above the mere outside organisation of their Churches, and to prove to the people that the Christian religion did matter, and that it in- volved the whole of life in its scope. Were they prepared for a Christianity which was going to deal with every part of their lives? Rev. Wm. Temple had said that their Christianity was not worth much unless it had really frightened them. TJhey ought to realise what a tremendous thing Christianity was, and what it really meant to them if they would really follow it out. If they realised this, Christianity would tell in every part of their lives. It would not be a, superfluity, hut something which they would all endeavour to translate into their lives. "Life and religion were one, or neither of them was anything." Questions were invited, but as none were forth- coming, the meeting closed with thanks to the speakers, expressed by the chairman.

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