Mazzini has said, "He who can spiritualize democracy...

Mazzini has said, "He who can spiritualize democracy will save the world." This is the mission of the church,— to inspire the community, the nation, the world, with the spirit of loyalty to the common welfare; in other words, to bind men together in brotherly love and mutual service. Separate sects of religion, pulling against one another, are absolutely powerless to fulfill this mission. They must unite as one inspiring body if they wish to spiritualize democracy and save the world.

Church order is only a means to an end, and those who are hindering church union by exalting some minute point of order to the position of an end in itself are dethroning Christ. On the other hand, nothing essential or practically valuable in any of the denominations should be abandoned, but should be welcomed as a contribution to enrich the comprehensive church which alone can hope to incarnate the Christ-spirit. Only the church which sets the example of overcoming divisions for the sake of the common welfare can succeed in spiritualizing democracy.

April 12, 1919
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