Signs of the Times

[Rutland (Vt.) News]

Vermont is moving steadily, albeit slowly, in the direction of church consolidation. In the past seventeen months there have been twenty-two unions or federations. All considerations of economy and efficiency dictate consolidation of religious activities in a community. Were there one half or one third of the church organizations in Vermont that there are, their work would be more resultful, doubtless. Federation of organizations differing only in nonessentials of polity or interpretations would release much real estate sequestered, would provide pastors of greater power and influence, would reduce expense. Creed and denominational lines happily are being obliterated. The living church, the living Christianity, is more and more regarded as the only thing essential. The numerous illy supported, sparsely attended churches are not consonant with these times of concentration of effort and consequent greater efficiency. May the federation efforts continue to their fullest fruition.

[E. S. Martin in New York (N. Y.) Post]

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July 5, 1919

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