The fifteenth annual conference of eastern college men on the Christian ministry ended last night with a discussion at the Phillips Brooks House on "The Christian Ministry and-the Social Problems." Together with the University men who attended at one time or another, the conference was, at almost every meeting, attended by well over 100 delegates.
A devotional service at 9 o'clock Saturday in the chapel of the Harvard Divinity School was immediately followed by a conference period in the Phillips Brooks House. "What Constitutes a Call to the Ministry" was the subject of an address by the Reverend Charles Park, minister of the First Unitarian Church in Boston. He dwelt mainly on the aims of the ministry and the ways of attaining it, which are two: in a spiritual way, by establishing a relation between man and God, and in a practical way by making more just, equitable and rich this earthly life.
"The Minister's Opportunities for Usefulness" was considered at the same session from three different angles. The Reverend Willard Learoyd Sperry looked at the subject from the viewpoint of the Preacher, emphasizing the man-sized job before a minister. The student's view on this general subject was taken by the Reverend George Thomas Smart '95 of the Newton Highlands Congregational Church. His position was that the diversity of the field of study open to one in the ministry is the basis for opportunities of usefulness. The Very Reverend Edmund Swett Rousmaniere '83, Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, considered the subject from the position of a Pastor, dwelling especially or the human side of a Pastor's work.
All of these men treated the subject differently, but all came to conclusions that had many things in common; that for satisfaction to be got out of a profession, the Christian ministry is unsurpassed; that for joy in accomplishing things and in gratitude for things accomplished the ministry is the richest field of all.
The Reverend John Merrill President of the Central Turkey College, Aintab, Turkey, was the only speaker in the evening conference at the Phillips Brooks House. Mr. Merrill is well qualified to discuss his subject, "The Christian Ministry and the World's Need" because of his close connection with two most pressing problems, the Near Eastern and the Moslem question. In his talk he brought in his experiences in close contact with these problems, and used them to show that because of his peculiarly marked position, a Christian Missionary is the best equipped man to cope with such difficulties. The religious question is to the foreground in Moslem countries, and missionaries are but starting a structure that will last through the ages.
Two services which the delegates attended en masse yesterday morning were followed in the afternoon by a period for discussion and questions in the Phillips Brooks House, at which the Reverend George Edwin Hoar, president of Newton Theological Institution, presided.
At the last session of the conference, "The Christian Ministry and the Social Problems" was the subject for discussion by three professors in the University. Professor Kirsopp Lake of the Divinity School emphasized the point that a minister should be a leader rather than a representative in coping with social problems. He was seconded by Professor W. H. P. Hatch, who also said that all social, political and economic questions are fundamentally ethical and that all ethical questions are religious; therefore the minister has a supreme opportunity in striking at social problems. Professor Daniel Evans of the Andover Theological Seminary said that a real religion must create social problems; that the rise of such problems was the result of social forces; that therefore the power of religion and an outspoken Christian Ministry in the world is immeasurable