5<S Separation or Continuity, Which?
known her desires to all with whom she is specially concerned. If
her history does not represent her conviction it is only a matter of
time and her inward desire shall be revealed. The Church has no
need to be depressed on account of any of her constituency. Is it
true that the Church is so hampered by the presence of the colored
man that for the time being she is compelled to be insincere and
that separation and union are the only deliverance ?
(7.) It would improve the condition of the colored man. Surely
the Bishop does not mean that the union of the Methodist Epis¬
copal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church South would
improve the condition of the colored people, intellectually,
religiously, socially and financiall;' The colored people still need
the instruction ot their white brethren in. the higher realms of
education. They are not in a condition to secure by their own
efforts all the appliances necessary to make them the equal of the
whites. They still need the same advantages enjoyed by their
white brethren. They can never get them in the United States if
the two races become separated in church and church privileges.
The doors will be closed against us in all the noted Theological
Seminaries, Colleges and Universities The inspiration of noble
Christian example as seen in many of our white brethren in their
manner of worship, their devotion to the cause of God, their life
and philanthropic spirit, would be cut off from a people who
really need it in order that they may develop into the highest
form of Christian life and usefulness.
(8.) It would multiply friends to the colored man everywhere.
The facts of separation and union in the past seem to indicate
results just to the contrary The colored people who were once
connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church South now exist
as a distinct body, known as the Colored Methodist Episcopa
Church in America, are a living example as to the multiplied