74 Separation or Continuity, Which?
NO CHANGE. BUT RECOGNITION.
"In reply to the question you have asked. Perhaps the
best thing I can say is that in my own country distinctions
based on color are unknown, and a step such as your question
contemplates, especially if taken by the Methodist Church,.
would strike us not only as a retrograde movement, but one
wholly out of line with their traditions, principles and pur¬
poses as understood by us." Isabel Somerset.
In regards to the colored members of the Methodist Episco¬
pal Church withdrawing from the Methodist Episcopal Church
to form a seperate church especially for themselves, my first
and my second thought is that it would be an unmixed evil. In
spite of the mean prejudice and its slow destruction, it is being
destroyed. The colored people need the advantage which
comes by contact with a race that has had a better chance
than they have had. There are thousands of men and women in
the Methodist Episcopal Church who are ready now to welcome
the colored members to equal rights. They will be in a
majority one of these days, and then there will be, can be, no
cause so complain. Lucy Stone.
My impression would be that the Church had concluded,
first, that policy demanded (very properly) the immediate dis¬
severance of all connection between Christ and itself; that His
teachings had become obsolete well enough for the Dark Agesr
but entirely too crude for the enlightenment of the nineteenth
century; that submission to the world and its edicts was more
profitable than obedience to God. The logic of such action
would require two heavens, no one being large enough for both
white and black souls possibly, however, the thought is, hell
will do reasonably well for the black. Wm. P. Frve.