The “ Permanent ” movement
A meeting of clergymen and laymen took place, April 7th, at Spingler Institute, to devise means to perpetuate the present union of Christian effort among the various denominations of the city, to bring religion within the reach of the multitudes who are now practically excluded by their condition and habits from existing avenues. It was finally, after a protracted debate, resolved that the whole subject matter he referred back to the committee, Dr. Peck, chairman, by whom the present meeting had been called, for the presentation of a more definite plan of action before a fuller representation of the clergy and laity of the various denominations, at a meeting to be called again soon by the committee.
At the last meeting, held on the 7th inst., the committee previously appointed made a report, proposing that under the supervision of a committee of ministers and laymen from each of the denominations interested, “the churches be united in additional efforts for the salvation of souls, by opening and sustaining places of worship, where they are needed, for the benefit of the destitute; and it is recommended that the committee purchase and fit up a tent, which may be located, at different times, in such places as they shall deem best for the purposes specified; to provide preaching in such tent at least once on the Sabbath, by ministers of the different evangelical denominations, alternating as regularly as practicable; and establish Sunday Schools, and appoint Union prayer-meetings and other religious services.”
At a recent meeting of the Young Men’s Christian Association connected with the North Presbyterian Church (Rev. Dr. E. F. Hatfield’s), corner of Ninth avenue and Thirty-first street, it was arranged to make a thorough canvass of the Sixteenth and Twentieth wards, with a view to aid in the promotion of the revival of religion manifesting itself in that portion of the city. Accordingly, about forty young men, members of that Association, entered into the work.