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The "Light of Reason" Gatherings

The first meeting of the Liverpool and Birkenhead Group took place at the residence of Miss Baxter, on December 7th, when a definite course of action for future meetings was arranged. One of the members read a paper bearing upon "The recognition of man's Divine Sonship, or the practical identity of the human and Diving Spirit, or the practical identity of the human and Diving Spirit." Confirmative quotations were given from the Upanishads, Plato, Philo, Origen, Athanasius, Max Muller, Henry Wood, Charles Newcomb, and St. John's Gospel. Reference was also made to the article, "God and Man" in the September (1903) issue of The Light of Reason.

The second meeting was held on January the 4th, when Miss Anna K. Holdem read an excellent paper on "Matter and Spirit," in which she spoke of the spiritual unity of all things, including so-called "dead matter," and of the growing power and accumulating revelations of Natural Science. One of Sir Oliver Lodge's articles, entitled "Where Science Stands Today," and the first chapter from "The Will to be Well," were also read. The secretary of this Group is Mrs. Duckworth, The Heys, Eastham, near Birkenhead.

At the usual meeting of the Birmingham Group at the Pitman Hotel on December the 8th, Mr. Francis Blizard read a very thoughtful paper on "Appreciation," in which he referred to the necessity of appreciating the work of others, although it might differ greatly from ours, of putting aside censure, dislike, and prejudice, and so enabling oneself to see that which is good and valuable in others, instead of cramping one's soul by narrowness, selfishness, and apathy. A short paper was also read by Mr. J. S. Akehurst. The Secretary of this Group (which meets on the second Tuesday in each month, and not, as stated in our last issue, on the first Tuesday), is Mr. Francis S. Blizard, 213, Heathfield Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, to whom those wishing to join may apply.

Mr. Akehurst conducted the meeting on January the 12th, and dealt with the direction and control of one's thought-forces, and the scientific laws governing the same. Three additional members were enrolled.

At the meeting of the West London Group on December the 15th, Mrs. Chase read and excellent paper on "Attitude," in which she elucidated the right attitude of mind to be adopted towards evil. In the conversation which followed, faith and self-reliance were discussed.

On January the 9th, Mr. Harry Stone read a very excellent paper to the members of the North London Group. The Secretary requested all the members to come to the February meeting prepared with practical suggestions for the future work of the circle.

The Liverpool, Birmingham, and two London Groups have all decided to meet monthly.

A Group is formed in Newcastle-on-Tyne.

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