Liverpool and Birkenhead Group.—June 15th, many of the group were unavoidably absent, nevertheless those present enjoyed some happy discussion on spiritual subjects. Two papers were read on "Recreation," both of them throwing fresh light on the subject, and helping different members in different ways. A visitor to the Group said in a few powerful words that while the theory and beautiful thoughts that had found expression that afternoon were to be appreciated, he felt there was a crying need for the doing of something practical to reduce the suffering and evil rampant in the world.
July 11th, a member read an interesting and most helpful paper (suggested by Francis S. Blizard's article in July issue of "The Light of Reason") on "The necessity for Individual effort to bring our spiritual ideals to practical issues," pointing out that the conception of our divine origin and spiritual constitution was a motive force which if steadily and conscientiously brought out into manifestation on the physical plane, must inevitably lead mankind to the development of unlimited powers and to a life of exceeding beauty and strength. The secretary then read a devout and spiritual meditation by G. C. Douglas on the "Conception of Christ in Consciousness," with the purpose of , assisting all present to enter into fuller realization of their spiritual unity with "The Father" and concluded the meeting by reading a stirring article from "Mind" on "Love and Service."
The next meeting owing to absence from home, will not take place until Monday, 14th September. Suggested subject "How to reconcile unselfishness with one's duty to oneself." —A.C. Duckworth, Secretary.
Birmingham Group. —At our June meeting the Secretary read a short paper on "Quiet," descriptive of the advantages of quiet surroundings, and the necessity of internal quietude within ourselves. In the conversation which followed it was pointed out how we should strive to rise above the noises and disturbances which sometimes surround us, and thus make our own environment independent of circumstances which would otherwise be hindrances to our spiritual progress.
July 11th, The Secretary read a paper on "Art and its influence," after which a long and interesting discussion followed. Our Treasurer and Librarian Miss M.V. Gilbert, tendered her resignation—owing to change of residence—which was accepted with general regret. —Francis S. Blizard, Secretary.
North London Group.—At our meeting held on June 24th, a discussion was opened on the subject—"Non-resistance to Evil." Many interesting points were raised, and amongst other things the danger of developing a meekness that should really be styled "weakness" was dealt with. It was generally agreed that the true application of the principle of non-resistance in every-day life meant increasing power. Let real love be the motive that prompted every thought and act in our relationship with men and things, and we should no longer have any difficulty in applying this principle.
On July 8th, we took a ramble in Epping Forest. Starting from Chingford about 4:30 we made our way by shady paths (for the afternoon was very hot) to the King's Oak. Here, departing from our usual custom (i.e. a picnic), we had tea in the Tea Gardens. The walk back to Chingford was by a different route so that we could obtain a view from the hills as the sun went down. - Harry J, Stone, Hon. Secretary.
West London Group.—June 24th, Miss Allum read a paper on "Thoughts of God and the Universe." The subject was very ably dealt with, as old truths were placed before us in such a clear and concise manner that the least amongst us could understand. A helpful discussion followed. Messrs. Leigh and Stone spoke at some length on the question. The inclemency of the weather on the 17th prevented the usual number of members joining the accustomed ramble, three only meeting and discoursing profitably together.
July 6th, Miss M. L. C. Ewen read a paper on "Glimpses of Concentration." It was original in character and demonstration; she very ably leading our members to mark, learn, and inwardly digest her methods for obtaining the power to concentrate. Mr. Page stated that if vital force is lacking through a badly-sustained physical structure, neither child nor man can work properly or concentrate. The attendance was excellent, notwithstanding the heat of the evening. —Louise Clow, Secretary.
Home Group, Ilfracombe.—On June 23rd, Mr. Allen addressed the meeting on "Calmness." He showed the necessity for acquiring calmness of mind, both for one's own happiness and the good of the world. The tendencies of mind which prevent its acquirement were first dealt with, and then the course of thought and action by which it is developed were explained. In the intelligent conversation which followed, the quality of calmness was approached and dealt with in a variety of ways.
July 7th was a social evening.
Alternate Fridays are now devoted to the spiritual study of portions of English literature.
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