Liberal Note in Church Creed Sounded by Colorado Bishop in Address to Episcopal Council

From the Denver Post, June 1925 (exact date unknown):

Right Rev. Ingley Says Religion Avoids Narrow Position That Ignores Result of Scientific Research; Bishop Johnson Flays Modernists: Declaring that “the Episcopal church does not take a narrow position which ignores the result of scientific research,” the Rt. Rev. Fred Ingley, bishop coadjutor of the Colorado diocese, sounded a note of liberalism in church creeds for the young men of the present day in his annual address before the diocesan council at St. John’s Cathedral  Wednesday afternoon.  Ingley’s address followed that of Bishop Irving P. Johnson, in which the latter flayed the “modernists” of the present church controversy, and declared disbelief in the virgin birth of Christ “is unmoral and unscientific.”

Church Shuns Narrow Position: “The college student of today is the leader of tomorrow,” Bishop Ingley said. “They must be assured that the church’s doctrines do not hamper a spirit of honest search for the truth. The Episcopal church does not take a narrow position which ignores the result of scientific research.” Following Bishop Johnson’s discussion of the virgin birth controversy raging thruout [sic] the country in the church, Bishop Ingley did not allude directly to the disturbance. He stressed the importance of the work among the college students, and said this problem was the most important in the diocese. In reviewing the work of the church in this diocese for the last year, Bishop Ingley said there were a greater number of baptisms in 1923 than in any previous year. The lenten offering of the children of the diocese, which amounted to $6,412.05, was the largest in the entire province of the northwest, he told the council. “Colorado the best informed diocese in the American church,” was placed before the council by Bishop Ingley as a slogan for 1924. In support of the importance of this slogan, he stated that “An ounce of information was worth a ton of exhortation” and that “information is never so potent as when expressed in terms of education.”

Church Officers Are Elected: During the business session Wednesday the following church officers were elected: J. H. Bradbury, diocesan treasurer; the Rev. B. D. Dagwell, J. M. Kennedy Jr., and C. H. Hanington, members of the board of trustees; the Reb. B. D. Dagwell and H. W. Cornell, members of the ecclesiastical court; the Rev. C. H. Marshall and W. G. Grant Jr., members of the court of appeals; the Rev. H. S. Foster, the Rev. H. M. St. G. Walters, the Rev. C. H. Brady, J. W. Hudston, W. W. Grant Jr. and W. M. Spalding, members of the standing committee. Thursday morning the clergy attending the council took breakfast at St. Mark’s church, which was followed by a conference there. At 10 o’clock they adjourned to St. John’s, where the business meeting of the council was continued. Dean Duncan Browne of St. John’s opened the conference on social service as applied to church work at the morning session. Bishop James Wise of Kansas gave an address on “The Diocese and Social Service.” Miss Hutsinpillar, former secretary fo the board of charities, addressed the council on certain phases of social service work. The Rev. W. B. Shofford [sic] of Chicago, secretary of the Church League of Industrial Democracy, spoke on “The Industrial Democracy at Work.” He based his talk on personal experiences while a labor manager in the clothing industry. Problems Discussed at Banquet The members of the council attended a banquet at the Shirley-Savoy hotel Wednesday evening, at which church problems and aims were discussed. The campaign of the church to raise $2,000,000 in three years for church work was explained. The speakers included Bishop F. G. Howden of New Mexico, Bishop E. V. Shaylor of Nebraska, Bishop G. A. Beecher of western Nebraska, Bishop James Wise of Kansas, and George Nye. The following provinvial delegates to the synod to be held at Omaha in October were elected Thursday: Rectors Bell, Tinker, Murphy, O’Malley and Blodgett, and Laymen Pershing, Winne, Lindsey, Wolfe and Dobend. The council ended its meeting with a business session late Thursday.

From the Colorado Springs Gazette, June 9, 1925: SAYS CHURCH MUST HELP CONDITIONS OF OUR INDUSTRY Responsibility of employer Pointed Out by Noted Social Worker Here “Why should there be the shedding of blood in industry as there has been in national relationships?” the Rev. William B. Spofford of Chicago asked the delegates to the conference on social service work of the Episcopal church, at the meeting yesterday afternoon at the Cliff House, Manitou. The speaker went on to show that the church has a real responsibility toward employers and employees alike in helping to establish industrial justice. Altho [sic] it is the duty of the church to make certain demands of industry, Dr. Spofford feels that it has fallen down on two scores. “In the first place,” he said, “churchmen have gone into settling industrial problems half-cocked,” and he cited as an example the great enthusiasm with which church people have followed the work of Arthur “Golden Rule” Nash of Cincinnati. “People praise his work, but they are more enthusiastic than deeply informed,” Mr. Spofford said. “Mr. Nash gains his following thru emotionalism rather than by science.” Must Get to Work. “In the second place, the church has failed in industrial problems,” the speaker said, “because it has been shooting in the air. The church must get into the work itself, not leave it to others. there has been too much mere gesturing.” And he told the story of the Paterson silk strike, citing the establishment of an impartial board for the settlement of industrial disputes by the church of that city as an example of what the church can bring about in industry. Dr. Spofford’s remarks were provocative of much discussion, and one of the suggestions resulting from it was that the owners of securities in a corporation should feel some responsibility as to conditions in the factories. “The church is in a position to tell industries what they should do,” said Dr. Spofford. “The investment of religious bodies is a tremendous power, and can be wielded for the betterment of conditions in industry.” He suggested the establishment of a committee to investigate the ethical soundness of a corporation before investments be made, just as the financial soundness is investigated at present.

The meeting last night was devoted to interrelationship of the social worker and the church. Walter W. Pettit, assistant director of the New York School of Social Work, spoke on “What Has the Social Worker to Give the Church?”  The subject from the point of view of the clergyman was taken up by the Rev. Samuel Tyler, rector of St. Luke’s church of Rochester, N.Y. “Social work,” Mr. Pettit said, “has tried to interpret the meaning of the precept, `being one’s brother’s keeper,’ by the elimination of the `out-and-in group.’” He continued by saying that the church formerly stressed charity which was interpreted with the emphasis on the reaction on the individual giving aid. Social service has taken the opposite stand, according to the speaker, and, he said, “a kind heart is now considered inadequate equipment for the social worker.” For Normal Relations. Social service, Mr. Pettit said, can give to the church its method of treating each individual as a different, complex case, and its belief that the change of environment is necessary to bring about the needed change of the person helped. “The social worker,” he said, “must first establish normal group relationships and then discover social needs that need adjustment.” “The term secular, as opposed to church social service,” Dr. Tyler said, “is bad.” He proceeded to say that church has the duty of making a supplementary spiritual contribution to social work, but that social work, which deals primarily with moral and spiritual principles, cannot be separated from the church. “The church and other social agencies are coming more and more to work together, and I, for one, say let us drop the term which differentiates between them. Let the church take her place beside the other agencies in the social field, humble and eager to do the special thing for which she exists.”

The meeting this morning will be devoted to work of the diocesan departments. In the afternoon, Miss Miriam Van Waters, referee, Juvenile Court of Los Angeles, and author of the much-discussed book “Youth in Conflict,” will speak on “Delinquency,” and James H. Pershing of Denver, will talk on “Dependency.”

Two-Day Program The program for today and tomorrow follows: Tuesday. Morning, 9:30 o’clock–Parallel sessions of groups and of executive body of accredited delegates, open to all. Group meetings of church organizations. Executive body– (1) “How Can We Use the Individual Members of the Diocesan Departments?” Rev. E. S. [ ], rector of [ ] Church [ ] Communi[ ] [ ] Work.” Rev. C. Rankin Barnes, rector of St. James church, South Pasadena, Calif. (3) “Social Service Devotions,” Rev. Julius C. H. Sauber, secretary of the department of social service, diocese of Pittsburgh. Afternoon, 2:30 o’clock–”The Broken Home,” from the point of view of : (1) “Dependency,” Mr. James H. Pershing. (2) “Delinquency,” Miss Miriam Van Waters, PhD, referee, Juvenile Court, Los Angeles, Calif. Wednesday Morning, 9:30 o’clock– Reports from group conferences. Address on “Seamen’s Church Institute,” Rev. William T. Weston, general secretary. Address on “City Missions,” Rev. Alfred S. Priddie, civic chaplain, Buffalo, N.Y.