The Young People in the Church
From "The Young People in the Church," September 20, 1902
What is our idea of a church? Are we simply a mutual admiration society, meeting from Sunday to Sunday to congratulate ourselves that we are not so bigoted as other people, and sigh because they are not emancipated? Or are we a mere group of sentimentalists, who meet to go into ecstasies over our beautiful faith? The grandest doctrine must have a practical side. Angels may ascend and descend upon the ladder, but the foot of that ladder must be planted in the earth. If our ideas are worth holding, they are worth spreading; they are worth building into institutions…The world will value only that which we prize ourselves.
About the Author: Marion Shutter (1853-1939) served his entire ministerial career at The Church of the Redeemer (Universalist) in Minneapolis, MN. He was a leading voice in Universalism in the early twentieth century, author of six books including Applied Evolution, Child of Nature and Wit and Humor of the Bible: A Literary Stud. He was first president of the Universalist General Convention, serving in that capacity from 1911-1915.