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Warwickshire Unitarian Tract Socitty * The Annual Mffting of the Unit a ri a > ' Tra ^ t Son fty , e ^ tab lished in Birmingham , for Warwickshire and the neig " bourng counties , yras h * lden at Hinekley , in
Leicestershire , on Wednesday , July 7 th . The devotion-1 service in the morning , was conducted iy the Rev . John Kentish , and the Rev James Tayler dlivertd a discourse * which was evidently heard with great attention ard interest , from Romans x . ii . ' For I bear them record , that they have a zeal of God . but not
according to knowledge " The objects of the sermon were , i ^ t . to e plain what is meant by a zeal of God ; 2 ndly , to poinr out when that zeal may be i * f firmed to be not according to knowledge ; and odly , to state the m tives to a zeal
of God , which is according to know ledge- It is unnecessary to enter at large into the various arguments and illustrat ons employed under each of these heads , because Mr . Tayler has k . ndly consented to furnish ihe Society with a copy of the discourse for publication .
After the usual business of ? he Society had been transacted , about forty gentle men , members and friends of the Society , dined together . Tbe following were the princr al sentiments given from the chair _ i The Urliarian Tract Society , establish d in Birm ngham , for War
wickshire and the neigh bourinyf cbun . ties . 2- The Unitarian Book Societies throughout the kingdom- 3 . The Uni - tarian Fund and Academy . 4 . The Manchester New College , removed to York , its patrons , trustees , tutors and students . Here the Rev . John
Kentish , in an eloquent and inter sting speech , point * d out the claims of the academical institution at York , upon the patronage of all who wish well to the cause of Christian truth and virtue , and congratulated the company on the great and increasing spread of Untarianisjn-not only in EngLnd , but in Scotland and America . ** Even Scotland /*
said Mr Kentish , " has been startled at the sight of an Unitarian church rising up in the bosom of her Calvinistic establishment ; and the seeds which were scattered by the storm of persecution , beyond the waves of the Atlantic , already give the promise ot a rich and abundant harvest . ' * 5 . May no weapons be employed in defence of truth ,
but reason and argument . 6 . The health of William Smith , Esq M . P . and success to his efforts for abolish in : the penal laws' against Anti-trinitarians —• 7 . Success to every legal measure , for the repeal of disabling statutes in matters of religion .
In th * evening , the Rev . George . Ken - rick , ( the younges' son of that exemplary and lamented Christian , the Rev Timothy Kenrick , of Exeter , ) conducted the d'votioitfal se vice -, and the Rev John KentUh delivered an excellent discourse from Ephesians ii . 8 . ' * By grace ye are savd , through faith : and that not
of yourse ' ves it is the gi » t of God . "The connection of the < ex . t was pointed out : the strong and distinct terms in which the apostle represents tbe Christian scheme as orig i ; ating with God , as flowing from the riches of his mercy ,
were particularly insisted on . It wa § then proposed in the 1 st place , to explain the import of the words grace andjaith ; 2 dly , to illu ^ tra e and confirm the doctrine here stated by Paul ; and : dly , to recommend the temper and c < nduct which a belief of this truth
ought in reason to produce . Ten Dissenting ministers were present at the Meeting ; the Rev . J Bull Bristowe , ot H nckley , J . H . Bransby , of Dudley , Timothy Davis , of Coventry , Timothy Davis , of Oldbury , J . Grundy ,
of Manchester J Kenrick , of York , G . Kenrick , of Che ttrfield , J . Kentish , of Birmingham , J . Owen , of L . oughborough , and J Tayler , of Nottingham . Since the last Annual Meeting of this Society , the list of its members bas received an additfonof tv \ euty-four names . JH . 8 .
General Association of the Unita * rians of Scotland . The Unitarians of Scotland having long and deeply felt the want of greater union with each other , have lately established Funds , in different parts of Scotland , to support a General Annual Association of all the Societies in that
division of the kingdom , which are agreed in the belief of the strict Unity of God-On Wrdneeday , July * 8 th , 1813 , wa » held in Edinburgh , at the Skinners ' Hall chapel , the first General Association on this plan . It was an important day . It will prove , we trutt an era ii } the history of Unitariani « n ia $ cotlaa *«
& 36 Intelligence . — Warwickshire and Scotch Unitarian Associations .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1813, page 536, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2431/page/48/