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Letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Karl R. Alden, 1921-01-10

Identifier: RG.004.01

Scope and Contents

Typed letter from N.D. Pendleton to Rev. Karl R. Alden in Toronto, Canada. General Church letterhead. Copy attached. Pendleton acknowledges Alden's letter of Jan 5th, in which Alden reports that the people of the Toronto society are raising more money than ever, and that doctrinal classes are well attended. Pendleton advises Alden to avoid the common mistake of attempting to think for the people of the society. Instead, a minister should "cultivate most carefully the art of leading others to lead themselves." Alden has asked Pendleton whether money should be used for a school or a church building. Pendleton cannot make that decision from so far away, so he advises Alden to ask the people of the society for their opinion. To help Alden decide, Pendleton presents the uses of the Church in order: 1) support of the minister 2) place of worship 3) school. Pendleton would prefer a school over "a church such as we would desire in the end, for the sake, for instance, of beauty, ritual, and general impressiveness." Pendleton is delighted to hear that the Toronto society has given (Emil) Cronlund $200 in appreciation of past service. The Executive Committee has met to discuss Cronlund's case, but Pendleton has not yet heard the results.


  • 1921-01-10


From the Collection: 368.00 Linear Feet

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