At the meeting of the Board of Trustees of Urbana University, held June 16th, a commmittee onthe Endowment and Sustaining funds was appointed to solicit contributions to these funds for the purposeof extending and perfecting the uses of the Univershy. In view of the near approach of the semicentennialof the founding of the University, it has been decided to make an appeal to the New Churchfor an increase of the endowment fund of the University, in order that the institution may enlarge andperfect its uses. On March 7th, 1850, the University was chartered by the Ohio Legislature, with thepower " to grant and confer all the usual and honorary degrees, which are granted by colleges and universities."The corner stone of the building was laid June 19th, 1851, and the school building wasopened for use Sept. r, 1854, although the school had been in operation previously in temporary quarters.During most of its history of nearly fifty years, the University has given a full college course, besidescarrying on preparatory, grammar, and primary schools. At present, owing to the extension of Collegerequirements in recent years and to the lack of funds to meet these requirements, the University givesonly a partial course in College work. It conducts a Kindergarten, a Primary and a Grammar School,a Collegiate Course, which prepares for entrance to any College, and it gives from one to two years ofCollege work. It is desirable that the original intention of its founders be carried out, and that thepresent work be perfected and developed. The committee, therefore, issues this appeal for contributionsto the Endowment Fund, as a semi-centennial offering to the University, that it may become a moreefficient means of performing the work of New Church education. The General Convention, by unanimousvote, has commended this use to the New Church, and we now confidently appeal to i t for its cooperation.The principal of this fund will be kept intact, the interest alone being used for the supportof the work.
We give most of our space in this number to the proceedings of the meeting to organize "The Swedenborg Scientific Association." The organization of this body will be a great benefit to the organized New Church, if it succeeds in stimulating a love for and a knowledge of the science and philosophy contained in the scientific andphilosophical works of Swedenborg. This organization also promises to perform a great use by making these works accessible to scientists and others, and by imparting to them a knowledge of their importance and value in solving many of the most important problems of the day.
It is an acknowledged principle in science that organism is grounded in use, and therefore the true form of any organization must be that which will serve most perfectly for the carrying on of its use. It becomes us, in coming together with a view to forming an associated body, to arrive at :I . A clear idea of the use to be performed.I I . An agreement as to the best methods of performing this use.
1. Agreeably to a call issued by the Rev. Frank Sewall, of Washington, a meeting was held on May 27th, 1898, in the City of New York, and at the rooms of The American Swedenborg Printing and Publishing Society, Bancroft building, No. 3 West Twenty-ninth street, for the purpose of organizing a " Swedenborg Scientific Association" for the further translation, publication, distribution and study of the scientific and philosophical works of Emanuel Swedenborg.
Every radical change in the principles of religion, of philosophy, or of science has also led to similar modifications in the substance and methods of education. This principle may be abundantly confirmed from the facts of history. Every new form of philosophy in Ancient Greece produced its corresponding schools. The Christian Church soon founded schools in which its principles were taught