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A BRIEF RECORD OF THE MEETINGS OF THE
CHINESE DELEGATION AT THE SILVER
There were about fifty Chinese delegates present in the first meeting, which was presided over by Mr. Y. C. James Yen, President of the Chinese Students Christian Association of North America. He began by requesting the delegates to give their names, districts and provinces, and the institutions from which they came. He then delivered his opening address, emphasizing the unique opportunity of making new acquaintances in the Conference, of the critical time in which they were living, and the need of attempting to solve many pressing moral problems.
After the address he announced the appointment of Mr. C. C. Lin as the chairman of the Conference Social Committee, Mr. L. K. Chang as the chairman of the Conference Athletic Committee, Mr. S. N. Lee as the Conference Treasurer, and Mr. C. K. Chen as the Conference Secretary.
The speaker of this meeting was Mr. F. S. Brockman, who had for many years been working for the welfare of the Chinese people. He gave the delegates a very hearty and stirring talk, pointing out the existing struggle between militarism and nonmilitarism in China, the terrible danger of morphine taking the place of opium which had practically gone out of existence, and the dynamic changes which had brought about a new China possessing a national spirit. Finally he said that the real problem in China was a moral one-to stamp out selfishness and dishonesty, and to find a spiritual rebirth. The solution of this problem lay in the willingness of the people to serve China in an unselfish spirit.
The speaker of this meeting, Mr. P. C. Chang of Columbia University, spoke on the Siudent Movement in China, indicating the kinds of students who took part and their immediate purposes which included the refusing of the signing of the Peace Treaty, the "purification” of the Peking Government; and their less immediate purposes which included promoting home industries and educating the masses.
Mr. Charles D. Hurrey of the Committee on Friendly Relations Aimong Foreign Students favored the delegates with a very important message in which he especially emphasized China's need for moral and spiritual leaders and urged the delegates to dedicate themselves for distinctly Christian work in China.
Mr. C. T. Kwei of Yale and Cornell was the second speaker who spoke on Christian service and also called on several members in the audience to point out the possibilities of doing Christian services through various professions.
The speaker of this meeting, Prof. K. S. Latourette of Denison University, spoke on “What Jesus Christ Means to him Personally.” To him Christ meant a leader whose philosophy of life he had accepted and whose principles of conduct he wished to practice. In Christ he found all of God that he could possibly understand. In closing he said that to him Christ was his Saviour and Master.
The speaker of this meeting, Dean Brown of Yale University, spoke on "Why I Should Believe in Jesus Christ.” He gave three reasons: 1. He could not explain the world in a better way than in taking God as a hypothesis and considering Him as being all-wise, good, and powerful; 2. God was the demand of his own inner life; and 3. Jesus Christ was a great spiritual expert.
Mr. Fung, Secretary of the China Society, was the first speaker, whose topic was "My Work Among the Chinese in the Big Cities of the U. S.” He emphasized the point that it was the moral duty of the Chinese students here in America to help their fellow countrymen. He was followed by Messrs. Alfred Lee and Sun, both of whom pointed out the need of improving the conditions of the Chinese working people in America.
Before the meeting closed there was a general discussion in which various ways of rendering assistance to the Chinese workers were brought out.
Mr. Hugh A. Moran of Cornell University was the first to speak. He pointed out that in order to grow in spiritual power one must allow his will to be dominated by the will of God, which sometimes proved to be a rather difficult step to take, and must then be willing to take the “next step” whatever that might be.
Mr. Frank Price of Hartford Theological Seminary was the second speaker, his topic being China for Christ. He showed the importance of accepting the principles of Jesus which appeal to the deepest part of one's life, and the need of establishing a real Chinese church on these principles, which, he believed, would be a most powerful, force in China to fight for righteousness.
Mr. Price's talk was followed by a general discussion in which several persons showed how their experiences proved the need of God and Jesus Christ especially in times of strong temptation.
The last meeting of the Conference was devoted to the expression of the opinions of the various delegates concerning the Conference. Before this began, however, three resolutions were adopted, the first for expressing the gratitude of the Association toward the General Secretary, Mr. K. C. Lee, for his noble work du the past year, the second for thanking the Committee on Friendly Relations among foreign students for their assistance to the Chinese delegates, and the third for thanking the Conference officers for their hospitality.
The expression of opinions on the part of the delegates concerning the Conference lasted more than an hour, in which there was a great deal of earnestness. It seems helpful to record here that Mr. C. C. Nieh, a successful business man of China, said that he had found through his experience the great value of prayers especially in times of difficulties and disappointment and that he had determined to do all he could for extending the Kingdom of God on earth.
Besides the regular morning meetings there were held two other meetings.
The first was held in the afternoon of July 3 in the form of a business meeting. Mr. Y. C. James Yen, the presiding officer, outlined the work of the Chinese Students' Christian Association of North America during the past year. He began with the visitations of the President and the General Secretary to the various institutions of higher learning in the East and the Middle West. He then touched upon The Journal, which was published monthly instead of quarterly and its high standard for which Mr. T. F. Tsiang, the Editor-in-Chief, was largely responsible. He also mentioned the success of the financial drive. On the matter of membership, he said that there were about 800 active and associate members and about 300 cooperative members.
After the verbal report of Mr. Yen, which, he said, would be followed by a detailed report, Mr. K. C. Lee suggested that the number of secretaries be increased so that visitations to the various institutions might be made more extensively than hitherto.
Then came the election of officers for the Eastern Section. The following members were elected: Mr. T. F. Tsiang, Chairman; Mr. C. K. Chen, Vice Chairman; Mr. Alfred Lee, Recording Secretary; and Mr. K. F. Mok, Departmental Editor.
After the election Mr. K. C. Lee moved that a committee be appointed by the chairman to draw up a set of by-laws for the Association. The motion was passed. The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 P. M.
The second meeting was held in the evening of July 3, in the form of a social gathering. Mr. C. C. Nieh who had just come from China delivered a short and inspiring address in which he told how he secured his physical, intellectual and moral development through the Y. M. C. A. at home. Besides hearing Mr. Nieh the delegates played several social games which helped to make the evening very enjoyable. C. K. CHEN,
Conference Secretary. The recorder earnestly hopes that he has not mis-recorded the views of the speakers in the Conference. If there are any mistakes in this brief record, he further hopes that they will be duly corrected.
C. K. C.
A REPORT ON 1920 LAKE GENEVA CONFERENCE
I heard of the annual Lake Geneva conference while in China. It has ever since had a hold on me. I came to America last year and I am glad to have attended the first Lake Geneva conference I was able to attend, which has not only met, but also exceeded, my expectation of its kind. At the request of Dr. T. C. Shen, Chairman of the Mid-West Department of the Chinese Students Christian Association in U. S. A., I gladly make this report to be published in "Christian China.”
The State of Wisconsin abounds in beautiful lakes, and has, in this respect, been compared to Switzerland. To make the comparison more analagous, both have a Lake Geneva of world fame—but world fame gained through entirely different channels. It is the Lake Geneva of Wisconsin that interests us at this particular moment. Lake Geneva the town, and Lake Geneva the spot which have become accustomed to associate with the Y. M. C. A. Camp and the annual conference, naturally have derived their names
from the lake. Lake Geneva the spot is situated on the slope which connects a range of hills to Lake Geneva the lake. Though in the quietness of nature and away from the care of the world, it is only sixty miles from Chicago and is easily reached by railway and interurban car lines from the big cities of the Middle West.
It is very meet therefore that conferences of such great importance where young men are being convinced of the significance and seriousness of life besides the frolic part of it, should be held in an environment which encourages meditation and communion with God. Nor was the programme of the 1920 conference, and I believe of the other years also, wanting in leading college graduates and undergraduates that gathered there into proper relationship with themselves, with their fellowmen, and with God. Thus at six o'clock in the morning we were requested to get up to prepare for the morning watch or meditation period which came at half an hour later. Bible study, discussion of professions, and the platform meeting occupied the rest of the morning. The last named meeting was, however, the main feature of the forenoon session in which we heard men from all