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The New Zealand Evangelist

United Presbyterian Church

United Presbyterian Church.

The Synod of the United Presbyterian Church met in Edinburgh on the 7th of May. The Rev. Mr. Meikle of Beith was elected Moderator. Inter-page 212esting reports were given in of the Synod's missions in the West Indies, Canada, Australia, the Cape of Good Hope, Old Calabar on the Western coast of Africa, and in Persia.

Among other matters a long discussion ensued on the reading of sermons in the pulpit; it appeared that this practise was creeping in among the preachers and younger ministers. It was decided by a large majority that it be interdicted in all ordinary cases; those ministers only who have accustomed themselves to the practise to be left to their own discretion. The Rev. Dr. A. Fletcher of London, who retired from the Secession Synod in 1824 was by his own request admitted again into the Synod.