1864 Meeting Minutes of the Congregational Association of Oregon


1864 Meeting Minutes of the Congregational Association of Oregon


One part of a record book compiled by the Congregational Association of Oregon, with this part containing the minutes of the annual meeting held in 1864. The Association's members were church ministers and other delegates from Oregon and bordering areas. They met annually to share reports, promote Christian education, support special projects and address internal disputes. Some of the topics covered in this part of the record book include: -- Creation of a Committee for the State of the Country [i.e. on matters relating to the Civil War and national politics]; -- Acceptance of routine reports; -- Resolutions by George H. Atkinson asking the American Home Missionary Society to send three more missionaries to work in Oregon and Idaho; -- Discussion of a resolution that the AHMS also appoint an Agent to serve Oregon, Washington and Idaho; -- A man namedTanner granted a license to preach; -- Resolutions in support of the Union Army and raising funds for the soldiers' Sanitary Fund; -- Resolutions recognizing that "God is freeing the slaves of our country," and that donations should be raised for the Freedman's Aid Association; the latter resolutions were adopted with amendments affirming the hope that "slavery will be entirely destroyed," but omitting fundraising for freed slaves; -- Resolution in favor of raising salaries for ministers; -- Resolution in support of inter-denominational harmony.

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