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International New Thought Alliance's

First International New Thought Metaphysical Congress

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Preface - First Convention - Address of Welcome - Thought Grafting - A Rational Positive Spiritual Philosophy - Abundant Life - Value of Social Ideals - Powers Invisible - After Christianity, What? - Mental Treatment for Communities - A Plea for Work Among School-teachers - Officers and Executive Board for 1899 - 1900 - Factions and Divisions - Law of the Good - Tried and True - Gospel of Healing - Is Mental Science Enough? - Constitution and By-laws - Divine Law - God, Freedom, and Immortality - Unity of Good - New Century's Call - Spirit of the New Thought - Individual Ideals - Contents -


PROCEEDINGS OF THE

PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE

HELD AT

Hartford, Conn., February 21 and 22, 1899.

This report would be incomplete did it not include some account, necessarily brief, of the preliminary meeting at Hartford, Conn., which opened the way for the formal and permanent organization that was effected at the Boston Convention, and which made the marked and very gratifying success of the Boston meeting possible. In New York and Boston, and possibly in other centers, the desirability of an organizatioi_ that should unify and harmonize the forces working along the same general lines was keenly felt. Although the steps to be taken had been somewhat carefully canvassed, yet in other places no positive action developed until early in February, 1899, when Mr. Charles Brodie Patterson caused the following notice to be sent out to many individuals and organizations. Previous to its issue, this circular was signed by sixteen representative names:

"ANNOUNCEMENT.

"In order to increase the efficiency of the different organizations concerned in the New Thought movement, it seems desirable to form a central organization by means of which all interested in the advancement of this movement may come into closer touch with one another, and, through occasional conferences, receive the benefit of one another's continually enlarging experience, thus bringing about a consolidation of forces. With this ultimate purpose in view, a Convention will be held in Alliance Hall, Chapel Street, Hartford, Connecticut, February 21st and 22d, 1899. While it is not expected that this one Convention will accomplish this consolidation, it is hoped that it will open the way to yearly conventions to be held in different cities,

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