By Barry Cahill;Laurence DeWolfe;Murray Alary
A social heritage of the near-death event of Presbyterianism in Halifax.
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It not only divided Presbyterians across party lines in the legislature; it also divided the Liberal cabinet and caucus. M. MacGregor in an early grave. Aged only forty-eight, he dropped dead of exhaustion and worry on 9 September 1924, weeks before the meeting of Synod that initiated the disruption of the Presbyterian Church in the Maritimes. His church, however, did not die with him; it was about to take a new lease on life. 2 The “Union” Disruption the maritimes synod disrupted When Synod met at Fort Massey in September 1921, Robert Johnston, newly appointed president of the Maritimes branch of the Presbyterian Church Association, attempted to obtain approval for an “overture” (petition) calling for a third referendum on church union.
Falconer, the former minister and an elder of Fort Massey. It was clear that the city of Halifax would lead the union movement not only within Halifax Presbytery but also within Synod. The “committee on cooperation with the Methodist Church” was not really a church union committee; its main achievement was to get itself reappointed at each succeeding annual meeting. Synod’s energy and attention were instead diverted ﬁrst by issues touching social service and evangelism18 and secondly by the European war.
As an inner-city church, Saint David’s shares its territory with street people and pub-crawlers. When it sleeps, the city is wide awake. By nine o’clock on Sunday morning, when an informal communion service takes place in the chancel, the street is deserted, except for the ﬂotsam and jetsam: gulls, garbage, and, on occasion, a homeless person, sound asleep, curled up on the sidewalk against the retaining wall below the front of the church. By eleven o’clock, when traditional worship takes place, the world is ﬁnally waking up.