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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Alberta, Canada)
1910 August 29, p7 – “Go Preachers” were Attacke

Newspapers in Napan, New Brunswick, Canada:
1912, Feb 29    The High School Times - The Go-Preachers
1912, Mar 21   Slanderous Charges Against Evangelists Refuted by Evidence from England

The World (Chatham Newspapers - New Brunswick, Canada)
RE: Go Preachers- printed shortly after John Cook & Cecil Buzby brought Gospel to Napan, New Brunswick, Canada.
1912, March    The World (Chatham Newspapers - New Brunswick, Canada)
1912, Mar 21   Go-Preachers have Gone from Napan
1912, Apr  10   Unseemly Conduct of Prayer Meeting Attendants
1912, Apr 12    Napan Correspondent
1912, Apr 27    That Napan Controversy
1912, May 7-8  Napan Notes  

1931 Ontario - RE Millbrook, Ontario, Canada Convention

June 5, 1975, p. 40 - Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba, Canada)
Intrigued by Cooneyites

Jan 14, 1984 - Calgary Herald (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
RE:  Convention at Didsbury, Alberta
Church With No Name Strong Draw in West; By Leslie K. Tarr

May 5, 1984 Pg 59 - Winnipeg Free Press
No-name church turns from world; By Leslie K. Tarr

Feb 7, 1990 - The Review (Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Family Affair (Re: Russell and Mabel Jacobs, Workers); By David Creelman

July 30, 1994, Pg 17 - Calgary Herald (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
RE:  Convention at Didsbury, Alberta
Invisible Sect has Thousands of Followers; By David Climenhaga

Aug 5, 1994, Pg 14 - The Winnipeg Sun (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Secret Sect Splits Families; By Peter Warren

Aug 12, 1994, Pg 12 - The Winnipeg Sun (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
The Church that Preys; By Peter Warren

Feb 11, 1996, Pg B1 - Edmonton Sunday Journal (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Church With No Name Had No Answers for Couple; By David Staples

Feb 17, 1996, Pg A9 - The Record (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
No-Name Church - Mysterious Cult-like Sect Discouraged Questions, Criticism; By David Staples

Sept 15, 1997, Pg 34, Vol. 24, No. 40 - Alberta Report (Weekly News Magazine)
Doubts About a Mystery Church - 'Sect or Cult?' is the Question Before an Alberta Court;
by Joe Woodard.

April 28, 2001 - Regina Leader (Regina, Saskatschewan, Canada)
Guilderland N.Y. (Reuters) - Christian 2x2s Worship Quietly in U.S.

October 7, 2002 - Western Catholic Reporter
By Sr. Louise Zdunich, Edmonton, Canada
"Who are the Two by Twos?"

August 18, 2005 p6 – Brandon Sun (Brandon, Manitoba, Canada)
Dealing in Absolutes


(Publication unknown)
Millbrook Convention, 1931

Ontario, Canada

Arriving by train and motor from U.S.A., Quebec, and from many parts of Ontario, approximately four hundred delegates were in attendance at the three day annual convention of a religious body. The members of which claim they have 'no name', though the simple word 'disciple' is apparently the designation most favor.

The gathering being held for the third successive season at the Harry Riley's farm over the weekend, opening Friday at 2:30 p.m.. and convening again the same evening. The genuine religious enthusiasm and interest of the devotees of this sect is proved by the fact that they sit patiently and apparently with a real fervor of enjoyment, through sessions lasting from two and a half hours to three hours daily on Saturday & Sunday, in addition to the two on the initial day of Convention.

A big tent with separate entrances for the men and women, who sit in distinctly separate sections during the meetings, as there is no mingling of the sexes throughout. The Convention is amply supplied with seating accommodation for the delegates and for any visitors who may come. Many carloads motoring from the village and surrounding country side, and all being heartily welcomed to the meetings.

Two other large tents on the grounds serve as dining halls, one for men and others for women, while near by sheds are equipped as kitchens with workers in either cases of the same sex, as the occupants of the respective tents.

Sleeping accommodation for the women delegates is arranged for in the farm house of Mrs. Riley and J. Inns the latter a short distance across the fields, and for the men the barns and other out buildings were fitted in a manner that they could be used comfortably as sleeping apartments during the two or three nights while Convention lasted.

A community of goods is one of the ....... endorsed in actual practice by the disciples though no definite information regarding defraying the necessary and somewhat heavy expenses of the Convention would be divulged.

However the fact was quite evident that those who had shared equally and gladly with those who had not. No offering is taken at any of the meetings.

Such personal adornments as jewelry, silk hose, sleeveless dresses, or bobbed hair were conspicuous by their absence. But into the meetings the delegates came supplied with Bibles, hymnals, and in many cases with note books and pencils in order to carry home choice selections from the addresses for quiet study and meditation in the weeks ahead.

This religious body claims it has no bishop, or other elected or appointed head, different leaders taking charge of the informal sessions of the Convention. The one on Sunday afternoon being Arnold Schaffer, a worker in Germany, now home on furlough. Another worker from a distant field was Jack Jackson from South America. Christian names were used as the delegates speak of one another, no prefixes of any kind being heard among the adherents.

"Hymns Old and New" is the book used for singing, printed in Scotland, there is no instruments, but congregational singing is hearty and melodious, the majority of the worshippers seeming to know the words of the hymns announced by heart.

After an opening hymn or two, for which the audience remain seated, testimonials are asked for, and so ready is the response that usually two or three are on their feet at once waiting, their personal experience of salvation through Christ. The request for prayers is met in the same manner, one after the other leading without a moment being lost through waiting or hesitation.

At the Sunday p.m. service after prayers and testimonies which lasted more than an hour, two of the women delegates took the platform and spoke earnestly with a hymn between. They were followed by two young men who also had a personal message based on Scripture passages.

The leader Mr. Schaffer continued the exhortation and like others urging faithful witnessing in speech and conduct. "All that the Lord hath said unto us, will we do" was stressed as the ideal for daily living.

Several car loads of the delegates motored to Rice Lake early on Sunday morning for a baptismal service. Those wishing this solemn rite signifying their desire by standing when the request was made at the Saturday eve. meeting.

The 1932 Convention will in all likelihood be held again on the Riley farm, the practice being for a number of workers to arrive three or four weeks ahead of time to put up tents and have every thing in readiness before the opening day when the delegates begin to come in large numbers, and many from distant points.

There is no formal closing such as a benediction, at the closing saying seven o'clock the next meeting at the conclusion of the p.m. gathering, and the delegates rise and go quietly out. Large gasoline lanterns light the tent for the evening meeting.

My Grandmother ended this in the middle of the page, if there was more she didn't copy it.. This is very hard to read, as it is on onion skin paper, and falling to pieces. I am trying to find the newspaper this might have been published in.

By the way, Milbrook is about a 20 minute drive from my home now, and I was baptised there in the early 1940's. One of the Riley girls, Lorna, went into the work. She would be a little older than I am.

Thought you might be interested in this, I think this must have been written up in a newspaper, or maybe was suppose to be. However I found it with some poems etc. all in my grandmother's hand writing.


Alberta Report (Weekly News Magazine)
Sept 15, 1997, p. 34,  Vol. 24,  No. 40

DOUBTS ABOUT A MYSTERY CHURCH

'Sect or Cult?' Is the Question before an Alberta Court
By Joe Woodard
At the end of August, Duncan Dorey and Janice Steingard, a divorced Edmonton couple, appeared in Alberta Family court to decide which of them would get custody of their two children.  Mr. Dorey's lawyer, James Arends, charged that Ms. Steingard was raising their children in a cult to which both parents belonged but from which Mr. Dorey has since escaped.  Known as the Two-by-twos, the Way, the Truth, the Go-preachers, or "the Church without a Name," the movement claims to be the one true Christianity.  The Family Court deemed itself unqualified to settle the question and referred the case to the Court of Queen's Bench, which now finds itself in the awkward position of having to rule on the harmfulness of a religious sect.

The Two-by-twos were apparently formed in 1897 by a Scottish preacher named William Irvine.  While working with the Faith Mission in Ireland, he decided Christ's instructions in Matthew 10 and Luke 10 still held: "Behold I send you forth as lambs amid wolves.  Carry neither purse nor wallet...remain in the same house eating and drinking what they have, for the labourer deserves his wages."  Mr. Irvine concluded that church buildings are Satanic and organized pairs of itinerant preachers or "workers."  Without property or records, these workers would live among the "friends" or "professed" members of the new church.  The result, a 100 years later, is an invisible sect.  It subscribes to the fourth-century Arian heresy that Jesus is the Son of God but is not himself God and counts 400,000 members worldwide, with over 4,000 in Alberta and B.C.

"We compiled a list of 47 different cult characteristics," says lawyer Arends. "The Two-by-twos meet all the points.  They are extremely secretive, have no written doctrine or records, you can't get a straight answer from them and yet they claim to be the only path to salvation.  Their 'friends' must give unconditional obedience to the workers or they're guilty of backsliding.  And if they backslide, they're damned." Mr. Arends says his case is bolstered by California academic Ronald Enroth's work CHURCHES THAT ABUSE, Port Coquitlam author Lloyd Fortt's IN SEARCH OF 'THE TRUTH', and the testimony of a dozen former members in Alberta.

However, Gordon Melton, the California-based editor of the Encyclopedia of American Religions, argues the Two-by-twos are simply an "old-line, 19th-century Christadelphian sect," an isolated subculture of non-Trinitarian Christians.  They are not a cult because "there's no real threats or violence," he says. "A good comparison is the Amish.  They keep to themselves, with a minimal creed; they stress community, and their faith is passed from generation to generation.  The big difference is that the Two-by-twos blend into the community, own houses and work normal jobs." Some ex-members have cited instances of sexual abuse, but author and ex-member Fortt has admitted such accusations are rare.

Ex-adherent Dale Wesenberg of Niton Junction, 94 miles west of Edmonton, insists the Two-by-twos are, "for the most part, godly people," but they are also "the most [biblically] ignorant ministers" in the world.  "They feed the need for human attention, and their fellowship is unsurpassable," he says. "But they're parasites. They go from house to house, and it's deemed a great privilege to have workers living in your house, driving your car and living off you, because they're the only path to salvation.  But if you ask them what they believe, they can't tell you."

Local "workers" did not return calls from this magazine.  The Dorey-Steingard custody case may be heard at Queen's Bench in Edmonton within the month."

By Joe Woodard

LINK: http://web.archive.org/web/20010210043637/http://albertareport.com/24arcopy/24a40cpy/2440ar04.htm

NOTE: The Alberta Report was a Canadian Monthly Magazine. According to Wikipedia, the Alberta Reporter ceased publication in 2003.

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