Scope and Content

This book was published in 1912, and was written by H. Bodell Smith, the editor of 'The Unitarian Monthly', with a preface by T.P Spedding, in which he thanks the author for the 'first book of the Van'. The Van Mission was ongoing in 1912, and the preface notes that at this time they had four vans which were used to spread a 'reasonable and progressive Christianity' and that the Mission had been successful so far. The book gives a history of the Mission, why and how it came about, how it works, what meetings are like, the aims of the Mission and plans for the future, as well as Unitarian views on theology and the Bible. It also considers issues such as free speech and how they affect the Mission, and includes photos of vans and meetings.