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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review 1912

[Review of the University Christian Social Service League]

This League is the outcome of the spirit of social service manifest in the students of most Universities a1 the present day, and which was in New Zealand brought to the point of delimit-expression by the Christian Union Conference held at Cambridge, Dec 1911-Jan. 1912.

The objects of the League are thus stated in the Constitution:—

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(1)The study of social questions, and of the application of Christian principles to these questions.
(2)The enlistment of members in social work on Christian lines.
(3)The securing of the interest and co-operation of past students.

The founders of the League, believing that an ultimate solution of social questions can be found only by the application to them of the teaching's of Christ, have limited the right to hold office to active members make this declaration: "I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ"; but the Constitution is so framed as to give to associate members (being those who, while not prepared to subscribe to the above declaration, are willing to assist in the practical work of the League) the right to vote on all matters at a general meeting.

The work at present undertaken lies among the boys and girls of Central Wellington.

The Women's Branch has begun a club for girls between 10 and 17 years old, living in Tory Street and the surrounding districts.

At present the Club meets only once a week, when classes in drill and are sewing followed by competitions and supper. It is hoped that a house will soon be obtained, and work carried on somewhat on the lines of the Sydney University Settlement.

The Men's Branch has control of the educational and religious work of the Boys' Institute. The educational classes are for the benefit of those boys who, having left school after passing the 4th standard, desire to obtain certificates of proficiency in the work of the higher standards. The religious work includes the holding of a Sunday evening service for the boys of Wellington and the conduct of a Bible Study Class.

There is abundant scope in this work for the employment of diverse talents. So a hearty invitation to join the League is extended to all who desire to give something of their time and abilities to those less fortunately situated than themselves.