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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review October, 1920

Christian Union

Christian Union

The most important event of the Christian Union year is the annual Summer Conference, which last summer was held at Geraldine. Students from all the four colleges were present, together with a large number of past students. The town and its surroundings were delightful, and the hospitality of the citizens unbounded. The great value of these conferences is the opportunity they supply of meeting a completely new set of congenial people, and freely exchanging ideas. All students should consider the possibility of attending this year's conference, to be held at Te Kuiti.

As usual, study circles have been formed this year, and have met weekly to study Dr. T. JR. "Glover's "Jesus of History," a brilliant and fascinating study of the Master's personality and thought. During the third term two tutorial classes are to be held, one on the book of Jonah, led by Miss M. England, and the other on the present missionary problem, led by Mr. E. K. Lomas.

Throughout the year the ordinary fortnightly meetings have been held. The Bishop of Wellington addressed the first meeting on "The Outlook for Religion."' He stressed the critical nature of the present international position, pointing out that the League of Nations was dead, and that the only hope for the future of European civilisation by in the union of the Churches. In the beginning of the second term, Mr. T. M. Haslett, M.A., visited the College as travelling secretary. He addressed a large men's meeting at V.U.C., and also addressed the students of the Training College. Later, he addressed general meeting of the Union, taking as his subject, "Deeds or Creeds?" A large meeting assembled to hear Professor Marsdens address on religion and science, "Is Mars Inhabited?" The Professor traced the development of the universe from the huge gaseous nebulae down to the electrons that compose the atoms. He pointed to the perfect order and harmony prevailing throughout nature as the supreme argument for the existence of an almighty power governing and pervading all things. "Nationalism and Christianity" was the subject dealt with by Mr. Howell, Director of the Technical College. Rev. F. W. Rowlands, speaking on "Japan." also stressed the international problems of to-day. The last address of the term was on "The Vocation of a Lawyer," by Mr. O, B. Mazengarb, M.A., L.L.B. In the third term we are looking forward to an address by Professor B. E. Murphy. On Sunday, August 1st, a special students' service was conducted in «St. Andrew's Church by Dr. John Kirk, of Canton. China, a prominent medical missionary. Dr. Kirk, who is a young man of strikingly vigorous personality, delivered a powerful sermon, a direct appeal for service on the mission field.