`bridge' in life of university
THE role of the Church in the University should be to transcend the divisions so prevalent in, universities today, Fr. Nigel Collingwood, chaplain of Essex University, told the London Newman Circle on Friday. There was a tremendous opportunity to bridge social and intellectual gaps and to develop an "inner life" among undergraduates.
Fr. Collingwood, who is an active member of his university's student counselling service and has frequently allied: himself with student protest movements, was speaking on the theme of requiem and resurrection as it applies to the Church in. the University.
Criticising the idea of a protective Church which was evident in the old days in Oeford, he said that "it its a very introverted view that holds that the basis of the Church's existence is the Church itself; Christ did not preach the Church but the Kingdom of God."
Particularlyin university life, "members don't become a community by having the same ideas." Rather there were several disrupting influences at work which the Church could heal. He gave as examples the division between the universi
ties the elite of the tertiary system of education — and other colleges of education, and between staff and junior members.
Another example was the geographical divisions caused by the isolation of universities from 'the towns. The Church should not be ashamed of making alliances with those reformist in spirit who could help, Fr. Collingwood added.
Nottingham raises £2,000 for Nigeria
AS a result of an appeal by Bishop Ellis of Nottingham on behalf of the starving and refugees in Nigeria, read in all churches of tern diocese, an interim sum of 0,000 has been forwarded to the Pope to be used in his Mercy Mission in Nigeria