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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 21, No. 10. August 6, 1958


The following notes by a member of the Anglican Society at Victoria have been found of interest by the Society's Committee, and it is thought that they may prove of interest to members of other Christian groups in the University. They in no way commit the Society and they do not pretend to be "official" in character; but they may provide some food for thought and for discussion on the part of Christian students, and a possible agenda for the inter-group meeting for which the Society is making provisional arrangements:

There are a few principles which should govern our relations with the other Christian groups in the University, and they are set out below. They may or may not appear obvious, but obvious or not, they have not been fully acted upon to date:
1.Every Christian of every denomination is compelled by his loyally to our Lord to love and understand his separated brethren in Christ and to attempt to heal the divisions among them.
2.Every Christian must ensure that these divisions hinder as little as possible the work of God.
3.Every Anglican in particular, as a member of the "Bridge Church" has a mediating function to play in the drive for mutual love and understanding, for unity and for cooperation.
4.Within the university as outside it, the important division is not between Anglican and Roman Catholic or Baptist, but between Christian and non-Christian.

It seems to follow from this that there is considerable room for improvement in the relations between the various Christian groups at Victoria. Among defects which could be noted are these:

i. There is very little personal contact, socially or otherwise, between Christians of the various groups. The relations between individual Anglican Society members and SCMers are probably the best in this respect, possibly because there is a considerable overlap in membership. Anglican Society leaders have personal contact with a few leaders in all groups. But EUers, Roman Catholics, Anglican Society members and SCMers remain largely unknown to each other.