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Wednesday, December 14, 1966
The Daily Nebraskan
Vol. 9V No. 49
Church Emphasis Today
On Action, Not Belief
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second
story in a four part series about modern
religion and its adaptability to today's
world. Senior Staff Writer Toni Victor
will explore religion on the University
campus and try to determine how it fits
in with what many authorities consider
a "change" in the church's attitude.
Church emphasis today is on action,
rather than belief, according to Dr. Ra
leigh J. Peterson, dean of the Cotner
School of Religion.
Within the last six years, Peterson
stated, there have been three general
changes in religious thinking on the part of
the institutional church.
These changes are from institutional
preservation to world service; from abso
lute to relative morality; and from separ
ate to joint projects.
These three factors of cooperation,
relative morality and service are behind
all other church changes in Catholic, Jew
ish and Protestant religions, Peterson
' "Churches are saying that their task is
to serve fellow man, and thus serve God
best," Peterson said.
He termed religion a two dimensional
concept. The first dimension is concerned
with something greater than man a
supreme ideal or God. The second dimen
sion of religion, and the side that is being
stressed more and more, is the concern
for one's fellow man, he said.
Putting it another way, Peterson said,
the church as an institution is denying its
role as comforter of the afflicted. Instead,
the church sees itself as afflicting the
comfortable in the congregation, so that
individually they will go out and comfort
the afflicted. Peterson said that this is not
such a popular idea with some laymen.
Dr. Peterson cited the negative reac
tion of Irving Junior High School students
to a speech by Dr. Alan Pickering of
United Christian Campus Fellowship. The
speech given before Thanksgiving, crit
cized the well-to-do churchgoer who nev
er thinks about the poor and disenfran
chised people of the world. Some 30 stu
dents signed a petition protesting the
speech, calling Pickering "un-American."
But on campus the idea is more pop-social-concern
organizations on campus
that operate on basically religious prin
ciples. Such groups as Friends of the Stu
dent Non-violent Coordinating Committee
(FSNCC) and Nebraskans for Peace in
Viet Nam serve as examples of what
churches are working towards, in terms
of service, Peterson said.
Other evidence of this change in em
phasis can be seen in the role of church
houses on campus, Peterson said.
"Twenty years ago, the campus church
was considered a home away from home,
apart from the wicked campus a safe
and secure retreat for the members," Pe
Today, due mainly to ministerial atti
tudes within the campus churches, each
chapel sees itself as a powerhouse for ac
tion, motivation and challenge, according
Campus churches are trying to reach
outside the fold with coffee houses and
' panel discussions. They are concerned
with a variety of social problems, from
abortion to civil rights.
Dr. Peterson said Intervarsity Chris
tian Fellowship, Navigators and Youth for
Christ, are three evangelistic movements
that are not in accord with the changing
emphasis of the church.
"These organizations specify the good
of personal salvation, rather than the chal
lenge of social service," Peterson said.
The second area of change is con
cerned with morality in religion. Churches
and laymen are seriously evaluating posi
tions on this question, according to Dr.
Peterson. The question is being asked:
"Should the church maintain an absolute
set of values, or should the church help
make individual relative decisions?"
"In the past, the church has seen
things in black and white. Now they are
realizing and accepting the grey and fuz
zy problems of life," Dr. Peterson stated.
This idea of situational ethics evolves
directly from a re-interpretation of the
Bible's role in religion, according to Pe
terson. "In back of all change is the accept
ance that the Bible is not so much a set
of laws, as principles for life and a source
of Inspiration," Peterson said.
The biggest issue concerning the Bible
is whether or not it is literally the Word
of God written by God, or is instead a
book containing God's Word, Peterson
This re-interpretation of the Bible's
role has been stressed in churches for
some 25 years, but it has taken time to
reach the man in the pew, according to
Peterson. The non-fundamental view of
the Bible paves the way for what is popu
larly known as the "New Morality" or
situational ethics, he said.
The third area of religious change
features a crossing of denominational and
faith lines in church work.
"The problems of the world are so
great and frightening that one denomina
tion cannot be effective politically or finan
cially," Peterson said.
In the face of world destruction, things
that have divided churches now seem in
significant, Dr. Peterson said.
An increase in inter-church coopera
tion is present evidence of this change,
Peterson said. Many campus study groups
on religious and social problems cross
faith lines to make the church more ef
ficient, he said.
"Churches are saying that what we
are doing, we ought to be doing togeth
er," Peterson said.
He stated that it will be a long time
before any single church emerges, but
that the future holds a definite increase in
WHITE WATER . . . photographed by John Nollendorfs.
'White Water' Capture?
Grand Prize hi Contest
LICORICE . . . photographed by Mike Hayman
"White Water," a black
and white photograph of the
AAU swimming finals held
in Lincoln in August, taken
by John Nollendorfs received
the grand prize in the Ne
braska Union photography
Nollendorfs shot the pic
ture at night at the Wood
Pool, which was lighted with
TV lights. He used Tri-X
film and an acufine develop
er. There were approximately
50 contest entries from about
30 contestants, according to
Ruth Saunders, chairman of
Other winners included:
Pictoral: Thorn Doran, "Pont
Ncuf Paris 1964", first; John
Schulze: Policy-Bill Conflict
May Result In Compromise
The conflicts between ad
ministration policy and the
proposed Student Bill of
Rights are not dead-end al
leys, but areas for change,
according to Dick Schulze.
Schulze said the conflicts
pointed out by administrators
in a student-administration
meeting Friday represent the
opinion of the Board of Re
gents and not merely the
opinions of the administra
tion. Schulze is chairman of the
ASUN Student Conduct Com
mittee that drafted the pro
administration spokesman in
the meeting was Russell
Brown, administrative assis
tant to G. Robert Ross, dean
of Student Affairs.
Schulze said, "It is hard to
say right now how the con
flicts will be solved. We pre
sented our bill of rights to
Student Affairs and they, in
turn, showed us where we
conflicted with their
"I believe that when solu
tions to these conflicts are
finally determined, they will
lie somewhere between the
two opinions," he said.
The conduct committee, ac
cording to Schulze, does not
see the statement of conflicts
as absolutes, hut rather
points of change that should
"The committee plans to
talk to the Board of Regents
about the bill of rights, for
it is this body which will be
making the ultimate decision
on any changes in University
policies," Schulze said.
He added, that the conduct
committee will be meeting
with individuals from student
affairs again this Friday at
1:30 p.m. in the Nebraska
The Committee is beginn
ing a series of meetings with
campus living units concern
ing the proposed bill of rights.
Schulze said it is hard to tell
the effects of the meetings at
the moment, but that one
committee member had ex
pressed some disappointment
Nollendorfs, "Scenic", sec
ond. Portrait: Robert C.
Franklin, first, John Nollen
Human Interest: Mike
Hayman, "Licorice", first;
Jim Swartz, second. Color:
Carolyn Bedient, "Lake Zur
ich", first; Thorn Doran,
"Pavane for a Dead Prin
Mark Schreibcr's request
for a rehearing of the case,
which resulted in the loss of
his seat on the students en
ate, was denied by the Stu
dent Court Tuesday .
In a decision, written by
Chief Justice Keith Mclntyre,
the basis for denying the pe
tition's request was "that the
defendant has given no rea
sons in his petition which
were not considered by the
court in reaching its prior de
cision in this case "and the
court has declined to change
its prior decision."
Also. in the petition,
Schreiber asked that he be
allowed to retain his seat on
the senate until the petition
for rehearing is disposed of.
The court decided, however,
that since there was no com
pelling fact that would change
the situation, they could not
issue a temporary injunction
holding back the effect of
their judgments until decid
ing on the rehearing of the
Christmas Spirit Glows In Selleck's Window Displays
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"Deck the Windows" is the
cry in the final week of the
Christmas window dis
play contest sponsored by
Abel Hall and Selleck Quad
rangle. Gayle Weeks, RAM activi
ties chairman, said that the
Selleck contest is open to all
Selleck residents. Displays
are in three divisions: relig
ious, traditional and contem
porary. "The religious displays
center around the theme of
the Nativity, while the tradi
tional decoration use the tra-
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ditional symbols of Christ
mas such as trees, wreaths,
candles and Santa Claus,"
said Miss Weeks. Contempor
ary displays are comic win
dow displays or anything
Ted Suhr, RAM Council
President, said that cash
prizes of $5 will be awarded
to the two best entries in
Judging will take p 1 a
Thursday afternoon and eve
ning and the winners will be
Reggie Wyatt, President of
Abel IV, said that Abel IV
sponsoring a window con
test for the residents of San
Displays will be categor
ized to method of construc
tion, he said. Categories con
sist of removable paint, con
struction paper, greens and
lights and miscellaneous ma
terial. Judging of Sandoz entries
will be Thursday afternoon,
and the winners will be an
nounced Thursday night at
the Abel-Sandoz Christmas
dance, Wyatt said.
Individual trophies will be
awarded to the winners 1 of
each category and also to the
first three places. Second and
third place winners in each
category will receive prizes.
A traveling trophy will be
presented to the floor having
the most points.
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