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Noted Leaders To Speak
For Religion in Life Week

* * *

* * *

The annual Religion in Lif
Week observance will bring to th
campus many noted leaders i
education and religion.
Foremost among these is Chan
cellor Reuben G. Gustavson, o
the University of Nebraska. H
will deliver the main address o
the week at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow i
Rackham assembly.
THE ONLY woman in the grou
is Mrs. Harrison S. Elliot, Genera
Secretary of the National Boar
of the Young Women's Christia
Association. Well known for he
work in adolescent and adult psy
chology, Mrs. Elliott is considere
an authority on problems havin
to do with marriage and th
She is the author of several
books, including "Women After
Forty," "Understanding t h e
' Adolescent Girl" and "The Sex
Life of Youth."
Rev. Duncan E. Littlef air o:
the Fountain St. Church in Gran
Rapids is a noted religious libera
and known as an outstanding
community leader.
A Canadian by birth, Rev. Lit
tiefair has studied in Canada, a.
the University of Chicago and i
Switzerland and Germany unde
the noted theologians, Profs. Kar
Barth and Karl Heim.
MAKING A return visit to th
campus is Rev. John H. Burt o:
St. Johns Episcopal Church i
Youngstown, Ohio. Rev. Bur
served as Episcopal student chap-
lain here for several years. Previ-
ous, to that he was an editoria
assistant for the Textile Worker
Union of the CIO and the Ameri
can Labor Party.
Another former worker for la-
bor is Rev. Francis W. McPeek,
Industrial Relations secretary
for the Council for Social Action
of the Congregational Christian
Churches. Rev. McPeek was the
publisher of a weekly, "Labor
Letter," which contained news
and comments in the field of
labor-management relations.
Several physicians will be among
the attending leaders. Two 0o
them are Dr. Orville S. Waters
of McPherson, Kansas, and Dr
L. D. Mitchell of Three Rivers
Dr. Walters, an ordained Free
Methodist minister as well as a
physician. He is also the author
of numerous papers on medicine,
counseling and religious subjects.
Local Services
To Begin 'U'
Observance of Religion in Life
week will begin tomorrow with
these church services and student
religious group meetings:
8 to 9:30 and 11 a.m. to noon: St.
Mary's student chapel
9:30 a.m.: "40 hours devotion"; St.
Mary's student chapel
8 to 9 a.m.: St. Andrew's Episcopal
10:30 a.m.: speaker, the Rev. Paul
Barth of Detroit;hUniversity
Lutheran chapel.
10:45 a.m.: First Methodist
10:45 a.m.: First Presbyterian
10:45 a.m.: First Congregational
10:45 a.m.: speaker, the Rev. Fran-
cis McPeek, Industrial Relations
Secretary of the Congregational
Churches; Memorial Christian
11 a.m.: speaker, Mrs. Harrison El-
liott, secretary of the YWCA;
First Baptist
11 a.m.: Grace Bible
11 a.m.: St. Andrew's Episcopal
11 a.m.: Reorganized Latter Day
Saints chapel

3 p.m.: speaker, Dr. Orville Wal-
ters, director of Leadership Edu-
cation; Free Methodist
4 p.m.: Michigan Christian Fellow-
ship; Lane Hall
4:45 p.m.: Gamma Delta Bible
study; 1511 Washtenaw
5 p.m.: Canterbury club; Canter-
bury house
5:30 p.m.: Lutheran Student As-
sociation; Lutheran Stud en t
5:30 p.m.. speaker, the Rev. De-
Witt Baldwin; Wesleyan Guild;
Wesley Foundation
5:30 p.m.: speaker, Mrs. Harrison
Elliott; Westminister Guild
5:30 p.m.: speaker, Walter Bell-
horn; Gamma Delta; University
Lutheran club
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* * * * * *
Dr. Mitchell is well known as a in Detroit and George Romney of
civic leader in Three Rivers. He is the same congregation are two
superintendent of Mitchell hospi- men with government work ex-
tal there, and is a member of the perience. Richards is a former
board of the "Protestant Voice" Treasury Department official, and
and the General Board of the Romney is a former missionary to
Church of the "Nazarene." the British Isles. He is currently
* -* * president of the Automobile Man-
THE MICHIGAN State faculty ufacturers Association.
will be represented by two of its The visiting speakers' rostrom
members, Prof. David Dickson and will also include The Rev. Paul
Rev. Herbert C. Wolf of the Col- Barth of Detroit, Dr. E. F. Ditt-
lege Lutheran Church in East mer of Detroit, Prof. David Hen-
Lansing. ley of Earlham College in Indiana,
Prof. Dickson teaches English Dr. Ralph Johnson, Research Di-
and Bible at State. Rev. Wolf is rector of the Detroit Cancer Foun-
an instructor in religion as well dation, The Rev. James J. Maguire
as a student pastorg of Wayne University, Dr. Harry
a ss Pearch of Detroit and Prof. Sey-
Karl Richards of the Church of mour Smith of Yale Divinity
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints School.
Liberal Religionist Stirred
'U' Campus 20 Ycars Ago

Religion in Life Week
Church Services, Guild Meetings
SEMINARS - 4:10 p.m.
"Is Religion Relevant to the Educational Process?" . . . Prof.
Smith, Prof. Dykson, Prof. Robertson, University Elementary
School Cafeteria.
"Is Religion Relevant to Family Life?" . . . Mrs. Elliott, Dr.
Walters, Prof. McKeachie, Michigan League.
"Is Religion Relevant to Industrial Relations?" . . . Rev. Mc-
Peek, Prof. Carr, 141 Business Administration Building.
"Is Religion Relevant to the Social Sciences: Sociology and
Social Work?". . . Mr. Boulding, Prof. Henley, Prof. Schlatter, Prof.
Dunham, Lane Hall Library.
7:15 p.m.-"What Difference Does Faith in God Make?" *. *
Rev. Seymour Smith, Congregational Church.
8:30 p.m.-"The Relevance of Religion Today" . . . Chancellor
R. G. Gustavson, Rackham Hall.
SEMINARS - 4:10 p.m.
"Is Religion Relevant to the Educational Process?" . . . Prof.
Smith, Prof. Dykson, Dean Robertson, University Elementary
School Cafeteria.
"Is Religion Relevant to Family Life?" . . . Mrs. Elliott, Dr.
Walters, Prof. McKeachie, Michigan League.
"Is Religion Relevant to Industrial Relations?" . . . Rev. Mc-
Peek, Rev. Burt, Prof. Carr, 141 Business Administration Building.
"Is Religion Relevant to the Social Services: Psychology?" ...
Prof. Boulding, Prof. Henley, Prof. Schlatter, Prof. Newcombe, Lane
Hall Library.
"How Are the World Religions Related to Communism?" . . .
Rev. Littlefair, Rm. 3-A, Michigan Union.
7:15 p.m.-"What Can I Believe About the Bible?" . . . Rev.
Francis McPeek, Congregational Church.
+7, * k
SEMINARS - 4:10 p.m.
"Is Religion Relevant to the Educational Process?" . .. Prof.
Smith, Prof. Dykson, Dean Robertson, University Elementary School
"Is Religion Relevant to Family Life?" . . . Mrs. Elliott, Dr.
Wlters, Prof. Heyns, Michigan League.
"Is Religion Relevant to Industrial Relations?" . . . Rev. Mc-
Peek, Rev. Burt, Prof. Carr, 141 Business Administration Building.
"Is Religion Relevant to the Social Sciences: Economics?" ...
Prof. Boulding, Prof. Henley, Lane Hall Library.
"How Are the World Religions Relevant to Communism?",. .
Rev. Littlefair, Rm. 3-A; Michigan Union.
7:15 p.m.-"How Different is the Christian Ethic?" .. . Rev. J.
H. Burt, Congregational Church.
8:15 p.m. - Open Forum Discussion .. . Rev. F. J. McPhillips,
Saint Mary's Student Chapel.
SEMINARS - 4:10 p.m.
"Is Religion Relevant to the Educational Process?" ..Prof.
Smith, Prof. Dykson, Dean Robertson, University Elementary
School Cafeteria.
"Is Religion Relevant to Family Life?" . . . Mrs. Elliott, Dr.
Walters, Prof. Heyns, Michigan League.
"Is Religion Relevant to Industrial Relations?" , . . Rev. Burt,
Prof. Carr, 141 Business Administration Building.
"Is Religion Relevant to the Social Sciences: Politics?" .. .
Prof. Boulding, Prof. Henley, Lane Hall Library.
"How Are the World Religions Relevant to Communism?" .. .
Rev. Littlefair, Rm. 3-A, Michigan Union.
7:15 p.m. - "What Is the Christian Alternative to Fear and
Frustration?"... Rev. Herbert C. Wolf, Congregational Church.
PUBLIC FORUM - 8:30 p.m.
"What Prospects for Peace?" . . . B. Rajan, Brendan Sexton,
Prof. Rhodes Murphy, Rackham Assembly Hall.

'U' To Mark
Religion in
Life Week
Varied Program
To Be Presented
A varied program of speeches,
seminars, discussions and religious
services will fill the days this week
during the Third Annual Religion
in Life Week.
Based on the theme, "Is Religion
Relevant?" the Week'sevents will
attempt to show the student the
elationship between the teachings
of the pulpit and everyday life,
according to Lee Copple, Grad.,
Student Executive Committee
tors and religious leaders including
several University professors will
give their time tomorrow through
Thursday in order to lead the
seminars and contribute their
share to the yearly event.
Observance of the week will
begin tomorrow at the regularly
scheduled church services and at
student religious group meetings,
where many of the speakers will
deliver their first addresses of
the period.
The seminars, which will cover
topics ranging from religion and
education to religion and Com-
munism, will commence at 4:10
p.m. Monday. Four seminars will
take place simultaneously: "Is Re-
ligion Relevant to the Educational
Process?"; "Is Religion Relevant to
Industrial Relations?"; "Is Reli-
gion Relevant to the Social Sci-
ences; Sociology and Social
Work?"; and "Is Religion Relevant
to Family Life?"
These discussions will be held in
the University Elementary School
Cafeteria, 141 Business Adminis-
tration building, Lane Hall Library
and the League, respectively.
week will be Reuben G. Gustavson,
chancellor of the University of
Nebraska, who will deliver a lec-
ture, "Is Religion Relevant To-
day?" at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in
Rackham assembly hall.
Another highlight will be a
forum discussion at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday. At that time "What
Prospects for Peace?" will be
outlined by three advocates of
different lines of action. They
are B. Rajan, second secretary of
the delegation of India to the
United Nations, B. Sexton, edu-
cational director of the UAW of
the CIO, and Prof. William R.
Murphy, director of Oriental
studies at Ohio State University.
Rajan will present the Nehru
proposal for peace, Sexton will
speak for the Reuther plan, and
Prof. Murphy will deliver some
Quaker proposals.
* * *
SPECIAL religious observances
during the five day period will be
presented daily at the Congrega-
tional Church, 608 E. William.
Prof. Seymour Smith of Yale
Divinity School will deliver a series
of talks on "Is Religion Relevant
to My Life? What Difference Does
Faith in God Make?" during these
In addition to the regularly
scheduled seminars and services,
the Week's visitors will be on hand
daily for personal consultations
with students, will visit classrooms
and will lead after-dinner discus-
sions at the various house groups
throughout the campus.

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The keynote speech for Religion
In Life Week will be delivered at
8:30 p.m. Monday in Rackham
Assembly Hail when Reuben G.
Gustavson, chancellor of the Uni-
versity of Nebraska, will speak on
"The Relevance of Religion To-

Book Display
To BeShown
Books covering the various as-
pects and branches of religion will
be on display in a State St. book-
store during Religion In Life
Subjects ranging from the eco-
nomic and social to the political
approaches to religion will be
found in the book display. In
addition, the cultural aspects of
various religions in many lands
will be treated.
"This book display is a wonder-
ful way to get acquainted with
the interesting and different ap-
proaches to religion as treated by
various people. It will also serve
as a guide to greater understand-
ing toward their beliefs which,
though foreign to us, are a part
of their everyday lives," Ike
Campbell, chairman of the Book
Display Committee, said.


To Talk

For Religion Week


Known internationally as a
scientist and one of the outstand-
ing educators of the midwest,
Chancellor Gustavson has had a,
long, distinguished career.
HE RECEIVED his doctorate at
the University of Chicago, and has
since received five honorary de-
grees. He is an honorary member
of many scientific clubs, and in
1948 he was decorated by the Swe-
dish government for his work in
the fields of science and educa-
His biochemical research has
been recognized both here 'and
abroad. In 1930 he was a dele-
gate to the International Con-
gress for Glandular Research in
During and after World War
Two, Chancellor Gustavson served
in various government capacities.
During the war he served as a
liaison between the Argonne Na-
tional Laboratory at the Univer-
sity of Chicago, and the War De-
partment. He was also director
of a War Department project
which tested the effects of high
altitude flights on aviators.
AS A MEMBER of the U.S. Na-
tional Commission on UNESCO,
Chancellor Gustavson was a dele-
gate to the UNESCO conference
in Mexico City in 1947.
Chancellor Gustavson began his
teaching career at Colorado Agri-
cultural College where he served.
from 1917 to 1920. From 1920 un-
til 1943 he was a member of the
chemistry staff at the University
of Denver, becoming head of the
department in 1937. From 1943
to 1945 he served as president of
the University of Colorado.
Prior to his present association
with the University of Nebraska,
Chancellor Gustavson was Vice-
President and later Dean of Fac-
ulties at the University of Chicago.
Student Confabs
Guest speakers will be available
for personal consultations with
students throughout Religion in
Life Week.
Anyone desiring to meet and
speak with one of the leaders may
arrange for an appointment by
calling Mrs. Mildred Beam at Lane


Daily Associate Editor
The appearance of a "religious
humanist" here 20 years ago
caused a furor in the student body,
local churches and the Ann Arbor
community and left a cleavage so
deep that a religious emphasis
week was not re-instituted again
until 1949.
FOR MONTHS student religious
groups had been planning a Re-
ligious Emphasis Week which
would lift the University campus
out of its spiritual doldrums. The
week of February 22, 1931, was set
aside for special speeches and dis-
cussions on religious topics.
But the local Unitarian church
decided to bring the Rev. Curtis
W. Reese, a Chicago humanist,
to campus, and that set off the
Dr. Reese's position was based
'U' Professors
To Help With
Numerous University professors
and Ann Arbor ministers will join
with visiting dignitaries to act as
seminar and service leaders dur-
ing Religion in Life Week today
through Thursday.
Among participating faculty
will be James H. Robertson, assis-
tant Dean of the literary college.
Dean Robertson is chairman of
t h e University Family Living
Program committee.
Other professors who will take
part in the program include Prof.
Arthur Dunham of the School of
Social Work, Prof. William. J.
Schlatter, of the accounting de-1
partment, Prof. Kenneth Boulding1
of the economics department andt
Prof. Theodore M. Newcomb ofl
the sociology and psychology de-c

on a faith in the development of
the human individual and a be-
lief that truth could be found only
in the validity of human exper-
ience, not in revelation.
His speech touched off a clerical
merry-go-round that lasted the
entire week. Offended by the free-
thinking humanist, local ministers
and visiting theologians gathered
their forces.
** * *
publicly denounced intellectuals
who'thought they could get along
without God. And the Methodist
minister preached from his pulpit
Sunday on "Humanism," describ-
ing himself as a "humanist with
his eyes on God." A retired Unitar-
ian minister, asked to give the
prayer, called for a new "human-
ism with wings."
Student discussion throughout
the week reduced to a case of
liberal, humanized religion ver-
sus doctrinaire, orthodox reli-
gion. No one, apparently, was de-
clared winner.
The dissension caused by Dr.
Reese, however, did cut short any
attempt to revive Religious Em-
phasis Week. It was not until
March, 1949, that religious groups
tried again, this time with a new
name, Religion-in-Life Week.
* * *
ing the fuss of two decades ago, de-
clined to participate in the pro-
gram until it became established
as a tradition. This year for the
first time the local group will
bring a speaker to campus.
The speaker, Dr. Duncan E.
Littlefair, of Grand Rapids
Fountain Street church, is also
a religious liberal, but is said to
utilize the best in both radical
humanism and orthodox reli-
At any rate, Unitarian minister,
Rev. Edward Redman, is antici-
pating no repeat performance of
the 1931 drama. "We want to em-
phasize the similarities, not the
differences, between conservative
and liberal religions," he said.



Open Letter to Students

Editor's Note: The following is an
open letter to the student body from
Rev. DeWitt Baldwin, director of
Lane Hall.
The coming of the third Annual
Religion-in-Life Week on this
campus occurs after careful plan-
ning which began as early as last
May. The fact that more than
one hundred students have been
working on committees and plans
alone might make it significant.
Three other facts, however, have
impressed me by the preparation:
1. The intelligent manner in
which Religion is being consid-
ered. The theme of the Week
centers the emphasis on the
relevance of Religion.. The fact
that it is stated in the form of
a question, "Is Religion Rele-
vant?" indicates a spirit of con-
cern and a spirit of humility
and search.
2. The many religious groups
that are cooperating. Like the
.unique religious program on the
Michigan campus uniting all of
the organized faiths, so this em-
phasis brings together the efforts
of more than twenty groups of all
interpretations of Religion-Prot-
estant, Catholic, Jewish, t h e
Friends, the Latter Day Saints,
and others.
3. The array and quality of
the speakers who are to visit
our campus. Almost all of them
are well-known people, all are
Recently a student put down in
writing the objectives of the Re-
ligion-in-Life Week. To summar-
ize. she wrote: 1. To reach those

complete when its values are con-'
sidered carefully, using the bestt
techniques of mind and educa-
tional methods. Whatever ther
outcome of the coming five days,
this promises to be a Week of
spiritual challenge.
DeWitt C. Baldwin
Director, Lane Hall
Peace Forum t
To Be Held
"What Prospects for Peace?"
will be the topic of a public forum
which will be held at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday in Rackham auditorium
in connection with Religion in
Life Week.
Three approaches to the peace
problem will be discussed at the
forum, the Nehru proposals, the
Reuther plan and some Quaker
Speakers for the occasion
will be B. Rajan, of the delegation
of India to the United Nations,
Brendan Sexton of the education
department of the UAW of the
CIO and Prof. Rhoads Murphy,
director of far eastern studies at
Ohio State ,University.



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Religion in Life Week Marks
End of Year Long Planning

The coming of Religion in Life
Week tomorrow marks the begin-
ning of the end of almost a year's
work on the part of a hundred
student committee members.

ments for the crowded week's
The work began with the Stu-
dent Executive Committee, which
laid the initial plans. Under the

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