Reasons for Christian group’s suspension unclear, leader says

November 20, 2006

by Mary-Catherine Lader

The Brown Daily Herald

The University suspended the Christian student group Reformed University Fellowship earlier this semester, though the group’s president said the reasons for suspension remain unclear and have not been communicated adequately to him.The group, which is led by Ethan Wingfield ‘07, is one of 110 RUF chapters across the country and, Wingfield believes, the first to be suspended or “kicked off campus” by a university. RUF’s parent organization, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, encourages its members to “uniquely engage (their) community in the gospel” and “grow as ambassadors of God's grace,” according to its Web site.The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life formally suspended Brown’s chapter of RUF for the 2006-07 academic year on Sept. 13. In an e-mail sent that day from Chaplain of the University Janet Cooper Nelson to Wingfield, Cooper Nelson said the suspension came after Trinity Presbyterian Church had revoked sponsorship of RUF and that the Brown student group had demonstrated “non-compliance with University policy and procedure...

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