Sunday, 18 January 2009

Free at Lancaster University

The 'Free machine' rolls into Lancaster University over the next fortnight: it's the turn of the CU there to offer their campus the opportunity to engage with Jesus and his claims.

The CU at Lancaster have got quite brave plans for the next fortnight: aiming to give out 4000 Gospels by hand (representing over one-third of the university undergraduate population), five lunchbars, five evening talks the following week as well as events in departments and colleges. I've also been really delighted to see how creative the CU have been in putting together plans: there's a Free 'Zine of poetry that's been made by some Creative Writing students, a series of audiovisuals to be shown on the uni LCD boards and a whole 'bedroom' assembled in the centre of campus where people will be able to come, chill out and say what they think constitutes true freedom. It's been great seeing everyone pull together and use their gifts.

Please pray for the CU over the coming fortnight. This next couple of weeks is probably as high-profile as the group there have been during my time; not least because of the Free marquee currently standing outside of a busy university building. We can expect opposition and things probably won't be plain sailing. But pray that we're bold in proclaiming the gospel, and that God uses these efforts to bring others to faith over the coming weeks and months.

Week 1 speaker Michael Ots gives his perspective.


Anonymous said...

get the fuck out of my university you fool, you have no right to spread this shit in a place of learning. Grow up.

peterdray said...

Hi there anonymous,

I'm really sorry that you feel so strongly about what we're doing at Lancaster University. However, all I can say is that we're very openly and without pressure giving individuals on campus the opportunity to make their minds up about Jesus through responding to the evidence. Most people form their opinions of Jesus and infant school and then never challenge these as an adult. And surely thinking and responding to the evidence is something to be celebrated in a university?