Climaxing ten years of steady growth, the Bishop Rhinelander Foundation is currently sponsoring a series of talks by John D. Wild, associate professor of Philosophy, on Arnold J. Toynbee's "A Study of History."
Wild's Sunday evening lectures form only part of a program that extends educational, social, and religious facilities to more than 3,000 Episcopalian students in the University. Located at 24 Farwell Place, the Rhinelander Foundation sponsors Tuesday afternoon teas, Sunday morning breakfasts, Sunday morning services, and various sorts of social work in local settlement houses.
The Reverend Frederick B. Kellogg, formerly associated with Christ Church, conceived the basic idea of the Foundation in 1937 and persuaded Bishop Rhinelander to endow it. Today the organization, which supports itself primarily by donations, boasts a board of trustees including such names as John H. Finley '25, Eliot Professor of Greek and Master of Eliot House, and Mason Hammond '25, associate professor of Greek and Latin and Master of Kirkland House.
According to the Reverend Mr. Kellogg, the current increase in attendance at Foundation activities can be attributed in part to an increase of interest in religion. He suggests that the late 1930's was not so ripe a period for religion as is the present.
Defining the central purpose of the Rhinelander Foundation as fulfillment of "Christianity's need for application," the Reverend Mr. Kellogg relates all the various functions of the organization to "social and sociological" activities.
The administrative core of the Foundation's work is a fifteen-man "student council," composed of both Harvard and Radcliffe undergraduates under the presidency of Paul Van Buren ocC. Nearly all council members are chairmen of sub-organizations, such as the choir which sings at the Sunday services.
Although the majority of the participants are Episcopalians, one third of the attendance at Tuesday less and Sunday evening lectures are of assorted other seats, functions of the Foundation being open to all interested.