by Larry Smith
"The Rev Nev and family flew out on Friday to the Uk having been recalled by the Methodist Missionary Society at the request of the Synod here. It was all a most unsavoury controversy triggered by Sean McWeeny's slightly-racial remarks at the QC speech day, and I found it impossible to give my whole sympathy to either the Rev Nev or his critics. My abiding impression is that after seeing some of the comments which were hurled back and forth I'm more than ever convinced that you don't have to be a Christian to be a church member. About 12 of the QC staff have given in their notices to leave at the end of the school year. They went on strike for a day in protest at the Rev. Nev's ousting." - Jim Graves, Tribune editor
That comment from the English editor of the Tribune, whose daughter, Jane, was one of my classmates at Queen’s College in the late 1960s, was from a personal communication written in March 1971.
It referred to a bitter, though relatively short-lived, controversy that swept the capital during a critical moment in the nation’s sociopolitical development.
The man who sparked it all was an activist cleric with a forceful personality by the name of Neville Stewart, a one-time chemist with a divinity degree from Cambridge who had been sent by the Methodist Missionary Society in London to accelerate the integration of mostly white Queen’s College.