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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHB8IDGE HERAIO Tuesday, April )7, 1973 A former Presbyterian missionary to China discovers Chairman Mao has a Cocoons for silk Members of the teliu People's Commurte in China's Kwangtung province paddle their silk harvest along a watercourse. A Presbyterian minister Canad'an church- es should adapt some of the ideas used by the Chinese Com- WATCH FOR Fair-field Appliance Ser- vices ltd. Shag, Indoor- Outdoor Special in tomor- row's lethbridge Herald. By JOHN BURNS Special to The Herald Farm Mobility with Three-Wheel Stability (It's Fun, Too) NOMAD The Snowco three-wheel Nomad provides the low cost easy way 10 make hundreds of trips the livestock, the fences, the far pasture, for example. The Nomad's wide, low pressure knobby tires plus designed-m stability and (choice of) 5 HP or 7 HP engine enable it to handle any terrain including the deepest muck and mud For winter use. there s a front ski attachment And the auxiliary cargo carrier han- dles tools, spare parts and equipment Finally when the chores are done, the entire family can a whee of a time just running the Nomad around for fun For FREE DEMONSTRATION PHONE, WRITE OR CONTACT STANLEY'S DISTRIBUTORS BOX 665, COALHURST, ALBERTA PHONE 328-34O2 PEKING The elders of ttie church might find it hard to be- 1 i e v e or perhaps they former moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada piCT-ped up in a Chinese hospital bed quoting Chairman Mao Tse Tung, referring roguishly to '-Chairman Jesus" and avowing in all earnestness that Canadian churches have much to learn from the father of Chinese Communism. With five years experience as a missionary in Manchuria in the thirties. E H. (Ted) John- son, 63, is no newcomer to Chi- na, but it is only since he was in Pelting with an inflamed appendix that he has had the time to study the writ- ings of to conclude that the Chinese leader has "a tre- mendous amount to teach the Canadian church." Now Chairman Mao is no ad- mirer of religion and has even described gods and goddesses as objects" in his writings, so praise of those same writings might seem in- congruous corniag from one of Canada's leading churchmen. But when that churchman is Dr. Johnson it is perhaps not so strange. Maverick Firstly he has something of a reputation as a maverick, es- pousing ideas and causes that are not always popular with mainstream opinion in the church. And then there is his family heritage. His late uncle, Hewlett Johnson, was nick- named the rsd dean by the Brit- ish press v hen. as Dean of Can- terbury, he wrote sympa- thetiea'ly of the achievements of in Russia and China So there he ensconced in a tight little room on the second floor of Pc''s Capital Hospi- tal, fussed over by a squad of solicitous doctors and nurses and sciz us spare minute to bury himself in volume one of the chairman's selected v.wks. underlining passages he finds particularly appcalng wi'h a borrowed ballpoint pen. "You kno-r. Jie says, waving the volume in the air for em- phasis, "the man really has tre- mendous gifts as a teacher You cannot he'p being impressed with his great humanitarianism, his repeated rejection of dog- matism and his tremendous faith in tlK> creative gifts of the individual human being.'' Such philosophical con- ceptions, of course, are no more the exclusive properly of Maoism than they are of Chris- tianity, and Dr Johnson is quick Jo acknowledge as much So what he would like to borrow for the cnurdi in Canada 15 noi so much the chairman's philoso- phy as Ins leadings on the ap- of n in everyday Me, Commitment In particular he would Slw see the church adrmt the practice of calling for a total commitment from all those in its constituency. "At present the church in Canada doesn't ask for anything but the fringes of a person's life, and that is all it he says. "Compare that with the book is challenges the individual to make a com- plete commitment." And what wwjld this mean to the average churchgoer in Can- ada? "Well, I'll give you an ex- says Dr. Johnson. "Chairman Jesus teaches that when you see a hungry man on the street you should give him food. Now our churchgoers hear that when they sit in their pews on Sunday, but do they do it on Monday? Not very many of them do." Another example' 'Well, take an elder- of the United Church in Canada. He may be a direc- tor of a company like Brascan, making fantastic profits in a country where there is a tre- mendous gulf between the few who are very rich and the many who are very poor. But does the church attempt to per- suade this man what he as a Christian should be doing a director of such a company? Of course it does not. "Compare this wM: Chairman Mao. He has some "xtraor- dinarily luminous insights into human problems and one of them is that human considera- tions must always take preced- ence over economic and tech- nological development This is a lesson that every Chinese is ex- pected to absorb and to put into practice in has daily life Another Maoist practice Dr. Johnson would like to see adcp-ted by the church in Can- ada is the insistence on people at the and workers in China, ortfinpry wor- shippers in the case of the involved in dis- cussions of policy and. to the extent that it Is possib'" in the decision-making process itself. Participation "The church has to adopt structures that involve the indi- vidual and put 'fife into hw membership of the church. B yov read Mr. Mao you see the tremendous faith be has in tte creative of the ha Take a SUNFLIGHT VACATION to one of these Holiday Destinations HAWAII MAZATLAND SPAIN PORTUGAL MOROCCO CANARY ISLANDS 1973 Spring and Summer Departures now available Phone or Call AMA WORLD TRAVEL for your FREE, PULL COLOR BROCHURE! "For the Best In Travel ALL-WAYS" Coll or Visit A.M.A. World Travel Service 608 5th Ave.S. Phone 328-7921 or 378-1181 All enquiries welcome open Mondoy rtirv SoJurxJoy 9 o.m. to 5 p m Ample parkins ct of building ;