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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH 10 00 a m School (Classes for all ages) 11 00 am Service Message The C'onquest of Inconsistency 7 00 p m Story for the children Special Music Message Heaven s Hallalujah Chorus_____ Svengollcel Church In 1402 Ave. N. Pattor D. EVERYONE IS WELCOME BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH Morning Service 10 30 Evening Service 8 00 CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Cor 5th Ave S SALVATION HEALINGS MIRACLES Pastor REV T W ROYCROFT 1115 am Service 7 00 p m Service IMC .HUM I LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M L ISRAELSON 520 7th Street South Home of the Sunshine Evangel Hour Listen every Sunday 10 30 p m CJOC 1220 K.C. 9 45 a m School (Classes for all ages) 11 00 am Worship 7 00 p m Service 7 00 p m (Tues Prayer and Bible Study 6 30 p m (Friday) Young People's Service A hearty invitation is extended to all and a warm welcome awaits you LETHBRIDGE CATHOLIC CHURCHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE and 10th ST S bATURDAY 7 00 p m Sunday Obligation SUNDAY 900am 1030am 12 Noon ASSUMPTION 2405 12th AVE S SATURDAY 7 30 p m Obligation SUNDAY, 8 a m 930am 11 00 am, 4 30pm Folk Mass 1045 a m Hall ST. PETER PAUL'S (BYZANTINE RITE) CORNER 7th AVE and 12th ST B NORTH SUNDAY LITURGY 9 a m and 11 a m SOUTHMINSTER 4th Ave. and litn M.S. MINISTERS. Rev Kenneth W Morris B Sc B D Rev William Calderwood W A DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Mr WilfreJ WoolhObSe ORGANIST EMERITUS Mr A K Rutland SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 11 00 am United Church Services SERMON "IN THE LIGHT" Rev Blake Anderson McKiLLOP UNITED CHURCH Serving Southeast Lethbndge from 15th Ave and 24th S S" MINISTER REV BLAKE ANDERSON Ctoir Director Mr H Van Egteren Organist MRS C GREENE SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 11 00 am United Church Service To be held at Southmmster United Church FIRST UNITED CHURCH ol Slh Avenue and 13th North MINISTER REV KEN JORDAN B A B D D.rector of Music MRS DOROTHY GLOCK ATCH, RMT SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 11 00 am worship service Joint Summer Services at Southmmster SOUTHERN JAPANESE UNITED CHURCH Corner of 9th Ave. 9th Street North Minister Rev Ben Murata BD SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 7 30 p m Japanese joint worship service to be held In Lethbridge THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA A UNION OF PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES Moderator RIGHT REV N BRUCE McLEOD Toronto President of Conference Dr Nelson R Mercer Chairman of Presbytery Rev T Medicine Hat Is the Christian gospel necessarily on the side of capitalism? WCC suffers from confusion By CLIFFORD LONGLEY The Times of London LONDON Even its best friends are worried about the World Council of Churches Extreme critics of this controversial world organiza- tion allege, more or less, that it has been hijacked by a bunch of Marxists owing more allegiance to Moscow than to the Christian gospel The truth is less dramatic, but not reassuring the WCC, representing nearly half of all Christians in the world, suf- fers from confusion, not fanaticism In a series of interviews with leaders of the mam departments in the council s world headquarters in Geneva recently I found great anxiety that the mission world Christianity has set for them, mav prove to be impossible All the recent troubles sur- rounding the WCC may simply be the manifestations of that fact of impossibility With the world split as u is, and Christianity split with it, any organization like the World Council of Churches is probably on a hiding to nothing UNBEARABLE Even the Vatican, with all its authority and central control over world Catholicism is finding the tension between progress and unity almost unbearable Almost and probably are necessary qualifications, for Christianity has a habit of sur- viving Whether the WCC can survive is another matter One issue has done more damage to the WCC in the eves of the Western churches than all the others put together the Programme to Combat Racism and in particular its special fund for liberation movements It was because of this that the general synod of tne Church of England recent- ly voted to axe about from its annual donation to the WCC and for the same reason the council has become a prime target for hostile propaganda on behalf of the government in South Africa From this fund substantial grants have been made to African guerrilla movements in the Portuguese African provinccs Depending on who one talks to there are two defences put up on behalf of the WCC It is not untypical of the situation that these two arguments are not entirely reconcilable It is said that the world ecumenical movement as represented in visible form by the WCC had a duty to declare its solidarity with peoples who were struggling for their basic rights of self-determination and freedom from foreign oppression It is pointed out, to placate the anxieties in the Western churches, that the grants had a proviso attached that they could only be used for humanitarian purposes, and not for the propagation of violence And it is added that of the WCC s Geneva-based staff of about 120, only three members are concerned with the Programme to Combat Racism But a gesture of support is a gesture of support, whatever proviso is attached that an organization like Frehmo, in Portuguese East Africa, is primanlv to pursue an armed conflict The subtletj of the WCC's position has been lost in the real world of cross tempers and bold headlines Far more worrying to the council than the British reaction has been the concern expressed by the German Evangelical Church, by far the largest single fman cial supporter of the WCC's budget The German Lutheran bishops recently raised the whole question with Dr Philip Potter general secretary of the WCC, telling him that German Christians in par- ticular had historical reasons for their deep aversion from church involvement in violence Because of their past generosity, compared with British parsimony, German Lutherans are able to exert great influence in Geneva REAPPRAISAL Significantly, the next meeting of the central com- mittee of the World Council of Churches is being held in August in West Berlin, and will have on its agenda a com- plete reappraisal of the programme to combat racism It is likely to be stormy many African and Third World churches are totally committed to the PCR and some regard it as barely adequate Like all debates on policy within the World Council of churches, this discussion will again lay bare one of the great inherent weaknesses of the council s constitution The Christianity it seeks to represent is still a divided Christianity without a com- mon philosophy And it is even more seriously divided between "progressives and across the spectrum of belief than it is SOPER CALLS FOR POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT The age of doubt is forcing Christians to be more political, according to Donald Lord Soper a controversial British Methodist preacher and writer Soper's views about the Christian in politics are aired in the current issue of The United Church Observer He says our acquaintance with other religions our experience of a pluralistic society has brought us if not doubts perturbations which our fathers did not share The practical result is that Christians must be politically involved to be believable Super, whose article is a condensation of a speech he made in Toronto recently, suggests that Christian political action can have much to do with altering the means of distribution Well known as a Christian socialist, he says that rightly following the teachings of Jesus and the early Christians would alter the political behaviour of todav s Christians Jesus' teachings about equality are what even the most rabid capitalist practices at home You wouldn t think much of familj life if your children had to pay tor food at the table, or if you blew a whistle and those who got there first got the grub Soper says While accepting that kind of practice on the family level Christians have made the mistake of saying that enlightened self interest which is really only another name for selfishness, runs our social system, instead of welfare and communitv To people who say legislation cannot make people good Soper replies we haven t bothered saying that vou can make it much more difficult for them to be bad along the old denominational lines This rift within the churches is manifested in their day to day internal affairs, and not just in their relations with the World Council of Churches But the WCC, for sociological and even psychological reasons has become closely identified with the progressive' camp It was after all quite natural that those churchmen most impatient with old theological Christians in other denominations should also be most impatient with that view of the church which sees it as having no business getting in- volved in political and social questions In every department of the WCC the separation of church and society is regarded as completely untenable, and as contrary to the basic tenets of Lutheranism if one is a Lutheran Anglicanism if one is an Anglican Calvinism if one is a Calvmist There are of course Lutherans, Anglicans and Calvimsts who would not agree but they are unlikely to be attracted to Geneva in the first place either as staff members or as elected members of the central com- mittee Thus the department concerned with mission and Evangelism traditionally an area from political questions finds itself deal- ing with the relationship between religion and culture If the white Western middle class features of Protestant Christianity are eliminated what exactly is the irreducible core of the Christian gospel9 And in a world in political turmoil whose side is it on9 The department concerned with passing aid from rich western churches to poorer Third World churches finds itself asking why the Third World is poor, and whether this form of international chantv might be part of the explanation Is the Christian gospel necessarily on the side of capitalism or might it not in some circumstances be on the side of socialism9 The department concerned with education has raised fun- damental questions about the purposes of the educational system is it to train and condition children to conform and not to question the status quo9 If so is this Christian9 These questions arise almost automatically once the step is taken out of a purely national denominational loyalty into a world ecumenical perspective Maritime Presbyterians rejoice H. RAVNER CP Correspondent BELFAST PEI (CP) The original shingles, hand- split and planed 150 years ago, still are on the roof of St John's Presbyterian Church held m place by nails made by the local blacksmith For a century and a half the wooden church has stood on the hill at Belfast, sur- rounded by the graves of Highland pioneers and their descendants On Sunday the congregation begins a four- day celebration of the landing of the first settlers and the building of the church More than 800 Highland set- tlers were brought out in 1803 by Thomas Douglas, fifth Earl of Selkirk Some came from the shires of Ross, Argyll and Inverness, a few from the islands of Uist and Mull, but the great majority were from the Tsle of Skye Many trades and occupa- tions were represented, teach- ers, farmers, soldiers, tailors, millers, blacksmiths and shepherds among them The largest of the three sail- ing ships which carried the Selkirk settlers was the Polly She anchored off shore on Aug 7, 1803, and most of her passengers became residents of the Belfast area at the eastern end of Prince Ed- ward Island Stones of the hazards of sailing have come down through the years On one oc- casion the Polly was hailed by