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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THI IETHBRID9I HMALD Auguit 1973 THE LETHiRIDGE HERALD ber. Sculp tare Student Paulos Mchunu works on his Fair carved in blue gum tim- fSoul doctor1 encourages deep Christian experience By NOEL BUCHANAN Herald Staff Writer Ben Murata describes him- as a doctor of souls. The bearded Japan- ese-Canadian is the new pastor of Lethbridge Japanese United Church. In spite of all human deficiencies and cultural Mr. Murata believes the Christian Gospel is a truth to be shared with all people. ministry is mainly di- rected toward Japanese Cana- REV. BEN MURATA he said this week in an interview. But he quickly added some Caucasian neighbors liv- ing near the church also par- ticipate in -worship. the fall we will com- mence English language wor- ship -in addition to regular Japanese Christian Mr. Murata said. Hymn books. Bibles and other Christian literature is available in although the con- gregation has no difficulty using English Mr. Murata said. HARD CHOICE Japanese Christian often has to make a harder choice about his Mr. Murata said. live in a pagan society. Japanese know about Buddhism and Shinto wor- ship. They know what differ- ence there is between Eastern religions and Christianity. For Christian conversion means having to leave their family and relatives. But when they strongly believe in the truth they are able to make this Mr. Murata says E a s t era faiths are penetrating the West- ern world more now because Christianity has collapsed. He says Western Crhistianity often lacks the deep conviction and spiritual richness such as ex- pagans experience. a doctor of he says. trying to remind generations of Japanese in Can- ada of the spiritual decisions made by their ancestors. I am afraid that while assimilation is to be expected and encour- too many Japanese-Cana- dians are going the way of the becoming materialistic spiritual Born and educated in Mr. Murata attributes contact with Canadian missionaries dur- ing frontier ministry as the be- ginning to his eventual perma nent settling in North America. While completing graduate studies at the University of To- Mr. Murata assisted as a summer supply minister 'or Japanese conregations. he visited Canada again on be- half of an orphanage place- ment program and as a uni- versity club tour leader. Establishing many contacts and strengthening his affection for Canadian Mr. Murata applied to the United Church of Canada permanent work under that denomination. Accompanied by his wife and three Mr. Murata comes to Southern Alberta after serving Vancouver Japanese United Church during the past four years. BE A Chef order cook.. a baker.. a butcher a restaurateur. A few of the exciting open to you when you enroll In the School of Technical Voca- tional Education at the Lethbridgtf Community College. But there's so much more. The School of Technical vocational Education also offers you a future In welding or ASSURED CARHRt L.C.C. f tiMtent Community RELIGION Mission art centre links old and new By MARJOK1E BRUCE-MILNE Christian Science Monitor RORKE'S South Africa I peered out the window as the plane taxied over the bare veld. Outside waiting for me was fair-hair- ed Malin an art in- structor at the Rorke's Drift Arts and Crafts Centre. Lured by a remarkable ex- hibit of African art in Cape- miles I had journeyed to its place of ori- this remote spot in northern Natal. Twenty-five miles of dirt road lay between the taxi strip and the old mission sta- tion that is Rorke's Drift. We had covered about eight of them when Matin braked the ancient jalopy and waved to- ward a curving hill in the far distance. In the clear South African air a long low building stood out distinctly against the ris- ing ground. Africans call the hill the be- cause of its she ex- plained. is also their name for the whole The arts and crafts which was founded as a mis- sion by the Evangelical Luth- eran Church in was the scene of fierce fighting in the Zulu wars. Now it has be- come one of the most successful ventures in South and is almost entirely self-supporting. Scything After we Malin and I stood on the verandah and watched three African wo- men scything the long grass. Food for the said Malin. keep snakes away from the house. We have and puff adders. But it's you in the four years we've been here no one has been includes Otto Lund- Malin's a black-bearded young Swede who took over the art centre from Peder and Ulla Goven- launchers of the venture. The two of us moved on to the sheds where the artists work. Laughter It was a delight to be there. There was talking and a great deal of but none of the noise and clatter usually associated with industry. The only other sounds were soft and the whir of either from the 40 wooden spinning wheels worked by or from the kick-wheels in the pot- tery. Altogether some 150 men and women work at Rorke's about 100 of them in the weaving where the majority are engaged in creative work on the looms. There is a waiting list of some 200 women eager to be trained and to work at the centre. We followed the progress of the karakul wool used in mak- ing tapestries and carpets. Long and it arrived all rough and was wash- and combed into oblong trusses. Then it went to the spinners to be turned into yarn. Karakul comes In many na- tural creamy white through subtle gray to dark- est brown. These are with the wide range of bright colors the Shiyana dy- CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 475 11th St. S. J. R. Minister Mr. D. Organ AN 327-4774 Family Service a.m. service for adults S.S. Classes for Evening Service p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME ers produce. A special tech- nique makes the fabric tough enough for a floor covering. As a rule the weaver makes his or her own work- ing from a pencil sketch that may measure only a few square inches. From This modest they man- age to produce a many-colored tapestry. Once the work is shown to all the other weavers who discuss its mer- its. For rugs and carpets the artists seem to prefer tradi- tional abstract designs of the kind used in decorating their but for tapestries they often draw on Bible stories or their own rich folklore. No de- sign is ever duplicated. Spinners and finishers are paid by the the pot- ters earn a basic plus 20 per cent of the selling price. Carpet and tapestry weavers receive a quarter of the selling price. The rest goes to support the centre. Kiln Women still make pots by the ancient coil method. But a modern fired to degrees and a knowledge of glazing tech- niques have transformed the often crude red pots into stoneware -vessels not only durable but beautiful. Mak- ing pots always had been con- sidered woman's but at Shiyana the men are delight- ed to operate a kick- wheel. Though the Swedish staff of Rorke's Drift is paid by the Church of Sweden the school is completely indepen- dent. It is not concerned with religious instruction and has no political affiliation. The school can take 30 students. There is a two-year art course and a one-year training in domestic science. At the moment there are 10 art four boys and six girls. The subjects include art the graphic fabric and photography. Experiment For the first two months students are encouraged to experiment in many fields. When they discover where their talent they can specialize. At the end of two years they either set up as inde- pendent artists if neces- are helped in acquiring or they may work in the centre. Several ex-art students now have their own studios. among them Caiphas Nxumalo and Azaria have reputations out- side South Africa. Twenty students can take the one-year domestic-science course. It includes Instruction in all domestic subjects and in such practical crafts as knitting child and music. The stu- dents live in hostels on the property. They come from all over South Africa and pay a fee of 80 rand a year to cover food and and all necessary equipment. One of the broad amis of Rorke's Drift is to provide DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES ax a continuing memorial Ph. 327-5322 or 328-4565 PLACED IN PRISONS gainful employment for local people. Another is to nurture their artistic heritage. Nomads Originally the Bantu were nomads. Then as they travel- ed south and settle they used the materials at hand to beautify their surroundings. From native grasses they wove mats and often in exquisite they made clay pots for household and they decorated their huts. and ivory were used for carving. A few of the men became metalsmiths and made spears for the this was a closed and secret craft. But with the im- pact of a more in- dustrialized the tra- ditional skills atrophied. The Bantu themselves began to doubt their and paraf- fin tins replaced the clay pots. in recent educators such as John W. author of the book Arts and Crafts for have realized how vital it is to revive these and not only to revive but with the help of new materials and improved techniques to make them a bridge between the old tribal civilization and the modern world. That's what the Rorke's Drift Arts and Crafts Centre is trying to do. Tapestry Vuminkozl Zulu weaves colon Into a tapestry on a shutterless loom. British commentator sees Canadian at Canterbury LONDON Will a Ca- nadian someday be named Archbishop of Canterbury and Bible quiz team goes to Toronto A Bible quiz team from Leth- bridge Pentecostal Tabernacle this weekend flys east to com- pete in national competition in Toronto. Four girls coached by Kathy Filler recently won the Alber- ta and Western Canada defeating a British Columbia team by 10 points. Quiz team members are re- quired to memorize extensive passages of Scripture. This year's contest was based on the Gospel of John. Members of the Lethbridge team representing West e r n Canada this weekend are Ar- lene Irene Ray Ann Sparks and Karen Austring. assume leadership of the entire Anglican The prospect still seems a distant one at best. But at least one leading commentator here believes it is a distinct possi- bility for the future. Clifford noted reli- gious affairs correspondent with The Times recently wrote that if the Church of Eng- land loses the lead- ership of the Anglican commu- it is a safe bet that the role will pass to the Anglican Church of Canada. leadership of the Angli- can if that be Can- ada's would necessarily in due course mean the lead- ership of the Church of Eng- said Longley. A Canadian Archbishop of he in be acceptable to the mother church and the He based much of his reasoning on a close obser- vation of Canadians attending a recent Dublin meeting of the Anglican consultative Longley said. At that he it was apparent that dis- tinctive flavor of Canadian not confined to Anglicanism but characteristic of much of the rest of Canadian has precisely those enliven- ing and invigorating attributes which the Anglican community so badly CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4 AVE. S. SUNDAY TROTH That School Service WEDNESDAY Meeting READING ROOM p.m. Open Sat SOUTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720.21 S. Donald R. Evangtliit Study a.m. a.m. and p.m. p.m. For information and Sfgdy 328-0972 or 3284655 EVERYONE 4 A WELCOME A THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue S. 1 Corps Officers MAJORS THELMA M. JOAN M. PIERCE School Worship Service WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME Aug 13-17 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 7-9 P.M. 1202 3rd Avo. South A. DANIEL GOLDSMITH MINISTER FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL THREE IN OLD CHINESE SERVICE WHO IN AUG. 19th VANCOUVER CHINESE CHRISTIAN CHORALE COMBINED SUMMER SERVICES St. Andrew's Baptist Chuich PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 5th Avenue South Rev. C. K. M.Div. Organist-MRS. HILDA COLEMAM 1614 5th Avenue South Draw near to SERVICE OF WORSHIP AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ARE WHAT Nursery and Children's Church NO EVENING SERVICE YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US Go out to live ;