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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE August Tin- Herald- Religion Service times adjusted TABER (HNS) Commencing Sept. 1 for a two-year period, hours of church meetings at the Taber LDS Stake Centre for the First and Second Wards will be reversed. First Ward meetings will be: priesthood meeting 8 a.m., Sunday School 9 30 a.m.. sacrament meeting 4 p.m. except on the first Sunday each month when the fast and testimony meeting will follow Sunday School at a.m. Relief society meetings will be held each Thursday morning. Primary at 4 p.m. each Tuesday, and MIA at p.m. each Thursday. The Second Ward will meet for Sunday School at 11 a.m. following priesthood meeting which commences at a.m. Sacrament meeting time is 6 p m. except for the first Sunday at 12 noon Relief society will meet at a.m. Tuesdays, Primary at 4 p.m. Thursdays, and MIA at p.m. Tuesdays. Methodist writer dies CLAREMONT, Calif (AP) Georgia Harkness, theologian, author and educationist died this week after a brief illness She was 83. Dr. Harkness was the author of more than 30 books, the most recent published last year. Among her most well received books were the Church and Its Laity in 1962, Women in the Church in 1972 and Mysticism in 1973 From 1950 until her retirement in 1961 she was professor of religion at Pacific School of Religion at Berkeley. Calif She was a member of the general conference of the Methodist Church at six general conferences Housing crusade sought GUELPH. Ont. (CP> The 26th general council of the United Church of Canada will ask the federal government to undertake a "national housing crusade" to help ease the current housing shortage Envisaged in a resolution from the Bay of Quinte conference, adopted by the council, is construction of homes each vear at a cost of about billion to be recovered through mortgage repayments. The resolution said such a program would dramatically re- ducv unemployment and stimulate the construction industry. It urged that fullv-serviced lots at a maximum of be made available, "or the provision of building lots on a low-cost lease basis isimilar to practices in Great WCC cancels Jakarata meet BERLIN (Reuter) The World Council of Churches (WCC) announced this week that it has cancelled plans to hold its 1975 general assembly in Jakarta because the Indonesian govern- ment, feared it would endanger national unity. The WCC policy-making central committee took the decision "with deep regret' after the Indonesian government had in- formed them that members of the country's Moslem commu- nity, representing 85 per cent ot the population, had recently ex- pressed "strong reservations" about holding the assembly there The WCC represents most major Protestant and Eastern Orthodox denominations. The committee felt that because of what it called "misun- derstandings" about the nature of the assembly it would be bet- ter to change the location Toronto and Geneva are the front-runners, a committee spokesman said. BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH Morning Service Evening Service LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH 1202-3rd Avn. S. A D GOLDSMITH, Pastor 3.00 p.m Chinese Alliance Services Pastor J. Chuang Sunday School 11 Service p.m Service EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive PASTOR REV. H. J. JOST PHONE 327-6113 School Service Service "A Cordial Invitation to All" LAKEViEW MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH 15th Ave. 29th St. South Pastor Rev. Henry Unrau Phone 329-3542 School Promotion Time GOD AND I" Church Picnic in honour of new comers to our church: Location Henderson Park. Service at Henderson Park (weather Special Testimonies ____________by World Impact Missionaries S Theology, culture behind female bar By ALDEN WHITMAN New York Times Service NEW YORK Women, in most Judeo Christian religions, may be leaders of their people, they may be prophets and evangelists and they may attain sainthood, but with still rare exceptions the sacerdotal, or priestly, function is reserved for men. In the theologically traditional groups, the bar against women has been absolute. The current arguments in the Episcopal church over the recent ordination of 11 women attest to the power of that injunction. The explanation is cultural and theological. The society from which Judaism evolved was strongly patriarchal and its organization and mores were based on virtually total male supremacy. When the ancient Jews eschewed polytheism, they conceived their single god as masculine. As Jewish thought came to be elaborated in the Old Testament and in numerous commentaries on divine law, theology reinforced and hardened customary patriarchy, the priesthood was inexorably male. Singular women, Ruth and Esther, might be community leaders. But no woman could be a member of the religious community, the sign of which was circumcision. This sex determined exclusion was extended to keep women from temple rites, save as auditors. Only in the fast vear or two have women been accepted as rabbis, and only in Reform Judaism, which has long been doctrinally radical in comparison with the Orthodox and Conservative branches. Some years ago, the then tiny Jesus cult introduced some modifications into Jewish theology, but without altering Judaism's basic notion of a masculine godhead, and, by corollary, a male priesthood. Not only did Jesus treat women with respect, but early post crucifixion Christians also admitted them to the possibility of salvation. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor Paul wrote in Galatians 3.28. "For you are all one in Christ Jesus." Women also served as deaconesses, the lowest of church functionaries, into patristic times. However, as Christianity spread in the Polytheistic world, it was adopted by some peoples who had lived in a world of priestesses, such as Astarte in Phoenicia and Isis in Egypt. "There is clear evidence that in this non Catholic Christian world there were according to Dr. Cyril Richardson, professor of church history at Union Theological Seminary. Richardson cited the gnostics and the montanists of the first century, whose religion was syncretic because it fused opposites, in this case male and female, and recognized that women had mantic, or soothsaying, powers. But the church fathers, writers of the early church whose works on the scriptures and Christian doctrine are still considered of weight, condemned these groups as hertical and built up a body of opinion that excluded women as priests. Augustine, Origen and Jerome went back to prelapsanan times, before the fall, and, of course, to Eve's creation from Adam's rib, to demonstrate male superiority. They also developed the theological proposition that, since Christ's humanity was male, the instrument of his flesh, must be male. The fathers, nonetheless, often spoke of the spirituality of women, and beginning in the early middle ages, this was incorporated into doctrine through Mariology, the veneration of the virgin, who derived her spirituality from the fact that she was the mother of Christ. The dualism has remained. Historically, only one small exception was made, by Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century. Aquinas said that in extreme conditions, when no men were about, a woman could baptize validly. He derived this sacramental power from Galatians Patristic and Thomist doctrines on the male priesthood and the subordination and submission of women have become codified in canon law, a large part of which was adopted by the Church of England in its 16th century breakaway from Rome and by its later offshoot, the Episcopal Church in the United States. ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818-5th Ave. South Rev. L. D. Hanklnson, Minister Mr. W. Kooy, Organist FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1614 5th Ave. South Rev. G. Keith Churchill, Minister Quest A. K. Putland COMBINED SUMMER SERVICES Draw near to God! ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Strange and Hardship" Nursery Provided YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US Go out to live Women priests sadden bishop MONTREAL (CP) Women will never be accepted into the priesthood of the An- tiochian Christian Orthodox Church says its North American E. Saliba. Archbishop Saliba, in Mon- treal to attend the 29th annual North American Antiochian conference, said the church does not consider women inferior to men. Nevertheless, he said, was "saddened to learn of the recent and dangerous con- siderations of ordinations to the priesthood by the Anglican Episcopal Church in America." he told a news conference Tuesday, "are permitted to serve on church councils in the parishes, can sing in the choir and can even preach. But priests must be men." There are about 100 parishes belonging to the church in North America and about 000 members. The r-hi'rch members attending this week's conference will discuss women in the church hierarchy, homosexuality, and the war in Cyprus. Gospel businessmen keep feet on ground Attends Bar Mitzvah U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger with his son, David, 12, following a bar mitzvah ceremony last weekend. A small, private gathering followed the Jewish cere- mony conducted at the Berlin Chapel, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass. EDMONTON (CP) Dr. Brian Hodges administers a special remedy when his son suffers from a headache and severe flu. He prays. Dr. Hodges believes in divine healing. "When our baby boy was fe- verish, we prayed and he got better almost immediately." For more severe ailments he uses conventional medicine and prayer. The physician is one of 30 European singers at Coaldale COALDALE (HNS) The Bienenberg Choir from the European Mennonite Bible School in Switzerland will pre- sent a program of music this evening at 8 p.m. in Coaldale Mennonite Conference Church. Bringing an alpine horn, the Bienenberg Choir under the direction of Hans Jakob Ruefenacht arrived in New York. July 31 to commence a two month tour of North America. The choir will make 65 appearances during their tour. Primary purpose of the tour is praise and worship. In ad- dition, such a trip affords fellowship across inter- national, linguistic and cultural lines. This is the fourth such choir trip to North America. Choir members personally pay ail expenses for the trans Atlan- tic part of the trip. Arno Thim, will be the speaker for the group The European Mennonite Bible School receives finan- cial assistance from North America. During the 1973-74 academic year a total of 260 students were enrolled at Bienenberg Bible School. They came from Switzerland. Grmany, Austria. Canada, Mexico, Holland, England and Luxem- bourg. In addition to serving as an international Bible School, Bienenberg is a conference and retreat centre. It houses the studio and office for two Mennonite radio programs, serves as a home for senior citizen's and has a public restaurant. Ordination 'successful' MANSET, Me. (AP) -The ordination of 11 women to the Episcopal priesthood was a success, even if it was declared invalid by the church, says one of the bishops who took part in the rites. Right Rev. Edward Welles, one of four bishops who par- ticipated, said the action was effective because it "focused attention" on the issue of whether women should be allowed to serve as Episcopal (Anglican) priests. ESTIMATE VISITORS Tourist officials predict more than 6.5 million foreigners will visit Rome during the 1975 Holy Year proclaimed by Pope Paul VI. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4th S SUNDAY 8-15 CJOC The TRUTH That HEALS" S 30 a m School 9 30 a m Service MIND Wednesday. 7-30 p m Meeting READING ROOM Open Noon 2.00 p.m. Tues Thurs Sat Christian Science lecture coming September 24 CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 42511th SI. S. J R CHAPMAN. Minister MR. O. MAISEY Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service 10.00 a.m. (Worship service for adults S S Classes for Children) EVERYBODY WELCOME members of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship, an interdenominational group which tries to follow the Scrip- tures. Faith healing is the out- standing tenet of the business- men's group, which has mem- bers in such countries as Japan, South Africa and South Korea. "In my ethics and approach to clients and people with problems, I feel I have something to Dr. Hodges says. "My faith gives me the strength I need to face says Harry Shuttleworth, a Canadian National Railways transportation officer. "This may sound kooky, but when you're functioning as a railway officer, you're able to do it more effectively deci- sions are made with the help of spiritual insight. You know what has to be tuitively." Mr. Shuttleworth says his boss "might raise an eyebrow if he knew how I thought, made decisions." Marvin Winche, a real estate salesman, says "the Holy Spirit gives me confidence to be honest and truthful, and actually be interested in my client's needs. "About a year ago, a young couple was looking for a house and couldn't find one. I saw a Bible on the telephone table and said, 'Let's pray.' "The second home we looked at was what they wanted." Full Gospel president William Tanasiuk. a school principal, says faith in Christ as Saviour gives people a greater love ot their feilow- rnan because each person is seen as a creation of God. "Your business practice is honest, shall we say." Though his business isn't booming, W. M Simonson, a farmer, says he is "above those daily problems" oecause of faith "1 believe in keeping my faith and my teet on the ground." Lethbridge breakfast chapter notes growth Members of the Full Gospel Businessman's fellowship in Lethbridge recently noted steady growth after the first full year of charismatic prayer breakfasts in Lethbridge Meeting on the first Saturday each month at the El Rancho Motor Hotel, an initial membership of 14 has grown to between 100 and 125 persons for each event. Most speakers have been from the United States, although Rev. Albert Baideo of Coaldale United Church is scheduled to address the September meeting. Secretary David Erdmann says the breakfast is truly- interdenominational. Representatives of the United Church. Alliance, Pentecostal, Anglican, Catholic and Sunburst (Montana) Gospel Churches attend, he said. Church Chuckles hv CAR j WKKIHT CH AS I349 "Rev. Jones, I'm calling about that Rev. De Ville you hired by correspondence as your vacation re- CHOIR DIRECTOR Required Immediately By FIRST UNITED CHURCH For Information Phone 327-2659 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Cor. 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. SALVATION HEALINGS MIRACLES Pastor- REV T W. ROYCROFT Service Service SENSATIONAL BROADWAY MUSICAL (Western Canada Tour) Sept. 5-6-7 Yates Memorial Centre Direct from California Tickets. Leister's Music Ltd Reserved. S3 50 if bought m groups o! 10 or more The BIBLE Lives In Music and Color Special Rates For Church Schools and Organizations IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL... FOR THE KIDS! WHY NOT BACK TO CHURCH AND SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY? LAKEVIEW MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH 15th Ave. and 29th St. S. WOULD BE GLAD TO WELCOME YOU ;