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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE 3 Missionaries 111 a quandry I1HIAN JEFFItlES LONDON (AP) mis- sionaries are in a quandary. Like Britain, they have lost an empire and are still searching for a new role. Tlie idea of the Christian striding through Africa or India, Bible in one hand aawt a medi- cine chest in the other, to bring the one true religion to a pagan people is a tiling of the past. The concept was finally snuffed out by the winds of change thai raged through the colonial world after the Second World War, ushering in inde- pendence for a multitude of na- tions. For Anglicans and Roman Catholics this has resulted in a reappraisal of aims and outlook. New guidelines are still being formulated. Gone is the arrog- ance and certainty. In its place is emerging a new and refresh- ing humility. "We arc not uncertain about our own religion, but we arc uncertain about our judgment of othsr said Rev. Hans Bin-man, vioar-general of the Roman Catholic Mill mil Soci- ety, whh'h has members scattered around the world en- gaged in missionary work. SEAIJCIt FOR ROLE "We arc still searching around. We are asking our- selves whstlwr all the accent on dogma, ritualistic observances and church membership is really necessary. Is that wlrat Christ wanted? There is a lot o( evidence that He didn't. "Today we say, right, if someone finds his inspiration to do good in another long as he does it well." The ultimate aim of mission- aries is still to bring "otters to Christ." But the idea of the dra- matic conversion and using the number of new converts as a yardstick of success has been jettisoned by many churches. Now it is more a matter of illu-strrii'ing through example to others thrt "if people are Chris- tian in Hie real sense of the word it is easier for them lo find a way out of the troubles which confront said Father Rurman. DIFFICULT TO ADJUST For Britain, perhaps more than any other nation, mission- aries were tied up with the con- cept of empire and the paternal- ism that wont with it. The diffi- culties of adjusting to a changed situation have consequently been that much more difficult. The British Church Mission- ary Society, a voluntary Angli- can organization with GOO mis- sionaries in 23 countries, re- cently commissioned two agnos- tics to prepare a report on its work. They found that in Africa the missionary was seen as "some- one who Ls clogging up the proc- Tliaut released from hospital NEW YORK (Renter) United Nations Secretary-Gcn- oral U Thant was released from hospital Saturday after 25 days of treatment for a bleeding ulcer. His doctors said Thant, B2, will remain at his home in the Bronx until Dec. 6, when it is expected that he will be able to resume his duties on a part- time basis. Thant's term as secretary- general expii-es Doc. 31, and a successor has not been named. ess" of jettisoning unnecessary culture from both the East and West. They concluded: "The mis- sionary knows he is welcome only as long as he is essential and must always be working himself out of a job." A spokesman for the CMS said they now put the accent on service and being attuned to the needs of the society they were working in. "We are still in the conver- sion business, but we do not consider ourselves in opposition to other faiths, although certain things such as witchcraft must always be an anaUiema lo he added. DESIGN LIGHTING STUDIO ITD. COLLEGE MALL Complete line of lamps ond lighting Fixtures Ideal for Christmas gift for any home Lamp Repair Service largest selection of Lighting Fixtures in Southern Alberta See ED and JOAN KIPRICK BUSINESS 328-9524 RESIDENCE 327-5390 2025 Mayor Mag rath Drive "COLLEGE MALL" 420 6th St., South "Downtown" 324 Mayor Magrolh Drive Effective Wednesday, December 1, L-Mart will observe new weekly store Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sat- urday Q a.m. p.m. Thursday and Friday A a.m. A p.m. NOTE: OPEN ALL DAY WEDNESDAY MUM SOUPS COFFEE PEACHES MARGARINE Aylmer Tomato and Vegetable 8 10-oz. tins Bonus Case Lot Saving of 1 Ic................. Pride of Arabia Mb. bag 85c Bonus Case Lot Saving of 51c............... Austral Choice 14-oz. tins 4 f or Bonus Case Lot Saving of 35c.......... 1-lb. pkgs. Bonus Case Saving of 21c 48 51 fcT'fJdgs I if 24, 56S 36 -T .80 These And Many Other Unadvertised Case lot Values Effective 'Till Saturday, December 4 Closing We Reserve The Right To Limit Quantities To Dealers L-MART LEADS THE ;