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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 4, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, January 4, 1975 BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH 716 23 Street North (Pnorto 327-1484) Morning Service BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American Baplltt Ganura! Confaranct) 329-19IH Straai North H. 328-2045 School (German and English classes) Worship Service Gospel Service THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue South Majors: THELMA M. CORNEY, JOAN M. PIERCE School Service Service Prayer and Bible Study CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS Everyone Welcome FIRST, SECOND and SEVENTH WARDS: 1912-10th Avenue South THIRD and FOURTH WARDS: 28th Street South and Scenic Drive FIFTH and SIXTH WARDS: 2223-6th Avenue 'A' North STUDENT BRANCH: 28th Street South PLEASE PHONE 328-8305 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Herald- NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH Service "FORWARD IN THE NEW YEAR" The Evangelical Church in Canada 1402-8 Ave. N. E. SIPE Everyone is Welcome Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites You to listen to the Back to God Hour every Sunday night at p.m. over CHEC Radio. INVITATION TO DOUBT is the starting point for our radio program for 1975. This unusual program is a frontal attack on the evolutionary world view, now ex- posed as an inadequate explanation of man's past and future. The Christian Reformed Church is located at 1807-2nd Ave. "A" North in the City Services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD (Affiliated with Ambassador College) SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1975 to p.m. LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE LARGE LECTURE THEATRE 5th Ave. 1Bth SI. South Minister: CECIL MARAKIVILLE, Ph. 345-4705 (Collect) Listen to GARNER TED ARMSTRONG ON CFCN RADIO and TELEVISION Church of the Nazarene 9th Ave. South 16lh St. Lethbn Rev. R. G. Deasley Phf Assist. Lflrry Pt School Worship Services Rev. A. Ardrey, our new District Superintendent speaking. Service Mrs. Deasley speaking Missionary Meeting Young Peoples A Friendly Welcome Awaits YOL First Chwch Miniller: REV. G. KEITH CHURCHILL, B.A., M.DIv. Organiit: MRS. HILDA COLEMAN-Plinltt: MRS. MAIDA MACK Church School. Service Guest Speaker: Dr. R.C. Standerwick, Alberta Area Minister Opening and Dedication of Building Addition Fellowship Hour following the Service. "YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US" LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L. ISRAELSON 520-7th Street South of the Sunihina Evangtl Hour Lilian evtry Sunday p.m. CJOC 1220 K.C. School (Classes for all ages) Bus Rides (Phone 328-7461) Worship "THAT BLESSED HOPE" Service (Special Music) Haarty Invitation i> axlamtad to allind a warm wdcoma awalla you Afro-Brazil cults trouble Catholics By MARVINE HOWE New York Times Service RIO DE JANEIRO On New Year's Eve tens of thousands of Brazilians mass along the beaches, chanting and clapping, to make their annual offerings of pur- fume, ribbons, mirrors, soap, jewelry and blossoms to lemanja, goddess of the seas. As the night wears on, the drumbeat quickens, and bottles of raw rum are passed around the altars on the sand. The African spirits descend and enter the minds and bodies of believers who stagger in a trance, fall and writhe in the sand. The rite of lemanja is the biggest public manifestation of the expanding Afro- Brazilian cults. lemanja is worshipped simultaneously as an African saint, a native In- dian spirit and the Virgin Mary. This vital syncretism is causing increased concern to the Roman Catholic Church in this country where 90 per cent of the 104 million inhabitants are counted as .Catholics. A current exodus from the Catholic Church is attributed in part to the growth of the Afro Brazilian cults. The church, in the opinion of some religious leaders, has failed to give the people in crowded industrial suburbs and slums the assistance they need. And so they go the Macumba "fathers" for medical assistance, charity and spiritual advice. Macumba is the general ex- pression given to the African religions. After a long and fruitless war against the cults, their is a movement in the church to study them and get along with them. "We must not condemn the primitive religions but take lessons from them, adopt our religious language, ceremonies and liturgy to the needs of the said a Dominican friar, the Rev. Raimundo Cintra, a professor of the history of'comparative religions at Catholic Universi- ty here. At a recent meeting of the Pierre plans papal visit OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau's office has announced the itinerary for his 11-day European visit in March; which is to include an audience with the Pope. Plans for the four-country official visit were announced during his last trip to Europe, to Paris and Brussels in Oc- tober. Mr. Trudeau will be in Bonn March 3 and 4, Rome March 5 and 6, the Vatican March 7, The Hague March 10 and 11 and London March 12 and 13. LACKED FOOD During the 1898 starvation winter in Dawson City, Yukon, police were on reduc- ed rations and refused to jail prisoners unless they had their own rations. Latin American Episcopal Council at Porto Alegre, there was debate on the sources of the popular appeal of the two main cults. Candomble and Umbanda. The 19 Brazilian bishops approved a motion for introducing cult songs and in- cantations into the liturgy. The syncretist cults, which go by different names in the north and south, count more than 10 million faithful, and the number is growing, ac- cording to Friar Cintra, who has spent 10 years studying the subject. Counting the undeclared and the off and on believers, the number is generally said to be more than 20 million. The African deities came to Brazil on slave ships between 1530 and 1850, when, it is said, 10 million to 15 million Blacks were brought here. to a recent work entitled Maeumba, published by the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops, there was at first a fusion of the different tribal religions, some of which later absorbed influences from native Indian cults and European spiritism. Then, to avoid persecution by the established church, the pagan spirits were often given Biblical names and images. The most authentic African religion is -the Candomble of Bahia, where the first slaves landed. A monotheistic cult, it honors a supreme creator called Olorum or Zambi, who rules through divinities called Orixas, or Voodoos, which have been identified with Catholic saints. The Brazilians have kept 12 Orixas out of an original 401 divinities. The more sophisticated cult is Umbanda, practiced widely in such urban areas as Rio and Sao Paulo. It has a high degree of spiritism and the principle of reincarnation and magic aims to heal the believer spiritually and physically. Many Brazilians who declare themselves Catholics practice Umbanda, going to Umbanda centers on week nights and to mass on Sun- days. Many families give their children both Catholic and Umbanda baptism. In Greater Rio, with a pop- ulation of four and a half million, more than a million people participate in Macumba rites. The cults, originally confined to the black slave class, have spread to Mulattos and whites and to the middle and upper classes. Vatican urges better relations with Jews NEW YORK (AP) The Vatican called this week for .specific steps aimed at developing "better mutual un- derstanding and renewed mutual esteem" between .Christians and Jews. Conditions now are in sight' for achieving a "new relation- ship" and "deep said the Vatican's unity secre- tariat in a document obtained here offering guidelines .for seeking that goal. Various actions were urged, including: Increased theological dia- logue, greater teaching and preaching attention to shared scriptural and worship tradi- tions, modified approaches to commonly misconstrued New Testament passages and joint work for social justice. The "spiritual bonds and historical links" make closer relationships obligatory, the document says. However, to the disapproval of some Jewish leaders, it also says in connection with" mutual dialogue that the church by nature "must preach Jesus Christ to the world" and adds: "Lest the witness of Catholics to Jesus Christ should give offence to Jews, they must, take care to live and spread their Christian faith while maintaining the strictest respect for religious liberty. Rabbi March Tannenbaum, co-secretary of the Inter- national Jewish Committee for Interreligious Con- sultations, welcomed the document as generally "constructive and timely" and said implementation of its guidelines would mean a "revolution in esteem between Catholics and Jews everywhere." But he added that it also "contains regrettably certain formulations that no self-re- specting Jewish person can live with in good conscience. He said that while Jews ac- knowledge "the right of Chris- tians to evangelize, the asser- tion of a conversionary in- tention within the framework of guidelines for the improve- ment of Catholic-Jewish relations cannot but cast doubts about the motivations of the entire program." The Vatican guidelines, issued by the church's Chris- tian unity secretariat which last October was expanded tc include a special commission on Judaism, seek to imple- ment in practice policies set by the second Vatican council. New editor announced Joy E. Hansell has been ap- pointed editor of The Pentecostal Testimony, the national official monthly magazine of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. For the past seven years Miss Hansell has been with The Pentecostal Testimony, and has worked in almost all aspects of its production. Latterly she has been manag- ing editor. Miss Hansell is a graduate of a business college, received her B.A. degree from the University of Manitoba, and took a three-year theology diploma course at Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, Peterborough. Blessing On his recent visit to Africa, Bishop Paul O'Byrne of Calgary bless- ed a new school at Goma, Ngabu, Malawi a self- help project assisted by the Diocese of Calgary. Above, Bishop O'Byrne signs the visitor's book after the ceremony, ac- companied by the acting headmaster Mr. S. Ngulu- we. Part of the new build- ing is visible in the back- ground. Among contri- butors from Southern Al- berta were the Holy Name Society, Raymond; staff and students, Catholic Central High School, Leihbridge; staff and stu- dents, St. Joseph's School, School, Coaldale, and Catholic Women's Lea- gue, New Dayton. Communists seek favor of gods BOMBAY (CP) Even Communist politicians are said to make furtive pilgrimages to a mountain-top shrine in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh in search of divine favor. Venkatewshwara, presiding deity of the temple at Tirupati, is particularly pop- ular with candidates for Parliament, state legislatures and municipal bodies and a steady stream of federal and state cabinet ministers seek- ing the god's favor. Venkateshwara is courted by politicians of all per- suasions. When Shankar Dayal Shar- ma, chairman of the ruling Congress Party, was named federal communications minister, he put through a long-distance call to the high priest of the temple on finding himself unable to get an im- mediate flight to Tirupati. Bombay reporters said Sharma asked Venk- ateshwara's blessing and wanted to know the most auspicious time to be sworn in. Railway Minister Lalit Mis- hra, who recently broke a rail strike by arresting workers, is known as an ar- dent devotee of the god. "I don't think Lord Venka- Leshwara will shower his blessings on Mr. commented George Fer- nandes, head of the rail workers' union. Socialist leaders remarked wryly that the minister was "bringing of- ficial pressure even upon our gods." Politicians make generous donations to the temple in hopes of influencing election results in their favor. But it doesn't always work. One politician was reported to have donated on the advice of the chief priest to ensure his success in a recent byelection. He lost by a big margin. SLAVERY COMMON In the 18th century slavery was common'in Canada and a number of Canadian Inuit were held as slaves in New France and Newfoundland. Religion Pastor King to retire ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) After 44 years as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. Martin Luther King Sr., father of the slain civil rights leader, says he will retire in August. The 75-year-old King, made the announcement this week and' mamed Dr. Joe Roberts to succeed him. Roberts, 39, director of the division of corporate and social mission of the general executive board of the Presbyterian Church U.S., will be baptized into the Baptist Church Sunday. King, father of Martin Luther King Jr., became pastor of Ebenezer in 1931, and will serve as pastor emeritus of the member congregation. His wife was slain at the organ in the church last year. Saskatoon meeting set A three-day conference for Western Canada on Women and the Church will be held in Saskatoon, Sask., October 17-19, dur- ing International Women's Year, This conference is one of the major activities for the coming year planned by an ad hoc committee of women from various denominations who are interested in the whole area of women and religion. The conference will focus on such questions as: What is the involvement of women in church ministries? What kind of images of women have the churches fostered and transmitted through liturgies, catechisms, Sunday School materials, rituals and teachings? What issues about women's place in the church are contemporary theologians discussing? Do the Scriptures clearly teach the subordination of women? The core planning group includes women who are members of Anglican, Baptist, Mennonite, Penecostal, United and Roman Catholic churches. New magazine launched LOS ANGELES new magazine designed to evaluate the crisis issues of our time from an evangelical perspective, made its debut recently. Christianity Applied, billed as "the magazine of issues and action" kicked off with an in-depth, special edition devoted to, the issue of abortion. Appearing in the November issue were ar- ticles by eminent evangelical theologians and doctors including Haddon W. Robinson, Ph.D., of Dallas Seminary in Dallas, Tex- as, and Christopher T. Reilly, M.D., of New Jersey, a past president of the Christian Medical Society. By the use of arresting graphics including a full color center, spread devoted to a "visual editorial" as well as out- standing editorial material, each issue is devoted to an in-depth examination Of one topic, says editor H. Edward Rowe. Upcom- ing topics include materialism, persecution of Christians around the world, pornography, inflation and the occult. Salvationist dead at 82 TORONTO (CP) Col. Albert Ernest Dalziel, 82, who came to Canada in 1930 as training principal at the Winnipeg Salvation Army centre, died here Sunday. Born in England, he gave up a career in architecture to serve as a Salvationist. After a stint in Winnipeg, he was named divisional commander in British Columbia and then head of the training college in Toronto. In 1948, Col. Dalziel was sent on a tour of Africa to decide on the army's program there. This was followed by five years in South Africa as chief secretary. His last assignment was in Newfoundland where he was provincial commander from 1953 to 1957. He then retired and moved to Toronto. Many of his musical compositions were accepted by Sal- vation Army headquarters in London for distribution to bands throughout the world. Church Chuckles by CARTWRIGHT 137 6 "Jim's made a New Year's resolve to attend church more than in the past which still won't put much strain on SCIENCE CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 -11th St. a.m. Sunday School J. R. CHAPMAN. Sunday Service MR. D. MAISEY. "DIAL AN p.m. Testimony Family Service 1 (Worship Service for ROOM S.S. Classes for Noon p.m. Sat. EVERYBODY LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH 1202 3rd 8. A. D. GOLDSMITH, p.m. CHINESE ALLIANCE SERVICES PASTOR Sunday School "BODY LIFE SERVICE" Communion ;