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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-05,Lethbridge, Alberta B-THE LETHBRIOOE HERALD—Saturday, January 5.1974 Death talk taboo fades NEW YORK (AP) - “Since men could not do away with death, they decided not to 'Jnk about it/’ observed the i7th*century philosopher Blaise Pascal. That subtle, old taboo against contemplating or discussing death seems to be fading these days, and religious thinkers say the change is healthy. However, some of them cite falsifying countertendencies to glamorize death in the new, franker dealing with it. Others note signs of distorted obsessions with it A German churchman says that just as pornography and voyeurism surfaced as the old-time sexual taboo was be-r.g overcome, there also are dangers of a “pornography of death” and “voyeurism of violence.” Such preoccupations have been cited as a prime ingredient of the contemporary movie screen. Instead of fascination with death or exploitation of it, people should consider it openly and honestly, Dean Theodore Glaser of Munich told a Lutheran conference on the subject, EXAMINE ASPECTS Attempts at such a straightforward. analytical approach are increasing as church scholars and scientists examine viewpoints about the phenomenon Death “is basically an event which forces men to confront the meaning of human existence prior to it,” writes Rev. Jeffrey G. Sobosan of the .University of IVotre Dame in the weekly Christian Century. At a recent conference at South Bend, Ind., sponsored by the Indiana Council of Churches and Indiana Catholic were I tificates to fill out speculating about their own death. Conference, participants 'e handed blank death cer- The aim was to “put people in touch with their own feelings about dying,” says Rev. Donald McNeil, a Notre Dame theologian. With a special grant, the United Church of Christ has launched a major new study project on aging and dying to examine questions confronting doctors, patients, linisters and ordinary people.    ^ AFFECTS WAY OF LIFE “Death is not just a single event that comes at the end of life,” says Rev Dr. Howard Spragg, head of the church’s Board of Homeland Ministries which is overseeing the study. “The way we feel about death, dying and aging has a profound effect on the way we participate in life." In several universities, a new academic discipline called “thanatology' ’ has emerged. At the University of Cincinnati, students visit funeral homes and cemeteries to get the “feel” of them. At the University of Minnesota, students have tried out coffins and theoretically planned their own funerals, finding— as one teacher was quoted— that death "is not morbid, bur exciting, dvnamic.” MARBLE TOMB The greatest single block of marie is the 50-ton slab over the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier at Arlington, Va. EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Av»nut«nd Mayor Mtgr«th Driva PASTOR - REV. H. J. JOST - Phon« 327-.6113 10 00 a.m.—Sunday School 11:00 a m.—Worship Service 7.00 p.m.—Evening Service “A cordial invitation to all” BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (Norlh American Baptist General Conierence) 329 19th Street Nortn Pastor—Bev H Poschwalta—Phone 328-2045 9'45 a m.—Sunday School—(German and English classes) 11:00 a.m.—German Worship Service 7.00 p.m.—Evening Service "We Preach Christ the Power and Wisdom of God" Fif/I    Chufch ■    Minister; Rev Q K Ctiurchill, S A., M Div Director ot Music. Mr D Barry Waterlow L T.C L 9:45 a.m.—Sunday Church School 11:00 a.m.—"SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR -RESOLUTION MAKING" 7.00 p.m.—Service of Communion, Reception of Members and Fellowship Time. YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US Church of the Nazarene tth South A itth SI. LMhbridg* n*v. R.Q. DM*l*y Pa»l«r~PltQn* 33T<«r«S A»iU. P**tor-L«rry Sple«r Phoiw 32T-115« 9:45 a.m.—Sunday School 11-00 a.m.—Morning Worstiip Service Larry D Spicer speaking "WALKING IN THE SPIRIT" 7 00 p.m.—Evening Gospel Service Larry D. Spicer spealiing Wednesday—7:30 p.m. Missionary Service Friday—7:30 p.m. Youth Meeting A Friendly Welcome Awaits You LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L. ISRAELSON 520 7th Street South Honw 01 ih* SuiMhiM    H«vr Li*(«n »»ry Sunday 10:M p.m. CJOC 13» K.C. 9;45 a.m.—Sunday School witti classes for all ages 11:00 a.m. - Worship Service 6:30 p.m. - Evangelical Service TUESDAY-7:00 p.m.—f»rayer and Bible Study FRIDAY—6:30 p.m.—Young People’s Service A HEARTY INVITATION IS EXTENDED TO ALL AND A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU. Coiihinl PiitiCiiltl AiiiaUv wwwtiimi ■ vffivwwin fiwwnwiw 10:00 a.m.—Sunday School 11:00 a.m.—Morning S«r^o« 7:00 p.m.—Evening Service "A HEARTY WELCOME AWAITS YOU HEREl" À sign of judgment? Faisal washes Kaapa BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — King Faisal of Saudi Arabia launched the vrbrld’s largest religious festival Monday as two million Moslem pilsrims chanted “Liberate Jerusalem.” The 69-year-old monarch walked barefoot into Mecca’s Grand Mosque and washed the Kaapa, the 50-foot cube of black stone that Is Islam’s holtest shrine. The roarint; chants were clearly heard on Mecca radio as the man who led the Arab oil embargo against the United States performed the two-hour washing ceremony in seamless white garments. Sixteen Arab and African radio stations hooked into the Saudi network for a live description of the annual event that started the week-long rituals of Hajj, or Moslem pilgrimage. The reli^on claims more than 500 million adherents. As “prince of the believers” and "guardian of the holy places of Islam," it is King Faisal’s exclusive privilege to wash the Kaaba. When they perform their daily prayers, Moslems throughout the world kneel and turn their faces in the direction of the Kaaba. GIVEN TO ADAM In it lie pieces of the black stone that legend says was given to Adam on bis expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Tradition says it was white when he got it but has turned black from absorbing the sins of thousands of pilgrims who touched it. Prophet Mohammed’s tomb in Medina, 200 miles from Mecca, is classified as Islam’s second-holiest shrine. Jerusalem’s A1 Aksa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, where legend says Mohammed ascended to heaven on horseback, are classified third. In his traditional address to pilgrims from 63 countries Sunday night, Faisal urged Moslem countries to join forces in a common struggle to recover Jerusalem, whose Arab half was seized by Israel in the 1967 war. “We need to bolster our solidarity, our faith in God to stand strong and united against the Zionists, the enemies of Allah,” Faisal said. "Jews have no religious or historic right to Jern-salem. “Their only shrine, the Temple of Solomon, was removed by the Romans when they occupied Jerusalem. So Israel has no ri^i to remain in the holy city." Priestly function The Rev. Hilary Madison of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church shovelled a path clear of snow this week after a snowstorm dumped as much as 12 inches on the Kansas City church steps. •Tlic Herald- Religion Anglican musician seeks choir boys EDMONTON (CP) - One of Western Canada’s leading church organists and t:hoir leaders looks back on the Depression years with nostalgia, but emphasizes he does not want to return to that era. Hugh Bancroft, who came to All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral 15 years ago after a career that took him from his native England to Winnipeg, Vancouver, Sydn^, Australia and Nassau, said his best boys’ choir was'in Winnipeg. ‘'It was during the Depression and there wasn't any television,” he said in an Interview. When he came to Edmonton 15 years ago, he had 12 choir boys and “now I only have eight and would like about 16.” He is concerned that fewer boys seem interested in singing in the boys’ section of the choir, an experience for eight-to 14year-olds that provides an opportunity, to gain life-long friends and sing both modem and traditional church music. Some former boys choir members have gone on to musical careers.    ‘ One of the boys in his choirs at St. Matthew's and All Saints in Winnipeg became music department head at University of Western Ontario. Another is Rev. Doug Stewart, now at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church in Edmonton. Still another became a Roman Catholic priest and a fourth boy won a scholarship to the Hoyal Academy of Art, "One of the advantages is that it develops a sense of responsibility insofar as regularity of attendance is concerned and> they often make life-long friends,” Mr. Bancroft said. He attributed today's dwindling interest to television, hockey and many other conflicting interests and opportunities. “When I had a very good choir at All Saints' in Winnipeg, it was during the Depression and there wasn't any television,” he said.    , “I don’t hope for another Depression, Just more choir boys.” Church Chuckles by CARTWRIGHT Rev.tweedle,D.D. . IÌ4* Kohoutek prompts Biblical debate "New I knew hew you talked them into spe* ei«l rates for the clergy!" By EDWARD B. FISKE New York Times Service NEW YORK - The Comet Kohoutek has taken on special significance in conservative religious circles. The timing of the comet’s appearance — it will be most visible in the days after Christmas — has revived speculation about the nature of the "star” that was said to have'led the wisemen to the new-born Jesus. One theoiy is that it was a comet like Kohoutek. In addition, some Protestant fundamentalists have ascribed religious significance to the so-called “Christmas comet” itself. Some see it as a possible sign of the second coming of Christ. Others interpret it as a warning of impending doom. The Children of God, for example, a radical communal sect, view Kohoutek as a sign of the impending judgment of God. Recently, nine members of the group dressed in red sackcloth and wearing wooden yokes around their necks, held a quiet vigil in the rain across the street from the United Nations. One of the banners they held read: ‘"Will the Kohoutek comet make you think about God and his destiny for you and the world’ You cannot escape it. Are you ready for it?” ASTROLOGERS In its account of the Christmas story, the Gospel of Matthew states that “wisemen from the east,” generally assumed to have been astrologers from Persia, saw the star of the king of the Jews in the sky and followed It westward to Bethlehem in order to worship him. Over the years, not only secular but also religious astronomers have debated what kind of celestial occurrence may have been behind the stoi^. “I think that it was a miraculous event, but one with something physical involved in it,” said James Kraakevik, chairman of the physics and astronomy department at Wheaton College, an evangelical Protestant institution in Wheaton, 111. "The miracle may have been that these people saw something special in it while others did not,” Mr. Kraakevik said. CONJUNCTION There are no records of a comet in the Middle East during the years 6 to 4 B.C., the period in which scholars generally believe that Jesus was born, Moreover, comets were generally seen by ancient people as bad omens. The most widely held theory is based on the conjunction of planets. Every 805 years, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn come quite near to each other from an earthly viewpoint. This occurred in 6 B.C. Mark Chartrand, an astronomer at the Hayden Planetarium in Manhattan, is one who leans toward this explanation. “The wise men were Zoroastrians and astrologers Nuptials required travel HALIFAX (CP) - Two Hamilton, Ont., residents had to travel to Nova Scotia to be married recently because the Ontario government does not recognize the Church of Scientology. Rev. Phillip McAiney said Glen Doe, 22, and Charleen Girard, 22, travelled to Halifax to be married in their own faith. He said the scientologists had established a branch here earlier this year and had been recognized as a religion by the Nova Scotia government, giving its ministers the right to perform weddings. Mr. McAiney said the group also has such rights in British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. He said the Ontario government told them it was waiting "to be sure you are an established group” before granting recognitio*n. The two would have been required to marry in another church or in a civil ceremony in Ontario, he said. Mr. McAiney described Scientology as a reform reli^on and said perhaps its basic difference from other Western religions is that it believes in reincarnation. and could very well have taken this as a sim,” he said. "To them Jupiter was the planet of kings, Saturn of the Jews and Mars of war. Th^ came together in the constellation Pisces, which was the house of the Jews.” Brian G. Marsden, director of the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams in Cambridge, Mass., discounted the conjunction theory. He said he leaned toward the idea that it was a relatively common occurrence, such as a particularly bright Venus. While astronomers, both religious and secular, speculate over the possible nature of the ancient star, some religious groups have been directing their attention to Kohoutek, which was discovered last March by Lubos Kohoutek of the Hamburg Observatory. JUDGMENT David Berg, the founder and leader of the Children of God, who calls himself Moses, has urged Americans to leave the country by Jan. 31, because “some kind of disaster judgment of God is to fall because of America's wickedness.” Some members said they were leaving for Europe or elsewhere. On the other hand, Croil Hunter, who uses the b'blical name Leviticus, said that he would be staying. "We have several refuge farms set up with supplies of food and an independent water system,” he explained. Other conservative Protestants have rejected the suggestion that Kohoutek might be a sign that the expected second coming of Christ is imminent. The Rev. Dr. Carl D. Mcln-tire, the well-known radio preacher, for instance, said: “Kohoutek is so beyond anything men have ever seen before that it forces iteelf ^pon their minds and calls for answers. Only the holy scripture offers anything to explain it.” Kraakevik said that it was quite possible that Kohoutek might be such a sign, but that one need not go that far in order to find religious mean- ing in the approaching celestial spectacle. “1 believe in a big God,” he said. “We are his handiwork at all levels. If nothing else, Kohoutek is a demonstration of the power of God.” DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES H • continuing mtmorla! Ph. 327-53i2or32T-Z7SS PLACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS DIAL-A-THOT 327-4581 HONPA BUDDHIST CHURCH 3811 Forutfy Ave. 10 00 am —Sunday Service English Speaker Rev. James H Burkey ' CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 42511tbS! S J n CHAPMAN Minister Mr 0 Maisey. Orqanist “DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service 10 00 a m [Worship service for adults S S Classes for Children) Evening Service 7 00 p m EVERYBODY WEiCOME CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4lh AVE S SUNDAY 8 15am —CJOC ' The truth That HEALS' "QOD" WEDNESDAY 7 30 p.m —Tesfirr.ony Meeting READING ROOM Open Noon-2 DO p m Tues , Thurs . Sa( EVANGELIST LARRY GILBERT Christian ..............Fellowship DINNER Inn ' Lelhbride« Sat., Jan. 5. 6:00 p.m. Everyone Welcome Tickatt available al door... Just recently returned from the Philippine Islands and Far East with tremendous testimony of God performing the miraculous. This young man has dedicated his life for the Lord's ministry and preaches the Word of God with demonstration of the power of the Holy Ghost. If you would like to hear Bro. Larry, please feel welcome to come and fellowsiiip with us... THE SALVATION ARMY ■    1302 4th Avenue S Corps Ofiicers -MAJORS THELMA M CORNEY, JOAN M PIERCE 10:00 a.m. - Sunday School 11:00 a.m.—Family Worship 7:00 p.m.—Evening Service Thursday—7:30 p.m.—B-ble Study Bethlen Prssbylerlan Church 1014-iath Avanu* North Lathbrldg* n*». G*«rg* Ttlc* B.A., B.D., M.lh. Orginlit-MiH Vtvlin Toth English Worship Service -10:00 a.m. Hungarian Worship Service—11:00 a.m. Sunday School (English)—11:00 a.m. BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS «33 - Tth StrMt Sow'h 11 00 a,m —Memorial Service 7:30 p.m —"THE COMING KINGDOM OF THE WORLD" Speal<er: Mr. A, Bennett 'Wednesday 8 00 a.m.—Bible Class A hearty welcome AVKAild YOU Lalhbridg« Christiin Riformid Church Invites You to Listen to ths Pack to Cocí Hour Every Sunday Night at 7:30 p.m, over CHEC Radio THE GREATEST DAY OF THE YEAR is a radio message that explores the possibility that the current shortages and the general economic crisis may be caused by our neglect of the sabbath; a reinstatenr>er»t of this holy institution could reverse the course of God's judgement niihin Our nation. 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 ;