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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10-TMI LITHMIOOI HlftAlP January M, Hindu leader seeking young blood for order By RAM SUNDAR CP Correspondent BOMBAY (CP) A top Hindu religious leader has taken on what one newspaper has described as "a most challenging and complex job. The leader is Swarup Anand Saraswati and the job is to modernize Hinduism and attract young people to its fold. Saraswati recently took over as the head of the monastic order of Badrikashram, a religious settlement feet high in the Himalayan mountains bordering China. The vacancy arose following the death of the previous Shankaracharya or pope of Hinduism. Hinduism has five papal orders of wnich Badrikashram is considered the most ancient. It is said to be at least years old. As head of the Badrikashram monastery, Saraswati has a following of nearly SO million Hindus from all over Asia. The order has many adherents in the United States, Canada, the West In- dies and South Africa. Soon after his installations in New Delhi at a glittering ceremony attended by cabinet ministers and religious scholars from a dozen countries, the monk announc- ed that it is his aim that the ancient religion of Hinduism should become "a live, dynamic force in tune with modern times." SEEKS RECRUITS He did not elaborate but his close disciples say Saraswati is planning a drive to recruit young educated Indians as monks in his holy order. "The Guru teacher wants to infuse young blood into the religious Swami Kamalananda, a 28-year-old monk, said. Kamalananda is a graduate EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th AVMIM and Mayor Mcgrath Orlvi PASTOR REV. H. J. JOST Phone 327-8113 School Service Rev. James Westman of Calgary Evening Service "GREAT WORDS OF SCRIPTURE" cordial invitation to BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 -7th Street South Service TRUE OLD TIME RELIGION" H. Blacker W. Plckford a.m Class A HEARTY WELCOME AWAITcJ YOU BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American Baptist General Conference) 329 19th Street North H 328-2045 9-45 and English classes) a Worship Service 7-00 Service "We Preach Christ the Power and Wisdom of God' Bethlen Presbyterian Church 1014-10th AVWMM North Lethbridge Minister Trtct B.A., B.D., M.lh. OrganlM-Mlst Vivien Toth English Worship Strvice a.m. Hungarian Worship a.m. Sunday School a.m. Lethbridge Independent Baptist Church Interested in Pure Bible Study? In What Christ Has For You? Meet With Us Around God's Word MONDAYS at p.m 1714-14 Ave. South Listen CHEC p.m. Sundays Church of the Nazarene Mh Are. South teth SI. LethbrMge Rev. R.Q. Deeetoy 327-47H pMtor-Lwry Spteer Phone 327-11M School 11 00 Worship Service Service and Bible Study People's Meeting LUTHERAN CHURCHES CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 12th Street South-Phone 327-07M ELCC-PASTOR HAROLD MARTIN School Worship Hour Congregation Meeting Luthirin Church of the Good Shipherd iitn Avenue end 24th PMMT- W. aertke PIMM 32t-344S Office; 32I-1SK School Service EVERYONE WELCOME IMPdAHUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH CwiMf Mh AWINW MM IMIl MfoM 80irtn VACANCY PASTOfl MM. D. MI-M4t School and Bible Class Service ________with Hoty Communion____________ Listen to the Lutheran Hour Sunday, a.m. CFAC Calgary of Calcutta University and worked as a chemical engineer for five years before joining the priesthood. Sources close to the head of Badrikashram monastery say he is "increasingly worried" about the activities of foreign Christian missions in India, particularly in interior tribal areas like those in the central and northeastern provinces. It is said that Saraswati wants to stop the conversion of tribesmen to Christianity and instead win them over to Hinduism. As Kamalananda put it: "Western Christianity has some special attraction for our tribal brothers because of its simplicity and its emphasis on social equality. If Hin- duism wishes to have a similar appeal, it must first modernize itself." Beliefs studied A layman's school of religion is being organized in Lethbridge by Chinook Co- opgrative Parish and city United Church congregations. Designed as a two-month program, the course will be conducted Wednesday from p.m. to commencing Feb. 6. Rev. Blake Anderson of McKillop United Church defined the session as a basic examination of Christian beliefs for laymen. Rev. James Ruxton of Cardston and several city clergymen will lead the program. Applications, open to persons of any Christian denomination, can be made through city and district United Church offices. REV. PETER SARPONG Development program set for February Five Christian denom- inations in Canada will sponsor a ten-day educational program February 1-10 highlighting world de- velopment. Representatives in Lethbridge, speaking on behalf of participating Anglican, United, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and Lutheran churches, say pulpit announcements and literature distribution will be the extent of the campaign here Resource materials have been sent to every minister of the five denominations, as well as regional committees of laymen and clergy across Canada Topics to be discussed in the campaign include drought in the Sahara Desert, Tanzanian development experiements, Canadian trade and foreign aid, working conditions in Angola and South Africa and glooal commodity problems. Rev. Peter Kwasi Sarpong, Roman Catholic Bishop of Kumasi. Ghana, is scheduled to tour Canada as principal spokesman throughout the campaign. Pentecostal conference next week Accommodations for more than 100 Pentecostal preachers and their wives are being prepared in Lethbridge this weekend prior to a district minister's institute on church growth scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday. Superintendent Rev. Charles Yates of Edmonton will be among delegates meeting in Lethbridge Pentecostal Tabernacle. The Church of Epiphany, Zhitomir Ukrainian congregation pleads for its church MOSCOW (Reuter) Russian Orthodox worshippers in a Ukrainian town have protested to Kremlin and church leaders against the closure of their local church which they said will deprive them of "the possibility to pray peacefully." An open letter, signed by 30 members of the congregation of the Church of the Epiphany in Zhitomir, about 90 miles west of the Ukrai- nian capital in Kiev, said their church, a wooden structure next to a school, is schedul- ed for demolition later this month. A copy of the letter, addressed to Soviet Communisty party chief Leonid Brezhnev, Premier Alexei Kosygin, President Nikolai Podgorny and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Pimen, was made available to foreign journalists. The church was closed in November. The appeal asked for the church to be re- opened. Cash difficulty fails to deter school plan ST. STEPHENMILL- TOWN, N.B. (CP) If Donald Rutherford Kantel's dream comes true, a Christian university with a ISO-million campus will be built at a wooded site on the banks of the St. Croix River about six miles from this New Brunswick border com- munity. The 29-year-old Toronto na- tive appears undeterred by fi- nancial difficulties or lack of support from the New Bruns- wick government. His plans call for a bi- lingual institution which would teach academic sub- jects in the context of ecumenical Christianity. "It's going to be decidedly Christian rather than denomi- he said. "But to be a Christian one doesn't have to crucify one's intellect. God's a capital withstand any intellectual assaults So we're not going to be narrow." He said he and a friend, R. A. Windhorst, have been plan- ning the institution, to be known as St. Stephen's Uni- versity, for about six years. They were taken with the possibilities of the Oak Point site on the St. Croix River as soon as they saw it and now have options on 400 acres of land. NOT SATISFIED Mr. Kantel, the president of the university, said he was not satisfied after obtaining a bachelor of arts degree in po- litical science from York Uni- versity and a bachelor of the- ology from University of To- ronto. An Anglican, he had planned to enter the ministry. But it became clear to him and Mr. Windhorst, who had also studied theology, that "this was not the particular course that seemed to be right for us." They were both on the staff of community colleges in On- tario when "we simulta- neously came to the aware- ness that there was a decided need in Canada for a Chris- tian centre of higher educa- tion." Mr. Kantel said the univer- sity was not prepared to ac- cept public funds. "We are in constant contact with people of very substan- tial he said. But he emphasized that a good deal DONALD KANTEL of support to date had come from small donors. PLAN BROADER APPEAL As the project moves into the development stage, they plan to establish a national committee. The young university presi- dent is reluctant to disclose definite amounts at this point. "Our budget so far has been very modest, not in excess of a year. But we're in process of moving into a much broader appeal for fi- nancial assistance which will enable us to move forward with the campus purchase." They plan to incorporate in New Brunswick this year as a charitable organization with a board of directors. Mr. Kantel refers to a "dis- agreement" he had with New Brunswick Premier Richard Hatfield over a charter for the proposed university. The province does not plan to is- sue the charter. "Mr. Hatfield seemed to think it was necessary for us to get a provincial charter in order to proceed. But I pointed out to him that this isn't the case. "We can simply get started and then it's a matter of be- coming accredited. I don't see any problem in that. In Can- ada, it's a rather informal procedure. Faculty of estab- lished universities come and look at your library and your facilities They assess the quality of your faculty and your students. I don't antici- pate any difficulty in that be- Herald" Religion Crippled Baptist to aid retarded CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) With aluminum hooks replacing the hands he once clasped in prayer, a minister has returned to Arizona's mountains to finish building a community for retarded adults. Rev. Ralph Showers, 37, was critically burned last September when he touched a power line while hauling a small barn donated to his project here. The electrical load burned an eight-inch triangle into the American Baptist minister's back and left his body through his hands, physicians said. Showers said that at that moment he saw God as a shadowy face through some dark window. He said he talk- ed with Him. "I argued with Him. I laid it on Him and took my chances. I told Him I really believed God had led me to do this work and that it wasn't fair to take my life, my family, my project and throw them down the tubes. "He heard. He said, 'OK, Ralph.' Then the electricity stopped." Showers was saved, but not his hands. They were ampu- tated six inches below both el- bows. BUILDS HOME So with metal hooks instead of hands, he returned to the 10 acres where he is building a country home for retarded persons. The minister hauls lumber with the hooks, helps feed horses, holds nails and jokes that he can't mash his thumb with a hammer. His community, Rainbow Acres, will be ready for the first of its 24 retarded occu- pants by March 1, he says. Showers, a psychology graduate from Arizona State University and the California Baptist Seminary, left his ministry job last June. Ac- companied by the Rev. Larry Goehner, the two brought their families to Arizona to build the community. Showers hopes the 24 occu- pants can be taught by senior citizens sidelined by society and retirement. He said the retarded residents will be taught a country skill, maybe raising vegetables. HONPA BUDDHIST CHURCH 10 00 a m School Japanese Sermon REV N KASAGI CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 11th St. S j R CHAPMAN, Minister Mr D Maisey. Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service 10.00 a.m. (Worship service for adulis S S Classes for Children) Evening Service 7 00 p m EVERYBODY WELCOME CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4th AVE. S. SUNDAY "The TRUTH That HEALS" 11 "TRUTH" You can borrow "SCIENCE and HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES" By Mary Baker Eddy from the Lethbridge Pub- lic Library WEDNESDAY 7 30 p m Meeting READING ROOM Open Noon-2'00 p.m Tues, Thurs, Sat cause we'll have superior standards." Premier Hatfield said there had been no request for pro- vincial funds and none would be forthcoming. "I respect these people in their the pre- mier said, "but I also know that it takes a lot of money." The province was simply not willing to finance another uni- versity in New Brunswick. "We're much more con- cerned with taking keen young people with motivation and exposing them to a very challenging higher education and helping them as Chris- tians to understand how their Christian faith relates to knowledge." He said he does not see the proposed university as a rival to anyone else "although I im- agine the existing univer- sities would sort of wish we'd go somewhere else." Robert Bell, the mayor of St. Stephen-Milltown, was cautious in his appraisal of the project. "It would be a great asset to the area, that's for sure, to have a multi-million-dollar university he said. "It would be bound to have some effect on the town. "That part sounds good but so far we haven't had too much on it. The town hasn't been approached officially. They just sent us a brochure and that's all we've heard on it. "There's a little skepticism about the whole thing because we don't really know that much about it. People are looking forward to it if it be- comes a reality. All we can do is wait and see." Anglican women gain LONDON, Ont. (CP) Eleanor Jared, 71, who died last Oct. 22, has left the bulk of her estate to the Anglican Diocese of Huron and the Anglican Church Women The will also stipulates that be left to the college and requests that the money be used to establish a course in church history. CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Corner 5th end 13th 81.9. SALVATION HEALING MIRACLES Pastor REV T W ROYCROFT Service 7jOO.n.m.-t-Evanina Service, THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th AvenueS Corps Officers MAJORS THELMA M CORNEY, JOAN M PIERCE School a Worship than Snow (Rally Night Program) Study WE INVITE YOU TO M AKETHE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME Baptist Church Minister Rev G K Churchill. B A M Div Director of Music. Mr D Barry Waterlow L T C.I Church School PRESCRIPTION FOR JOY" Family Night YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US LETHBRIDGE ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE. and 10th ST. S. SATURDAY, 7.00 p.m (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY, 9 a m., a.m., 12 noon ASSUMPTION 2405 12th AVE. S SATURDAY, 7'30 p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) SUNDAY -8am, a.m 11 a.m., Folk Mass a.m. In Parish Hall ST. BASIL'S 604-13 St. North p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) a.m., a.m., a.m., noon a.m. Sunday ;