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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD Sdturdoy, July 21, 1973 Conservative Lutherans curb signs of laxity By GEORGE CORNELL NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) Contrary to most major Protes- tant denominations which have been moving toward greater flexibility, the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod has acted to re- verse what it considers recent signs of laxity. The three-million-member de- nomination considered the most conservative among the three major United States branches of Lutheranism, ended ...its governing convention here last weekend. During the convention, the church spelled out additional re- quirements of belief, chastized its main seminary for alleged permissive approaches to the Bible, and ordered corrective measures. "It's returning to traditional positions on says Rev. Dr. Richard Schlecht, of Ann Arbor, Mich., a district president of the Luther Church- Missouri Synod. "It means reel- aiming our conservative stance." A "moderate" minority, of about 40 per cent of the dele- gates, fought the crackdown. As one of them, Rev. Leonard Mar- tin, of Chicago, put it: "The real issue was whether we were to remain the progres- sive church we've become or return to the church we were 40 years ago." Skurch Chuckles by CAKTWRIGHI always put 10% of everything for tm Lord. It should tidy cum by the time the :hnreh inherits itl" __________ The conservative bloc argued the other way. "We want to stand where we were 40 years ago, where we've always stood, where we've got to stand said Rev. Jerry Markell, of Beulah, N.D. TAKE LITERAL VIEW The- convention demanded a literal approach to the Bible, one criticized by moderates. Rev. Dr. John Tietjen, presi- dent of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, said that such legisla- tion of Bible interpretation "runs contrary to the spirit of Lutheranism." The seminary itself, biggest Lutheran theological institution in the U.S., was a prime target of the convention, which con- demned teaching there as "sub- verting" the Bible. Dr. Tietjen has said he expects dismissal from his post. The stricter controls author- ized by the conservative major- ity came at the urging of the church's re-elected president, Rev. Dr.- J. A. 0. Preus, who had accused the seminary of hereticaUy loose theories about scripture. Rev. James Leidholdt, of Far- rar, Mo., said the restrictive policy "adds some spine to the church so we can walk erect." "We may lose a few mem- bers, but we'll gain many more within and he said. Rev. Richard Koenig of-Am- herst, Mass., said: "Moderates will live within the church for a while, but sooner or later they will have to come to terms with its new character. Some might realize they can live with it. Most will not." He said the convention "changed the Missouri Synod inward and made it into a sect rather than a a sect allowing only a single, uniform mode of thought. Hindu statue now adorns Indian Rd. Baptist Church r TORONTO (CP) A mar- ble statue of Ganesh, the ele- phant-beaded son of the Hindu god Shiva, stands where Bap- tist Sunday school children once sang about "India's strand." Indian Road Church, built in 1889 to serve Baptists in the west end of Toronto, was sold for and was dedicated last year as a temple to serve the Hindus in Metropol- itan Toronto. The change in the status of the Indian Road church from a Christian edifice to a Hindu establishment is only part of the story of what is happening to churches across Canada. "T h e congregation was dwindling because of the changing population mix in the area, so there was little option but to pat it in the hands of an asent and said Roger Cann, communica- tions officer for the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec. Hundreds of houses of wor- jship have been sold during the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4 AVE. S. SUNDAY a.m.-CJOC "Tbe TKUTH That HEALS" School Service WEDNESDAY Meeting READING ROOM p.m. Open Toes., Tours., Sat last 10 years. Some to other denominations or to new religious movements, were turned into weekend retreats, antique 'shops or artists' stu- dios. Church leaders say the trend is not so much a fall- ing-off in church attendance but a reflection cf population dwellers moving into the city, changing neigh- borhoods due to immigration and a tendency on the part of some faiths to sum down where bricks and mortar are concerned. Seeks buildings Churches in Toronto almost unanimously report increased giving and say attendance is either up slightly or holding its own. In fact, tbe Roman Catholic Church in Toronto is looking for church buildings. Rev. Leonard Wall, chancel- lor to the archbishop of To- ronto, said his church's main problem is finding money to build or buy churches. "Between 1961 and 1971 we have bought seven Protestant churches and two synagogues due to the large influx of eth- nic he said. "We're still in the market for more." But the story is somewhat different among other faiths. Mr. Cann said there were 409 Convention Baptist churches in Ontario and Quebec in 1967 and only 377 last year. "Some just disappeared for lack of sad com- mentary on how we run our affairs. Mainly, however, they were closed because of the in- flow of ethnic population in urban centres. "A sociologist hired by us last summer has indicated that in 10 years at the present rate we will be practically wiped out in Toronto itself be- cause of immigration." Churches close Another example is in the Quinte Conference of the United Church of Canada in eastern Ontario. Between 1967 and 1969 a total of 143 churches were closed in a ter- ritory stretching from the eastern outskirts of Toronto to Brockville, north to Orillia and northeast to the Ottawa River. Rev. Harold G. Lester, then superintendent cf home mis- sions for the conference, said the chief reasons were lack of clergy, the costs of keeping open small churches attended by as few as 25 families, the "sad state" of many buildings and the fact that often churches of the same faith were only two or three miles apart. The Anglican Church has been slow to amalgamate its rural parishes in the diocese of Toronto and has sold only six churches in the last 10 years. Each went to other Christian bodies. Douglas C. Mackintosh, sec- retary-treasurer of the dio- cese, said, "Our policy is to sell reasonably to other churches. After all, these places were built to the glory of God." Mr. Mackintosh also blamed the situation on population shifts. But he said the church is not losing ground. In the last 25 years 60 new churches had been built in tbe diocese "for a net gain of 54." However, the real crunch may come if the United and Anglican churches unite. Some years ago, Dr. R. B. McLure, then moderator of the United Church, said. "The real probJem will be what to do with an the real estate." COMBINED SUMMER SERVICES St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Church 1614 5th Avenue South 1818 5th Avenue South Minuter-THE REVEREND I. D. HANK1NSON, B.A. W. VANDERKOOY Draw near to God! SERVICE OF WORSHIP AT ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MEN" PLEASE NOTE: ONIY ONE SERVICE YOU ARE INVITED TO WORSHIP WITH US Go out to live THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Ri n E ELIGION Good News for Whoop-Up crmvds Volunteers from Lethbridge and district congregations of the Christian Reformed Church manned a booth for the second successive year during Whoop-Up Days at the fairgrounds. Bibles, religious literature an-J correspondence courses were offered to in- terested persons. Midway pilgrims can find God at the fair By NOEL BUCHANAN Herald Staff Writer Don't despair if you lose your last dollar tonight at the Whoop-Up Casino, or if mother fails to rendeyous at midnight beside the midway ghost bouse. When earthly tilings fail, lift your eyes. God is nigh- even during Lethbridge Ex- hibition Week. You may have to chomp through a hamburger or two to realize some of the South- ern Alberta preachers are a chef's hat this week.' Nevertheless, the Anglicans meeting in Dublin By CAROL KENNEDY DUBLIN (CP) The ques- tion of the ordination of women, already approved in principle by Canadian Anglicans, was raised briefly here this week as church leaders attending the second Anglican consultative council discussed topics to be debated during their 10 day meeting. Right Rev. John Howe, coun- cil secretary-general, said dur- ing plenary sessions that from his knowledge of the council he felt there was a general mood of acceptance but the church had not yet come to a decision on how fully it wanted accept women on an equal footing to men to the ministry. The matter will almost cer- tainly be debate and voted on later in the no-legislative con- ference, which opened Tuesday in the capital of the over- whelmingly Roman Catholic Irish Republic and which con- tinues until July 27. About 11 archbishops, 16 bish- ops and 63 clergy and lay per- sons are attending, representing the world's 65 million Angli- cans. Canada is represented by Most Rev. R. S. Dean, arch- of Cariboo and Metro- poYan of British Columbia; Betty Graham of Toronto, for- merly first woman prolocutor assistant president of the gen- eral synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, and Arch- deacon L. F. Hatilld of Truro, N.S. The Anglican consultative council, whose first meeting was held in Limum, Kenya, two years ago, was set up to carry on the work of the Lambeth conferences held every 10 years which formulate general guide- lines for the world Anglican communion. Resolutions at tbe council are voted on but have no direct influence on policy al- though they almost certainly would figure on the next Lam- beth agenda. Ministerial officers Ldhbridge Ministerial Asso- ciation has announced a new siate of officers following a summer election. Rev. Albert Baldeo, Coaldale United Church minister is pres- kjerrt. "Rev. MTtrn Israelson. Lethbridge Pentecostal Taber- nacle, is vice president. Pas- tor Ernie Martin, Picture Butte Nazarene minister is secretary. The association represents about 20 city and district con- gregations. clergy and laymen are there a ministry to body and soul. FOOD BOOTHS Most religious groups at the fairgrounds operate food booths. Hot dogs, hamburg- ers and pop seem to be a more popular menu than the Biblical dried fish, gar- lic and unleavened bread. Workers explain their food booths help raise money for various church programs. Religious groups in this category include the Salva- tion Army; 4th, 5th and 6th Ward Latter-day Saints; tod and 5th IDS Quorum and the Lsthbridge Young Budd- hist Association. Teen Challenge, a Pente- costal youth program which works to rehabilitate young drug addicts, also operates a good booth. While serving you pie on a paper plate, the staff endeavors to offer some pie in the sky. "Are you a they ask customers. they shout when sales surpass their daily cost of operations. Religious literature is dis- played beside the ketchup bottle and someone has made some Jesus signs with felt pen and cardboard, to decor- ate the booth wall. SUPPORT The Teen Challenge booth is receiving support from Lethbridge Pentecostal Tab- ernacle. Funds raised from the sale of foodstuffs will go towards a farm housing pro- ject the organization plan? to incorporate into its rehabili- tation program. For the person who wants something deeper than a midway Snoopy dog to trea- sure, the World Home Bible League booth offers spiritual treasures. Volunteers .from L e t fa- bridge and district Christian Reformed Churches are man- ning a booth which offers Bibles, correspondence cour- ses and other religious liter- ature. GRADED The WHBL study course is a non-denominational intro- duction to the Christian Gos- pel. Lessons are graded and returned to students. If a specific request for help is received, a personal follow- up visit is made. Otherwise, religious decisions are left with the individual studying the course. "Salvaton fa a free declared volunteer Sharon Vander W o u d e. "Jesus doesn't sell the Gospel. It is up to the individual to make his own decision. Our booth is just trying to encourage more people to study the Bible." Paperback editions of mo- dern translations sell for 50 to 75 cents at the WHBL booth. One edition is espec- ially designed for North American Indians, contain- ing photographs which help illustrate a spiritual message. Nazarenes launch pornography fight 'PICTURE BUTTE Nazarene Christians here are helping fertilize a campaign opposing moral decay. The action follows resolu- tions passed at tbe denomina- tion's recent annual district assembly in Olds. Five delegates from the Pic- ture Butte church, led by pas- tor Ernie Martin, attended the meeting along with 350 dele- gates from the three prairie provinces. The denomination resolved "to let their voices be heard for what is morally decent and right." The assembly went on re- cord deploring the apathy of church and society in allowing the largely unchallenged dis- tribution and display of lewd magazines, books and movies in the community, Air. Martin says. Nazarene leaders plan to ad- dress correspondence on porno- graphy to Prime Minister Pinre Tradeau, Mr. Martin srys. In the fall, a campaign de- signed to act on the resolution will solicit support from Leth- bridge Ministerial Associaaion, Mr. Martin said. FRENCH NUCLEAR TEST: Church protest irks military By NAN ROBERTSON New York Times Service PARIS Two pillars of the French establishment the church and the military are clashing head to head over the protests of high Roman Catho- lic prelates against France's imminent nuclear tests in the South Pacific. The battle is pitting cardi- nals and bishops against gen- erals and admirals. The mili- tary men and.telling the clergy to keep out of the business of state, to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and to get on with dispensing charity and preaching the faith. The adversaries include the Bishops of Orleans, Grenoble and Pontoise, a cardinal of France, the chief of staff of the navy the most senior of- ficer in the French _ armed forces and the one with the higtast rank and assorted generals. SARCASTIC The tone of their exchanges, in declarations, letters, broad- casts and the press, is growing increasingly shrill and sarcas- tic, particularly on the mili- tary side. In recent years, some high- ranking clergymen have be- come more vocal against mili- tary policies. For the first time the military men are lashing back. President Pompidou's gov- ernment is keeping its own counsel despite attacks .at home and mounting outrage abroad over the scheduled nu- clear explosions in the atmos- phere at Mururoa Atoll in French Polynesia. It seems de- termined to go ahead with the tests, which are expected mo-. mentarily. The Bishop of Orleans, the Most Rev. Guy- Riobe. began the ecclesiastical offensive with a statement a few days ago titled: "No to nuclear He declared that no political or economic interest of any people justified the test- ing or use of such weapons. DISAPPROVAL He called on all Frenchmen to show their most energetic and effective disapproval- of any policy leading to atomic escalation. He said that France would-be truly great if she could say to tbs world: "I have the power to test nuclear weapons and I have the atomic bomb I renounce them both for the good of peace." In a scathing reply, the navy chief of staff, Adm. Marc De Joybert, a nobleman and a self-described "devout Chris- told the clergy not to meddle in affairs of national defense and quoted the words of Jesus to "render unto Cae- sar the things that are Cae- sar's and unto God the things that are God's." "Your he added, 'is to preach the faith and to dispense while that of the military Is to defend France and not to be dictated to about the means to accom- plish it, including the develop- ment of nucfear arms." The Bishop of Orleans has since been Joined by Jean Cardinal Danielou, t leading conservative Jesuit theologian; the Most Bev. Gaoriel Mata- grin, Bishop cf Grenoble; the Most Rev. Andre Rousset, Bishop of Pontoise, and vari- Chuckles byCARTWRIGHT "My husband doesn't -want to get involved ust show us as John Doe, General 1Z02 3rd Ave. A. DANIEl GOlDSMiTH SUNDAY SCHOOL LIBERTY" KIND OF CHRISTIAN LETHBRJDGE NEEDS" Tuesday, B. JABS, ITALY ous religious groups, both Catholic and Protestant. PEACE FIGHT The Cardinal said: "to fight against the arms race is a form of fighting for peace, for this arms race always carries the risk of the use of nuclear weapons, which are not simply deterrents. To wage this battle is a way of loving France." The military response, in a spurt of statements, can be summed up this way: clergy never bothered to look "intelligently" into the facts of national defense. purpose of the develop- ment of atomic weapons is to head off war, not wage it. generals find it odd that the church would single out France for criticism when the arsenals of the other mi- c'ear nations the United States, the Soviet Union, Brit- ain and China are more powerful than hers and are steadi'y building up among widespread indifference. 'Collegia! spirit denied9 WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) The weekly newspaper of the Roman Catholic diocese of Wor- cester labels three recent docu- ments issued from the Vatican "at best, a denial of the colle- gial spirit of the church and at worst, capricious." An editorial in The Catholic Free Press criticizes, the docu- ments reaffirming the doctrine of infallibility, calling for an immediate end to ex- perimentation in tiie reception of First Communion prior to First Penance and extending for one year experimental mar- riage court norms in the United States. The paper calls the in- fallibility document "the feast significant" of the three but criticizes its issuance "at this time when the study groups in- volving Catholics and other dogma to discuss the practical and theological impli- cations of papal primacy." The editorial notes that dele- gates to the Roman Catholic bishops annual convention last November voted to extend the First Communion-First Penance experiment for two years and the experimental marriage court norms for three years. The Free Press assuses the church hierarchy of dis- regarding the wishes of priests, bishops and perishioners in is- suing the recent documents. Coaldale man leads Memionites A Coaldale man was re-elect- ed vice-chairman of the Con- ference of MennonitJs in Can- ada at the denomination's an- nual convention recently in Edmonton. Peter Rebiaff, pastor of Codldale Mennorrta Church, was named to the position. The denomination which he serves has 148 congregations and 22.000 members in Can- ada's five western provinces. DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES as a continuing memorial Mt. 327-4322 or P1ACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720-21 S. Donald It Givm, Evangelic! Swndoy: Bible Study a.m. VianKfr. a.m. end p.m. Wed: p.m. For inf01 motion VIM Home Study Miens: 328-0972 32S4I5S IVERYONE CENTRAl CHURCH OF CHRIST 425 11th St. S. J. H CHAPMAN, Mincer Mr. D. Maiiey, Organic! "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service a m. (Worskp service for adults S.S. Classes for Cmldrea) Evening Service EVERYBODY WELCOME ;