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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDuE June Fate of monks still uncertain NEW YORK (AP) Sev- eral hundred Buddhist monks, imprisoned in South Vietnam, have given up their protest fast in demand for their free- dom, but they still remain be- hind bars The monks started their fast March 5 "in homage to our Lord and teacher the en- lightened Sakya vow- DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES as a continuing memorial Phone 327-5322 or 327-2735 PLACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS HONPA BUDDHIST CHURCH 3611 Forestry Ave. 10 00 am School JAPANESE SERMON Rev N Kasagi_______ CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4th AVE S. SUNDAY 8 15 CJOC The TRUTH That HEALS" 930 a School 11 00 am the Only Cause and Creator" Wednesday. 7 30 p m Meeting READING ROOM Open Noon 2 00 p.m Tues Thurs Sat CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 42511th St. S. J R CHAPMAN. Minister MR. D MAISEY. Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service 10 00 a rn (Worship service for adults S S Classes for Children) EVERYBODY WELCOME ing to continue it until freed to "return to our monasteries, pagodas and institutes." There were conflicting re- Saigon gov- ernment and religious how long it lasted. The fate of more than 300 monks in Saigon's Chi Hoa prison remains uncertain. A religious group here said that at least one has died. It also said Buddhist lead- ers, reporters and, at one point, a delegation of Viet- namese senators have been blocked from seeing or writ- ing to the imprisoned monks. "In the name of God, we protest the imprisonment of these peaceful men." said a statement here by 15 top Protestant, Jewish and Ro- man Catholic leaders. Officials of the National Council of Churches have pro- tested the jailings, saying the Saigon government is "mak- ing a travesty of freedom of speech and religion." SAYS FAST ENDED The monks, whose vows commit them to refusing vio- lence to any living being, are accused of insubordination and refusing military service. In Saigon, government spokesman Bui Bao True said their fast ended "a long time ago." However, this is "contrary to what we've heard directly from Buddhist leaders whose monks are in said James Forest, publications di- rector of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith pacifist organization. "There has been some evi- dence the government is force-feeding the he said. "We know that one has died and that a person can't live much more than five or six weeks on just said Thomas Cornell, program di- rector of the fellowship. It said it keeps in regular contact by telephone with the EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 12th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive PASTOR REV. H. J. JOST PHONE 327-6113 10-00 School a Service Service "A Cordial Invitation to All" BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 -7th Street South Sunday IS HEAVEN OUR FUTURE HOME? Speaker: Mr. H. Blacker Class A KJARTY WELCOME AWAITS YOU LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH 1202- 3rd A D GOLDSMITH. Family Sunday School Chinese Alliance NEW LIFE SINGERS P.M. Church of the Nazarene 9th Aw. South 16th SL R.Q. Oeatley 327-4788 Assist 328-0130 Service with Communion 7-00 Worship Dr. and Mrs. George Dunbar of the U.S.A.will supply music at both services. Tuesday Evening: Bible Study e Awaits Yoi St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH -1> Avenue South WliniSler flffv 1 D HanVmson S A Organist Wlr W VanOet Xooy HOLY SPIRIT AND HEALiNG" Church School: All classes from Kindergarten to Grade Six Nursery during church hour. Evening Service has been withdrawn ___________until further notice _____ THE SALVATION ARMY 130? Avenue S Corns Officers MAJORS THELMA M COPNEY JOAN M PIEPCE 9 30 a m School Corps Cadet Sunday Young people participating in the 11 a.m and the 7 p.m. service, ay at 7 30 p m STUDY WE YOU TO MAKE "ME APVY YOUR CHURCH HOVE situation through the Viet- namese Buddhist Peace Dele- gation in Paris, which gets its reports from Buddhist leaders in Saigon. However, Forest said only scant information can be ob- tained about the monks, most of it from relatives who some- times are allowed to visit the prison. "Occasionally, rela- tives are arrested, so most are afraid to he said. He said the mother of one monk. Thich Manguyen Van Cu, went to the prison April 4 to take him a parcel and was presented with his death cer- tificate. The protest fast was started by a reported 300 monks then in prison. On March 13, an- other 142 monks connected with An Quang pagoda south of Saigon were arrested. Rev Cahn Tin, a Catholic militant priest in Saigon, said about 340 monks still are in prison. He said the fast lasted about a week. However, on March days after the fast Saigon newspaper Dien-Tiu (Telegram) quoted the gov- ernment press spokesman as saying: "There is no fast. They have only temporarily stopped eating although the Republic of Vietnam continues to bring them plenty of food.'' The imprisoned monks be- long to South Vietnam's larg- est Buddhist group, the United Buddhist Church, with more than 10 million adherents. It has been denied government recognition since 1966 because of its peace advocacy. The Thieu regime recog- nizes the National Buddhist Religious Society, a smaller body of about which supports government policies. Acolyte installed PINCHER CREEK (Special) Keith Sorge has been installed as an acolyte of the Roman Catholic Church by Bishop Paul J. O'Byren of Calgary. An acolyte is one of the steps leading to ordination as a priest. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sorge, Keith was raised in Pincher Creek prior to attending university in Lethbridge for two years. He has just completed his second year of studies for the priesthood. After ordination in two years time. Keith will serve in the Calgary diocese. SA seeks indigenous leadership VANCOUVER (CP) Commissioner Clarence Wiseman. 63. the first Canadian to head the worldwide Salvation Army, says he wants to encourage a new generation of members to go out and talk to other young people about Jesus Christ. Mr. Wiseman said in a recent interview he also hopes to develop indigenous leadership in Africa and Asia. "I want Africans to lead Africans. Asians to lead Asians. It's important for them to find their own national leadership He said church work, without which he believes the army's social work cannot exist, is expanding, especially fn Africa and Indonesia and is enjoying new popularity in Europe. How about that? Huron Indian band elder Len Monaque smiles as Archbishop Philip Peacock joins arms with him after the priest took part in a re-burial ceremony recently for the bones of 120 Hurons on Christian Island in Georgian Bay, Ont. The Indians bestowed a name on the Archbishop which, translated, means "he whose voice is directed from the sky." Father Dmitri's question session stirs Moscow By HEDRICK SMITH New York Times Service MOSCOW A simple, low Russian church, tucked away on a sidestreet in northeast Moscow, has in recent weeks become the focus of an unusual pilgrimage of young and old alike attracted by the strikingly outspoken opinions of one of its priests, Father Dmitri Dudko. In a series of unprecedented sessions where he has answered questions from parishoners, the balding, white-haired priest has dared to speak out about Soviet prison camps, the timidity of the Orthodox Church establishment and informers within the church hierarchy. In the flickering candlelight before a church packed with curious and astonished listeners. Father Dmitri has applauded the scientific achievements of the Soviet regime but deplored what he considers the nation's moral and spiritual decline over the half century of Soviet rule and vigorously proselytized for a return to faith. One Saturday night he. announced at the end of his regular sermon that the question-and-answer period had been postponed by order of Patriarch Pimen "until I speak with Him." More than half of the 500 to 600 persons who had crowded into the little Church of St. Nicholas on Preobrazhenka Street milled about m the twilight of the church courtyard for 45 minutes waiting for a word from the Driest. Many of them were young people, in their 20's and 30's, bearded intellectuals, curious young women, some youths who had secreted cassette recorders into briefcases to tape the session. Finally, Father Dmitri emerged in his cassock and told them: ''You have asked me questions and I have given you answers. There is nothing wrong in this." At the previous session in mid-April, he had anticipated the risk of silencing by authorities, noting that some people were saying that his statements were causing a sensation. "If this is considered a sensation." he remarked. "I Church union plan bishops' TORONTO (CP) A bishop of the Anglican Church of Can- ada said this week that union of the Anglican church, the United Church of Canada and the Disciples of Christ Church would reuuce bishops to "emasculated relics of all we have believed about episcopacy Rt. Rev. L. S Garnsworthy. Bishop of Toronto, told about 900 clergy and lay delegates to the annual synod of his diocese that the plan of the proposed union would result in bishops having much less authors lv. In an interview. Bishop Gar- nsworthy said hr agrees his remarks obstruct the union, "but I have to be honest." "The plan of union is OK if you can buy into it. But. personally. I can't at this point." Recent conferences of the United Church have voted overwhelmingly in favor of union. But the Anglican diocese of Toronto will debate a resolution from its executive committee on Wednesday asking it to call the merger off can only say with sadness: 'Have priests stopped doing God's The Father, a rather short, broad-faced man who wears rimless glasses, is now in his early fifties. Churchgoers said he was born in a peasant family, fought in the Second World War and was arrested in 1948. during his first year at Moscow Spiritual Academy and sentenced without trial to eight and a half years in prison camps in the cold, near Siberian region of the Komi Autonomous Republic. After his release in 1956. he resumed his religious studies at the theological academy in Zagorsk, finishing in 1960. One of his most persistent themes has been the spiritual decline of the past half- century. "With the growth of technology, the spiritual side of life can be he told his listeners on March 23. "I see this as a great danger. The best minds have come to the conclusion that we can destroy ourselves if this continues." At an earlier session, he was asked about the present situation in Russia and replied that from the religious point of view "Russia is at Calvary and Christ is crucified in Russia." But later, asked when was the best time for the church, he replied: "Now, when it is on the cross." With parables and anecdotes about religious conversions he has said more than once that he sees a revival of faith and the church in Russia. He often punctuates his material with letters from people or stories about believers rebutting the arguments of atheists. Once, he recounted the story of- a school teacher who was trying to prove to her class that God did not exist by telling them that Soviet cosmonauts who had orbited the earth had not seen the Lord "They fly loo low." replied a seven-vear-old bov Agriculture graduate helps famine relief A Southern Alberta agriculture graduate is helping famine relief programs in Ethiopia, partly due to the example of another area family. Gary McKay. 27. a McGill University graduate, volunteered for a year's service with the Sudan Interior Mission after reading a Herald account about missionary farmer Gordon Creighton' Mr is the manager for an Ethiopian leprosy mission farm Mr McKay's assignment to northern Ethiopia includes food distribution, sanitation, irrigation, well-digging and forestry work Seedlings and drilling ngs for new wells have been donated by European nations to relieve the famine Cholera and other diseases have decimated Ethiopian families There has beeTi little rain for three vears Mr. McKay became a Christian through the influence of a university roommate He gained work experience as a lab technician for the Nova Scotia department of agriculture Later. Mr McKay studied at Miller Memorial Bible Institute, Pamburn, Sask. Mr. McKay is part of a learn of 60 Canadian volunteers assigned to Sudan Interior Mission famine relief programs in Ethiopia. Herald Religion Youth choir at Foremost The Omegans, a youth choir of the Lethbridge Evangelical Free Church, will perform Sunday evening in Foremost Evangelical Free Church. The choir gained provincial honors recently in a denominational contest at Medicine Hat. Mrs. Rudy Fast is the director. Music guests for Nazarenes Musicians Dr. and Mrs. George Dunbar, members of the Olivet Nazarene College music faculty in North Carolina, will participate in the 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. public service Sunday in Lethbridge Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Dunbar is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Bibles for Winter Games Members of the Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church are mobilizing to place paperback New Testaments in city hotel? during the 1975 Canada Winter Games. An enclosed leaflet will invite room guests to accept copies of the scripture with the church's compliments A complete Bible will be available to persons forwarding their address to the sponsor. Klaas Veldman heads the evangelism committee which will co-ordinate this project. LDS interested in politics Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been directed by the First Presidency to take active part in the electoral process of government. A recent memo read to members of city LDS wards urged Mormons to be "actively involved in supporting candidates and issues which will protect the liberty and strengthen the people who are governed." Catholic faith 'purified' REGINA (CP) A convention of Canadian Catholic trustees was told recently not to become discouraged by declining church attendance. Douglas J. Roche, founding editor of the Western Catholic Reporter and MP for Edmonton-Strathcona in the last parliament, said the influence of religion is not declining even though the number of persons attending mass is declining. He asked the trustees to look upon the Roman Catholic church's state as "a recovery of a deeper meaning of religion.'' CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Cor. 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. SALVATION HEALINGS MIRACLES Pastor- REV T W. ROYCROFT Service Service 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 NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH 10 00 a m School (Classes for an ages) service "Give me this mountain' 7'00 "My Garden" EVERYONE IS WELCOME The Evangelical Church in Canada 1402 8 Ave. N. Pastor: D. Sipe GARY MacKAY THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL) SAINT AUGUSTINE'S Corner 4th Avenue and 11th Street South REVEREND L FRANK LEE. 8 A S T 8 Reclor REVEREND DEREK HOSK1N. L Th Cu'ale DENNIS WH1TELEY A Wlus T C L A R C O O'gantsl and Cnoi'mas'.er Communion Communion a.m Service. Canterbury Singers Sunday School Awards (Nursery Provided) MIDWEEK SERVICES Thursday. June 13th. 9.30 a.m. Holy Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN Comer 12th SIC Canon Robert W Ccrwan BA Uh Feast of 1he Holy Trinity 7 30 a Mallins 8.00 a m Holy Eucharist Church School 10-55 a.m Parish Hall 1 1 .00 am Sung Eucharist 6.30 p Evensong. Vestry WEEKDAY SERVICES St. Barabas p.m. Eucharist Corpus a.m. Eucharist 7-30 p.m.: Preparation for Communion i __ _. _____ _________ ___ j, ;