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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 'HE LHHMIDGE HKAID -'Saturday, MortS 17.-1W3 Church leaders say Jesus people are shalloiv By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) caiu'cimrch authorities are tak- ing a harder look at the youth- ful Jesus movement and find some of its methods shallow, de. vious and potentially harmful. Its energies also seem to be running out in some areas. "The danger is that many young people may be so scarred by their experience that they will be 'burnt out' as far as "fu- ture religious experience concluded Rev. Laurence Mur- phy, a Roman Catholic, After a special study of the movement. "The last slate will be much than the first." Another critique came from a Protestant theologian, Rev. Walter R. Beach, of Washing- ton, D.C., who pointed out that the "Jesus in shunning the organized church, are ignor- ing a key teaching of Jesus him- qelf. Jesus stressed the importance of the church, Dr. Beach said adding: "Apart from his inten- tion to form a church, the recorded in the biblicai Book oC Acts are unintelligible." That book describes formation of the church. FOCUS ON FEELINGS Father Murphy, director of the U.S. Catholic Conference's division of higher education in Washington, said the movemenl 1 s "frequently very and "often utterly naive." A "very simplistic mentality" .s found throughout much of the movement, he said, suggesting that it is "easy to be saved if you loye Jesus, clap your hands ar honk your horn." The focus is on "feelings, emotions, 'experiences.'" Some 'charismatic1 leaders use techniques to persuade and even to coerce young he added. "They manipulate their emotional needs and at times quite knowingly use the Bible dishonestly." Dr. Beach, field secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, pointed out that while Jesus emphasized the "central- ity of the the Jesus movement brushes this aside and largely rejects the organ- ized churdKs. A light on the prairie When bright sunshine catches the spire of Picture Suite Roman Catholic Church, there is a bright reflection shining across the prairie. Recent renovations to the church have included copper sheeting orv the spire. THE LET r! BRIDGE HERALD ELIGION nvestinent policy sought: Anglicans off immoral earnings'? By HOD CUHIilE LONDON (CP) Amid charges that the Church ot England is living off "immo- ral pressure is building for its central board of finance to evolve a clear ethical as well as financial policy on church investments. At the heart of the storm is the board's retention of shares of Consolidated Gold Fields Ltd., a company that has a stake in South African gold mining and is alleged to have helped that country's apartheid policies. The returns on the invest- ment were probably greater because.the situation was one of virtual slave labor, Eaiil Rev. -Paul Oestreicher of SoutJwark at a recent general synod here. He also com- mended the church commis- A little talk...goes a long way. CALL LONG DISTANCE TO SAY HOW THINGS ARE GOING. TO HEAR HOW THINGS ARE It's a great way to travel. Fast and easy and fow in cost. You're there in seconds. And your call will mean so much. Who should you call Long Distance? MaKe it a surprise. Make it soon. Long Distance sioners for their new ethical million (about million) received from some "contributors" in dioceses throughout the country. The profits help finance church colleges, retired ministers and many other causes. The church commissioners, on the otlter hand, have assets of about million, much of it invested in land, from which profits pay ministers' salaries, build churches and generally administer the Church of England. MIGHT EAIIN MORE Sir Ronald Harris, chief commissioner, to'd the synod the commissioners might eas- ily -earn more than the present six-per-cent interest strict code of el hies on investments. For instance, they do not put their money directly into gambling, brewery, distillery, obaceo, theatre or movie into South Africa. But Harris said the commis- sioners were not prepared to follow entirely the lead of the World Council of Churches by disposing of every share in every company with some in- terest jn South Africa. The commissioners aimed "to reconcile necessity for in- vestment with the fullest pos- sible realization of Christian values." Several spokesmen urged the hoard to follow the com- missioners' example and pledged to carry the battle to the board's mealing in June. Ironically, the uproar came only days efter the World Council of Churches informed the United Nations' commit- tee on apartheid that it world sell its holdings in companies directly involved in invest- ment or trade with South Af- rica, Sotith-Yvest Africa (Na- Rhodesia, Angola and other countries with strict ra- cial barriers. SHARES SOLD At the same lima the Trus- tees for Roman Catholic Pur- poses, which benefit mainly English Jesuits, said the trust had sold its shares jn Consolidated Gold Fields. Tn defence of the Church of England board, chairman Sir Krirmmd Compfon said that while the commissioners were investing their own assets the board was acting as trustee for some contributors. There was a statutory obli- gation to invest tor the benefit of the contributors and, le- gally, "benefit" meant "finan- cial, benefit." Anyway, "we did not move into South were moved since the origi- nal investment had been in a British company whosa secur- ities were taken over by Con- solidated. Meanwhile, Theology, the journal of the Society for Pro- moting Christian Knowledge, suggested that it might be wiser and more effective for churches to hold onto South African investments. As shareholders they would have a right to press their moral views on policy on the boards management. Oestreicher noted this argu- ment, but insisted'. "What none of us can ac- cept is that we can simply go on living off immoral earn- ings." Key 73; Bibte delivery planned Easter bunny beware! There is something more than choco- late eggs to salute new life this spring. Gospel troxips from U Letn-, bridge churches participating in; Key 73 acilvities will be on doorstep delivering scripture'; portions to city residents the week before Easter. "The cily-wide distribution of. a Luke-Acts scripture portion will take place April Rev. Keith Churchill, Leth-; bvidge Ministerial Association' secretary treasurer announced this week. "Each ot the participating churches has been assigned a certain area to Mr. Churchill said. "Some may. chose to add a gospel leaflet or an invitation to attend vices at their church when Uvering the book." A flyer listing all 14 parti- cipating congregations wiU ac- company the city distribution. Key 73 is a year-long, interde- nominational evangelistic Ihrust designed to "call our continent to Christ." Other events being planned by Lethbridge Ministerial Associa- tion as part ot Key 73 include a youth rally, April 28, and a general "service of April 29. Mr. Churchill said further de- tails of these two public events will bs made after program de- tails have been finalized. Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church 1S09-29IK Slreet So. H. P. NIKKEI, Co.ordinator Phone 345-3335 School Service CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Corner 5lh Ave. end 13th St. S. SALVATION HEAIING MIRACLES Pasfor: Rev. T. W. Roytrofl Bible Class and Sunday School Service Service BEREAN CHRISTADELPHIANS 633 7fPi Street South Service PRAYING Mr. H. Blacker Wednesday Class A Hearty Welcome Awaits You Here BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American Baptist Generol Conference) 329 19 Street Norlh fostor: MANFRED TAUBENSEE Phono 328-2045 School (German and English Classes) Worship Service Service "We preach Christ Iho power and Wisdom of Gsd" REV. STANLEY STOREY Mission pioneer to speak PICTURE BUTTE (Special) missionary work in Guatemala and El Salvador will highlight a report to be given here at the Church of the Nazarew, Sunday. Rev. Stanley Storey, present- ly on furlough from Til Salva- dor, will speak at the It a.m. service, Mr. Storey served as a mis- sionary to Guatemala from 1936 to 1865. His experience has in- cluded physical construe t i o n work, Bible school teaching and church supervision. More recently, he and his wife have been in charge of a mobile Christian book store in El Salvador. St. Andrew's PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1818 5th Avenue South MINISTER-THE REVEREND I. HANKINSON, B.A. ORGANIST-MR. W. VANDERKOOY GOD" PROBLEM OF THE DEVIL" CHURCH SCHOOL: Ail classes from nursery to adult at a.m. Nursery and kindergarten during church hour also. 9tS Ave. and 16tti SI. S. 327-8827 REV. R. C. DEASUY Minister Ret, 327.4726 SUNDAY SERVICES School for all ages Worship Service PROGRAM No Preaching Excerpts from Sermon on the Mount will be read in conjunction with pictures MIDWEEK SERVICES AS USUAL A Friendly Welcome Awaits You EC ......MfNKTES...... 1202 3rd Avenue S. FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL a.m. p.m. REV. D. E. JANE EVANGELIST AND EDUCATION DIRECTOR ;